Category: Five Pillars of Islam

Becoming Spiritually Punctual

Becoming Spiritually Punctual

by Daliah Merzaban Before I genuinely began to cultivate and nurture my relationship with God, I regarded the five daily prayers that Islam enjoins on believers as laborious. It seemed impractical to expect that I would be able to stop what I was doing during my busy work schedule to take time out and pray. Working

Festival of The Sacrifice

Festival of The Sacrifice

Azra Awan Muslims from all over the world anticipate the annual three-day celebration of a historical event that took place thousands of years ago during the time of Prophet Abraham [pbuh]1. This occasion, known as Eid-ul-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, is a representation of two significant Islamic events: the culmination of the Hajj (or

Universal Lessons of Hajj

Universal Lessons of Hajj

Faisal Kutty Millions of pilgrims from all over the world will be converging on Mecca in the coming days. They will retrace the footsteps of millions who have made the spiritual journey to the valley of Mecca since the time of Adam. Hajj literally means, “to continuously strive to reach one’s goal.” It is the

Hajj and the Neglected Legacy of a Great Woman

Hajj and the Neglected Legacy of a Great Woman

Dr. Mohammad Omar Farooq Islam teaches us to submit completely and whole-heartedly. “O you who believe! Enter into Islam completely, whole-heartedly…” (Quran 2:208) It also calls for a submission that is spontaneous and conscientious, without any hesitation or resistance against the will and guidance of God. “But no, by your Lord, they can have no

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

Rush to Virtue

Rush to Virtue

By Abu Zayd Muhammad, the final prophet of Islam, stated: “Every Muslim should give charity.” He was asked, “What if one cannot?” He replied, “Then he should go find work and help himself and others.” He was asked, “What if one cannot?” The Prophet, peace be upon him (pbuh), replied,“Then he should help someone in

Mosques and Congregational Prayer

Mosques and Congregational Prayer

Prayer in congregation is considered to have more social and spiritual benefit than praying by oneself. The congregation is led by a person called an imam, who is usually chosen as the person with the best knowledge of the Quran, preferably someone who has memorized the entire Quran (a hafiz). The remaining people stand behind

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