Category: On Faith

Hajj: The Journey of a Lifetime

Hajj: The Journey of a Lifetime

by Ni’mah Isma’il Nawwab The hajj, or pilgrimage to Makkah, a central duty of Islam whose origins date back to the Prophet Abraham, brings together Muslims of all races and tongues for one of life’s most moving spiritual experiences. For 14 centuries, countless millions of Muslims, men and women from the four corners of the

Hajj: Origin And Significance

Hajj: Origin And Significance

by Syed Abul Ala Maududi Introduction Hajj, or the Pilgrimage, is the last among those acts of Worship, which Islam enjoins upon you. Like the prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving, it mounds your life and prepares you so that you may live in surrender to Allah. The word Hajj means to make a resolve to visit

Why are millions going to Makkah?

Why are millions going to Makkah?

877-Why-Islam presents a brief talk given by Mubinul Kathrada at an interfaith luncheon hosted by Zubaida Foundation. Hajj, or the Pilgrimage, is the last among those acts of Worship, which Islam enjoins upon its followers. Like Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving, it mounds their life and prepares them so that they may live in surrender to

Women in Islam

Women in Islam

877-WHY-ISLAM Brochure Oppressed, inferior, and unequal – for many people, these are the first words that come to mind when thinking about women in Islam. These stereotypes confuse Islam with cultural practices and fail to recognize that Islam has empowered women with the most progressive rights since the 7th century. In Islam, women are not

Are We Really Inspired by Prophet Muhammad?

Are We Really Inspired by Prophet Muhammad?

By Tarek M. T. Ezzat In June 2010, Muslims in the UK produced an excellent series of short videos titled “Inspired by Muhammad” to improve public understanding of Islam and Muslims. This campaign gave an overview of many aspects of the manners, teachings and dealings of Prophet Muhammad which most non-Muslims are not familiar with,

Remembering 9/11 Today

Remembering 9/11 Today

Saulat Pervez September 11, 2001, changed everything. We who had led carefree lives centering on our individual routines, blissfully uninformed about international events or the politics of far-flung places, were caught unawares. A stunned nation watched with horror, filled with hurt and anger. Grief engulfed our hearts, questions pricked our minds, and suspicions lurked in

Moment of Clarity

Moment of Clarity

By Daliah Merzaban When endeavouring to explain to someone how I uncovered my spirituality, I usually say it happened quite suddenly, in a moment of clarity. Throughout my childhood and young adult years, God remained in the background of my consciousness. I believed in Him, and performed some rituals of worship to express this belief. Yet

Tariq Amanullah: A Tribute

Tariq Amanullah: A Tribute

Tariq Amanullah went to work at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and simply never returned. He is often identified as an assistant vice president of Fiduciary Trust. However, few people know that Amanullah, a Muslim by faith, was also one of the founding members of 877-Why-Islam. 877-Why-Islam team members remember Amanullah for his humility,

What is Shariah? (video)

What is Shariah? (video)

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

By Sabeen Khan The Virgin Mary. Mary, the Pure. Mariam, upon whom be peace. This blessed woman’s life is evident through many stories and teachings. She has a prominent, significant, and revered role in the Quran and Islam. The story of the Blessed Mary is a truly beautiful one. She descended from the family of