Faith & Beliefs

A Night Greater than One Thousand Months

Laylatul Qadr, the Night of Power, is the most blessed night of the entire year. Its significance and glory has been described and discussed in the Holy Qur’an itself, as well as in numerous traditions. Can we imagine its full import and can we comprehend its full glory? The Holy Qur’an …

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The Magnificence of Lady Fatimah [pbuh]

By Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Khamenei According to the predominant [historical] accounts, the noble daughter of the Prophet [p] was born in the fifth year preceding the biʿthah1. Therefore, the age of Faṭimah al-Zahrāʾ (upon whom be peace [p]) at martyrdom would be eighteen years. It is also mentioned that the …

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A Month of Bounties and Blessings

The first week of Sha’ban is home to the birth anniversaries of some of the most important figures in Islamic history. By Masooma Beatty 3rd Sha’ban: Imam Hussain ibn Ali (peace be upon him), born 4 AH 4th Sha’ban: Abbas ibn Ali (peace be upon him), born 26 AH 5th …

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The Spiritual Season – Q&A With Sheikh Salim Yusufali

  Interview with Shiekh Salim Yusufali on the significance of the blessed months of Rajab, Sha’ban, and Ramadan. 1) Why are the three Islamic months of Rajab, Sha’ban, and Ramadhan considered as the “spiritual season?” Allah has created the physical universe in a way that throughout the year, we typically …

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We are Equal, but not the Same

The Islamic tradition states that men and women are equal, but different, in the eyes of Allah. The term equality is a loaded term that has been used by politicians and social activists to support their own personal agendas. What does it mean when Islam states that the two genders …

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Love for the Prophet’s Household

By Sayyid Muhammad Rida Hijaz As part of the love for the Prophet, love for the Household of the Prophet is also necessary for all believers. In fact, it is a test of the genuineness of one’s love for the Prophet, and it is declared in traditions that it is …

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Levels of Submission

By Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari The most basic condition of soundness of heart is to be submissive to the truth.  Submission has three levels: submission of the body, submission of the intellect, and submission of the heart. When two opponents face each other in combat and one of them feels likely …

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Lady Fatima: the Manifestation of Kawthar

By Jerrmein Abu Shahba Sura Kawthar is one of the shortest chapters in the Holy Qur’an, yet it is one of the richest ones too. It carries a fountain of knowledge for those who seek to extract its deeper meaning and wisdom. The interpreters of the Qur’an in the different …

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Gratitude

By Sheikh Hamid Waqar A Muslim’s gratitude towards Allah is of such importance that he should strive night and day to be thankful of the Lord’s bounties. Being grateful is expressing one’s satisfaction of Allah’s blessings, either verbally or through action. There are many verses of the Quran and traditions …

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The Splendor of the Prophet of Islam

The Splendor of the Prophet of Islam

Previous Prophets mentioned some of the characteristics of the Prophet of Islam in their heavenly books, giving their followers the glad tidings of his future appearance. As the Quran says: “Those to whom We sent books (the Jews and the Christians) know well of Muhammad and his truthfulness, just as …

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Spirituality is Intoxication

    Spiritualism has been metaphorically considered to be a form of intoxication throughout history. As with any metaphor, this overshadows a large portion of what true spirituality actually entails. Many famous poets have referenced wine and drunkenness to express how one feels when in a spiritual state. Shouldn’t one …

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The Teachings of Muhammad (pbuh)

  In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. “Say: Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited for you: Join not anything in worship with Him; be good and dutiful to your parents; kill not your children because of poverty – We provide sustenance for …

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Intolerance: The Enemy Within

  Racial, ethnic and ideological intolerances, as well as the often more destructive yet rarely highlighted frictions that arise from inter-state politics and rivalries have all featured in one way or another during our lifetimes—always with calamitous results. In recent times, western media outlets have zoomed in on Islamic radicalism …

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Stand Up and Speak Out

  Though she’s had her name smeared, her car egged and her phone pranked, a non-Muslim friend of mine continues her battle against Islamophobia, serving as an inspiration for Muslims who claim to be custodians of the truth but increasingly don’t dare speak out for fear of repercussions in a …

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