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Is Jesus Divine

The Qurʾān makes this clear in the following verse, Christ the son of Mary was no more than a messenger; many were the messengers that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They had both to eat their (daily) food. See how Allah makes His signs clear to them; yet see […]

By |April 18th, 2017|Articles of Faith, Home Article|0 Comments

What the Pen Taught Me About Purpose

Marwa Assar

I was once at a Purification of the Heart Retreat where our teacher asked us to write down reflections each day about what we took away from that day’s education and experience.  He would then call on people to share their reflections. On one of the days, we all went on a hiking trip where […]

By |April 17th, 2017|Articles of Faith, Home Article|0 Comments
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    Chasing a Mirage

    Each day you wake up and strive to achieve a level of happiness. But what exactly are you looking for? What is it that you seek that will ultimately give you a sense of satisfaction? Is it money, relationships, status, or a particular accomplishment? What is it about your current situation that you are unhappy […]

Chasing a Mirage

Each day you wake up and strive to achieve a level of happiness. But what exactly are you looking for? What is it that you seek that will ultimately give you a sense of satisfaction? Is it money, relationships, status, or a particular accomplishment? What is it about your current situation that you are unhappy […]

By |April 10th, 2017|Articles of Faith, Home Article|0 Comments

Death and Dying

No matter what one’s beliefs are concerning the hereafter, everyone knows that this world will come to an end sooner or later. With each second and each breath, we get closer to the end of our life on earth. The nature of man is forgetfulness, we forget that we are here temporarily. Since we are […]

By |April 5th, 2017|Articles of Faith, Home Article|0 Comments
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    Islam and the Environment

    Caring for the environment is an important teaching of Islam. The Qurʾān describes mankind as being stewards of the earth and therefore Muslims must care for the earth. It is our responsibility to care for the earth and environment. The reality of climate change requires us to rethink our lifestyles and actions and we must […]

Islam and the Environment

Caring for the environment is an important teaching of Islam. The Qurʾān describes mankind as being stewards of the earth and therefore Muslims must care for the earth. It is our responsibility to care for the earth and environment. The reality of climate change requires us to rethink our lifestyles and actions and we must […]

By |March 27th, 2017|Articles of Faith, Home Article|0 Comments

Benefits of Prayer

In his famous book on Provisions of the Hereafter, Ibn Qayyim mentions several benefits of prayer. These serve as a reminder for those seeking spiritual and emotional relief that prayer is the best outlet. The benefits of prayer include:
– It brings one closer to God
– Removes sins
– It brings relief to the soul
– It helps release negative emotion
– Prayer removes […]

By |March 27th, 2017|Articles of Faith, Home Article|0 Comments

Read in the Name of God

The first word revealed in the Qurʾān was “read” or “recite.” The word iqra carries both meanings in it. Reading is a gateway to spiritual growth and intellectual development. Today, short tweets and social media posts cause many to be lazy to spend time reading and indulging in deep and reflecting thinking. Electronics like smartphones […]

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Giving God a Loan

It might be a natural tendency to think that one loses money when they give charity. However, Islam challenges that notion. The Prophet peace be upon him is noted to have said that giving charity does not decrease one’s wealth. Allah also says in the Qurʾān: Who is it that will lend Allah a goodly […]

By |March 27th, 2017|Articles of Faith, Home Article|0 Comments

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 […]

By |March 13th, 2017|Articles of Faith, Home Article|0 Comments

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 […]

By |March 13th, 2017|Articles of Faith, Home Article|0 Comments