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A Tree Without a Fruit

The first word revealed in the Qurʾān was “read.” Islam consistently emphasizes and encourages people to learn, read, think, reflect, and ponder. However, one cannot stop at knowledge, one must also act on what they know. Knowledge without action is like a tree that cannot give fruits. It is a tree, but what is the point of a tree if one cannot reap any benefits from it? Likewise, action without knowledge is also dangerous. The great caliph ʿUmar ibn ʿAbd […]

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Parent Child Communication

Islam is a religion for all, young, old, male, female, educated, and the unlettered. The Qurʾān provides guidance about proper parent-child communication. Prophets in the Qurʾān were all concerned about the guidance of their children. A constant theme in Prophet Ibrahim’s supplication was that his offspring be guided, establish prayer, and are saved from idol worship. Time tends to go by so fast that we often lose track of the last time we actually spent time with our children and […]

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Righty or Lefty? Books on the Day of Judgement

Muslims believe that on the day of resurrection mankind will stand before God waiting for judgment about their eternal destiny. Is it heaven or hell? The Qurʾān notes that people will know the answer to their fate depending on which hand they receive their book of deeds in. This book contains all the details of their life and actions, leaving out nothing.

Then as for him who will be given his Record in his right hand will say: “Take, read my […]

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Preservation of Prophet Muhammad’s Statements

Part 1

How Do We Know the Prophet Really Said It?

How do we know that the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, actually said the things Muslims claim he said? Do the words attributed to the Prophet, peace be upon him, belong to him or someone else? To answer these questions Muslim scholars developed a scientific method to measure the authenticity, or lack thereof, of each statement attributed to the Prophet. These statements are called ḥadīth. The terms hadīth and Sunna […]

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Muslims Making America Great, Again and Again

If one’s only source of information are certain news outlets, one may think that Muslims make no contribution to America. In fact, one might even have an image of Muslims as monsters out to mercilessly rampage and kill. Recently, some politicians have even called for a complete ban on Muslims entering America until they can “figure out” what is going on. When an individual Muslim commits a crime, all Muslims are collectively held responsible. There are often mass shootings in […]

By |March 5th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Waiting in Line….for the ultimate end

The famous Companion of the Prophet, peace be upon him, named Umar once said:
“Everyday it is said that so and so has died, and there must come a day when it will be said that Umar has died. Death is a reality that each of us will face, sooner or later. One may live a thousand years, but at the end they will ultimately still experience death.”
Unlike the Companion Umar who constantly prepared and reminded himself of that moment, many […]

By |February 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Gratitude is a State of Mind

Everyday when we wake up we cannot control what happens to us or what comes our way, but we can control how we react to it. We can be grateful for the good and patient with the bad, or the opposite. Gratitude is essentially a state of mind where one reminds themselves to focus on the positive even when things are not going as we wish.

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said:
“How wonderful is the case of a Believer! There […]

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When the Baby Girl is Asked…

The Qurʾān paints a powerful scene of the day of judgment when the weakest and most fragile humans will receive justice. It was a common custom in some pre-Islamic Arab cultures to bury their new born daughters alive. This custom may have been taking place for decades, but God did not forget these girls. And when the girl who was buried alive is asked: For what sin she was killed? (Q. 81: 8-9). These new born girls are forgotten in […]

By |February 11th, 2017|

Does God Exist? Prove it!

The question of God’s existence is one that is often raised in gatherings, classrooms, television, and movies. While some doubt God, many humans throughout different times, cultures, and regions acknowledged the existence of a higher power. Despite the fact that humans differ on almost everything, the belief in a higher power has been consistent in all cultures, times, and places. Atheism has grown more prominent in modern times, especially after the West had very bad experiences with the Church. Therefore, […]

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Meeting the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him

Imagine meeting the Prophet peace be upon him. What would you say? How would you introduce yourself? How will you stand? What will you wear? It is likely to be a very nerve wrecking experience because one would naturally want to do and say everything that pleases him. Abu Mas’ud reported that a man came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and his voice trembled as he spoke to him. The Prophet said to him: Be calm, […]

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