The Journey of Hajj

by Habeeba Husain Many people have heard of the Five Pillars of Islam, a simple breakdown of the main obligations for a Muslim. Open any basic book to learn about this religion, and most certainly, you will find these five pillars. After the testament of faith, prayer, fasting, and charity, [...]

2017-12-01T00:17:43+00:00August 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Pilgrimage (Hajj)

Hajj literally means, “to continuously strive to reach one’s goal.” The Hajj, or Pilgrimage to Mecca, is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those who have the physical and financial ability to undertake the journey.

2017-12-20T17:32:16+00:00September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Family

We live in an age where the importance of family values is declining in society. Divorce rates are at an all time high, couples are marrying on average at older ages and the number of single parent families has increased. Overall, the proportion of people in happy marriages has declined [...]

2017-12-19T18:58:55+00:00November 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Character

An individual’s character is one of the most important aspects of Islam. Perfecting one’s character is something every Muslim must strive for. In doing so, one must be conscious of internalizing values such as integrity, honesty, compassion,  justice and tolerance. However, it must all begin with faith: the essential character [...]

2017-12-20T17:38:13+00:00November 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Social Ties

“It (Islam) replaced monkishness by manliness. It gives hope to the slave, brotherhood to mankind, and recognition of the fundamental facts of human nature.” [Canon Taylor, Paper read before the Church Congress at Walverhamton, Oct. 7, 1887, Quoted by Arnond in The Preaching of Islam, pp. 71-72.] Islam, the [...]

2017-12-20T17:39:20+00:00November 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Gender Relations

In the Quran, God declares, “…In God’s eyes, the most honored of you are the ones most mindful of Him: God is all knowing, all aware” (49:13). Islam clearly establishes that men and women are equal in front of God. At the same time, it does recognize that they are not [...]

2017-12-19T18:55:49+00:00November 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Shariah

Shariah: An Introduction The final prophet of Islam, Muhammad, peace be upon him, began receiving revelations from God at the age of 40 in 610 C.E. Over the next 23 years, the Quran, the holy book of Islam, was gradually revealed which represents not only the spiritual fountainhead for [...]

2017-12-20T17:39:38+00:00November 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Towards Purification

For Abdullah Alvarez, Ramadan is a time of intense focus on Islam. He tries to spend as much time at the mosque as possible, reciting Quran and attending any study circle. One of the things which helped him last Ramadan was to create a schedule around the 99 names of [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:02+00:00February 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:29+00:00December 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|
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