Category: Five Pillars of Islam

Benefits of Fasting

Benefits of Fasting

by Fatin Khairallah The blessed month of Ramadan is a time for inner reflection, self-discipline and self-improvement. If put into proper practice, these self-checks lead to purification of the inner-self. The fasting performed in Ramadan is one of the most successful ways to formulate good habits. When conducted for the worship of God, fasting gives

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

Worship in Islam

Worship in Islam

877-WHY-ISLAM Brochure. Request a copy View in PDF In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful   Since the beginning of human history, worship has played a central role in people’s lives. Devotion to a higher being continues to tie humanity together despite differences in customs and a variety of beliefs. We

Hunger: Our Responsibility and Ultimate Reality!

Hunger: Our Responsibility and Ultimate Reality!

By Mahbubur Rahman For the first time in human history, the number of people suffering from chronic hunger has reached one billion! Today, one out of every six persons in the world is starving. According to a UN report, about 25,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes. More unfortunately, it is children

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

Interfaith Action On Hunger: A Shared Obligation

Interfaith Action On Hunger: A Shared Obligation

J. Andreas Hipple With more than 1 billion undernourished people – many of them children – across the globe, hunger is a problem that affects all religions and nationalities. The roots of hunger are as diverse as the communities that it affects; conflict, natural disaster, water shortages, disease, climate change, and, of course, poverty are

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

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