Category: On Faith

What is Islam?

What is Islam?

The word Islam means voluntary “Submission” or “Surrender” to the Will of God. It derives from the root word “salam,” meaning peace. In the Quran, God defines that the only purpose for which He created mankind is to Worship Him. Islam recognizes that humankind has free choice in whether to obey or disobey God, but

Declaration of Faith

Declaration of Faith

The Shahada or Testimony of Faith The First Pillar of Islam The word “Muslim” means one who submits to the will of God, regardless of their race, nationality or ethnic background. Becoming a Muslim is a simple and easy process that requires no pre-requisites. One may convert alone in privacy, or he/she may do so

Jihad Explained

Jihad Explained

By M. Amir Ali, Ph.D.,Published by The Institute of Islamic Information & Education In the linguistic sense, the Arabic word “jihad” means struggling or striving and applies to any effort exerted by anyone. In this sense, a student struggles and strives to get an education and pass course work; an employee strives to fulfill his/her

Voices of Muslim Women

Voices of Muslim Women

In spite of the impression dominant in the West that Islam is oppressive to women, the majority of American converts to Islam are women. The following are the expressed feelings of several anonymous Muslim women converts to Islam who happen to be Americans. They hoped to convey their feelings to loved ones and others within

The Preservation of the Glorious Quran

The Preservation of the Glorious Quran

A Miracle to last till the End! The Methodology The Glorious Quran is the pure word of God. There is not a single word therein that is not divine. Divine verses therefore, have not been mingled with the history of the Arabs or the events that occurred during the period its revelation. The Book has

Is Life Fair?

Is Life Fair?

Bio of Nouman Ali Khan Nouman is the founder and CEO of Bayyinah, as well as the lead instructor for a number of Bayyinah courses including the ‘Fundamentals of Classical Arabic’ and ‘Divine Speech’. His first exposure to Arabic study was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he completed his elementary education. He continued Arabic grammar

Five Pillars of Islam

Five Pillars of Islam

These are the foundation of Muslim life and Muslims are required to observe them with utmost devotion. Just like a building lacks stability without strong pillars, a believer’s relationship with God lacks focus without observance of the five pillars. These pillars form the foundation and starting point for all other good deeds and acts of

The Complete Islamic Personality

The Complete Islamic Personality

Jamaal Diwan Islam is a holistic system that impacts all areas of a person’s life. To this effect, Imam Hasan Al-Banna, a famous Muslim scholar, says, “A Muslim should strive to attain a strong body, good character, cultured thought. He should be able to earn a living, have pure belief, and correct worship. He should

Faith: Belief in the Unseen

Faith: Belief in the Unseen

By Lamya Hamad Islam places great importance on having faith In order to become a Muslim, a person must testify, “I bear witness that there is no God but the One God, and Muhammad is a Messenger of God.” A Muslim must believe this without ever having seen God or Muhammad. Faith, then, is an

Jinn

Jinn

By Dr. Jamal Badawi     When we talk about God’s creatures, let’s classify them into two main groups, the seen and the un-seen.  Now the creatures that are seen can be classified into two major groups, humans and others.  By others we mean animals, animate and inanimate objects. Angels and Jinn: Unseen creatures For