Category: On Faith

I’ll Remember, Insha’Allah

I’ll Remember, Insha’Allah

Daliah Merzaban The other day I scheduled a long-overdue appointment for a dental cleaning. I had called a few days in advance and arranged for an early-morning slot so that I could arrive in the office before the workload got too heavy. Leaving my apartment about 35 minutes before the appointment, I imagined I left

Charity

Charity

To the Quranic word Zakah and the meaning it conveys, there is no equivalent in any other language as far as we know. It is not just a form of charity or alms-giving or tax or tithe. Nor is it simply an expression of kindness; it is all of these combined and much more. It

Prayer

Prayer

God has ordered Muslims to pray at five set times of day: Dawn, before sunrise: Fajr. Midday, after the sun passes its highest point: Dhuhr. The late part of the afternoon: Asr. Just after sunset: Maghrib. Late evening: Isha. Prayer sets the rhythm of the day This prayer timetable gives Muslims a pattern for their

Spiritual Benefits of Prayer

Spiritual Benefits of Prayer

Prayer, or Salat, was made obligatory for all Muslims, whether they be rich or poor, strong or weak, black or white, male or female. Prayer allows the believer to enrich their spirituality and cultivate the soul’s right to love and worship the Creator, Allah. “Verily, I am Allah! There is none worthy of worship but

Who is Allah?

Who is Allah?

Dr. Jamal Badawi The proper terminology used, in Islam, for God is “Allah.” There are a number of reasons for having a special word for God. First of all, the term “Allah” means, in Arabic, the one and only universal God or Creator and Provider of the universe. Notice here I am emphasizing “the one

Belief in One God

Belief in One God

The most fundamental teaching of Islam is to believe in the Oneness of God, in the sense of His being the only Creator, Preserver, Nourisher, etc. But this belief is not enough. Many of the idolaters knew and believed that only the Supreme God could do all this and yet they associated other gods with

Who are Muslims?

Who are Muslims?

Muslims are people who have professed belief in Islam. As believers, they worship the One God and revere Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him (pbuh), as the last messenger of God. Additionally, they also believe in all the prophets which preceded Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the holy books which they brought, such as the Psalms,

Arrangement and Collection of the Quran

Arrangement and Collection of the Quran

The present arrangement of the Quran is not the work of later generations, but was made by the Prophet, peace be upon him (p), under God’s directions. Whenever a chapter was revealed, the Prophet (p) summoned his scribes, to whom he carefully dictated its contents, and instructed them where to place it in relation to

Sanctity of Life: The Islamic Position on Terrorism

Sanctity of Life: The Islamic Position on Terrorism

877-WHY-ISLAM Brochure. Perhaps the greatest misunderstanding about Islam today is that it is an inherently violent religion whose followers condone acts of terrorism. In reality, terrorism and indiscriminate violence completely contradict the teachings of Islam. Islam is a religion of mercy and ethics.  It encourages people to beautify their relationship with God and with those

Adhan: Call to Prayer

Adhan: Call to Prayer

It’s the first thing recited in the ears of a newborn babe; it’s often the first thing recited in a new home. And it rings out in mosques, Islamic schools, homes, and on the street in Muslim communities five times a day. The adhan, or Islamic call to prayer, is an integral part of the