Category: Five Pillars of Islam

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

FAQ’s about Ramadan

FAQ’s about Ramadan

Q: What is Ramadan? A: Ramadan is the name of the ninth Islamic lunar month. It is the month God ordered the Muslims to fast since it was the month He revealed the Quran (the Muslims’ holy scripture) to Muhammad (the final Prophet of God). Muslims abstain from eating, drinking and intimate relations with their

Fasting of Ramadan: A Time for Change

Fasting of Ramadan: A Time for Change

Taha Ghayyur & Taha Ghaznavi “Fasting in Ramadan develops in a person the real spirit of social belonging, of unity and brotherhood, and of equality before God. This spirit is the natural product of the fact that when people fast they feel that they are joining the whole Muslim society (which makes up more than

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