Ramadan Dukaan

Alhamdullillah, Ramadan is here again! The “Shalwar Kameez” and ‘Topi’ are out, the masajid are full, you can smell pakora’s everywhere in the evening and every single person knows the time for Fajr and Maghrib prayers… down to the EXACT second! Yes, Alhamdullillah, Ramadan is here again! But is it the same Ramadan that we are used to? Correct me if I am wrong but doesn’t Ramadan feel bigger, shinier

How to Find the Direction of the Qibla

The ‘Qibla’ is of utmost importance for the daily lives of Muslims. It is the direction towards the Ka’bah in Makkah, Saudi Arabia and is also the direction towards which all Muslims are ordered to pray five times a day. In the Quran, Allah (SWT) says: Verily! We have seen the turning of your (Muhammad’s SAW) face towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qiblah (prayer direction)

Al Khwarizmi – The Father of Algebra

It was one of the golden periods of Islamic history when the Islamic empire stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to India, under the rule of the Abbasids.  Baghdad was the world’s center of learning during this era. The House of Wisdom in Baghdad was the stage where a famous Muslim scholar was engaged in translating all the known Greek scientific works of the time into Arabic.  He was to become

Why is it Important for Muslims to Remember Death?

What will happen to me after I die? This is a question man has been asking ever since he became aware of the fact that life ends at some point.  Why is it important to think about this ultimate reality? Everything we do in life has a specific objective and a specific outcome, the same applies to life itself. Almost all religions believe in the existence of life after death,

Hafiz Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya – A Master of Quranic Interpretation (Tafsir)

One of the brightest stars among Muslim scholars and the most gifted disciple of Shaikh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, Shams Al-din Muhammad Ibn Abi Bakr, Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya was born in 1292 C.E. in a village near Damascus.   Information about his early childhood and education is scant except that he studied the basics of fiqh, hadith and other Islamic subjects from his father, who was the qayyim of Madrasa Al-Jawzziyah in Damascus.

The Effects of Innovations (Bid’ah) in Islam

Allah (SWT) asks us to become Muslims, which means to submit to him unconditionally and obey every command without question or modification.  After the era of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his companions, people started straying from the Deen due to weakness in Iman.  They started making amendments in the Deen by creating seemingly harmless innovations. Such innovations are what we refer to as bid’ah. What is Bid’ah? Bid’ah is the

Black Magic – Just Hokus Pokus or a Real Threat?

“Inside the only room of the house, a three-year-old girl … was lying on the floor with her hands and feet tied.”  “She was in a semi-conscious state, and her mother was sitting beside her.” “…the couple had lit a number of candles around the child, which police believe was part of some magic ritual. Police also found printed material containing black magic chants and other information.”  The scariest part:

I am a Muslim – Can I Fall in Love?

When I read Islamic literature or talk to Ulema, falling in love is a subject that is often avoided like the plague and – at best – looked down upon.  Why is it so? We live in a world where men and women constantly interact and are bound to be attracted to each other.  How should we deal with it? Should we just force ourselves into believing that it is

Is Breaking a Promise a Sin?

“I couldn’t come yesterday; sorry to make you wait.” How many times have we either heard or said this sentence or something to the same effect?  This may seem like something trivial to most of us and we don’t give it even a second thought.  However, in reality, this is a serious matter that we should be concerned with. “O you who believe! Fulfill your promises.” [Al-Ma’idah: 1] Misconception about

Takaful – The Islamic Alternative to Conventional Insurance

What will become of your family if you die or become disabled tomorrow? A very scary thought indeed, but this thought crosses our minds every now and then. Risks are an inherent part of life; the possibility of having your car stolen, or getting involved in an accident, the chance of your house being destroyed by a fire and many other such risks are a part of our lives; especially