Are You a Complete Muslim? | Part 15

CULTIVATING RESULTS (continued) The rituals of our Islamic practices  –articulating the Shahadah, performing Prayer, giving Zakah, practicing Fasting – are not ‘magic.’ But rather, the accomplishment of them ‘primes the [water] pump,’ so to speak, and prepares for the spiritually life-giving ‘water’…

The Role of Parents in Training Their Children

Children are an Amanah from Allah ṣubhanahu wata‘ala, a gift and blessing entrusted to us, and we as parents are responsible for their upbringing. Indeed, family life in Islam is about the obligations of parents to their children. Since Muslims have responsibilities…

God Knows History

AS I WAS reading the history of the Dravidian religion of India that prevailed before the coming of the Aryans from the north, I was struck with horror by the “religious” beliefs and practices. There existed sects who worshiped the male sexual…

The Final Return | Part 5

State of the Soul After Passage through the Gate (continued) Abu Hurairah narrated from the Messenger of Allah (about Nakir and Munkir, who question the soul in its grave and test its faith): “When the dead of one of you is buried,…

Epiphany in Appalachia

I SIT HERE in the middle of the night in Appalachia, in fulfillment of a commitment made long ago to one dear. Appalachia is among the resource-richest places on earth, long one of the poorest, and certainly one of the most maligned…

The Ansar and Us

THE NAME OF Anṣâr never fails to evoke undertones of sacrifice, submission, and love of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ and warm sentiments of appreciation in our hearts. There is much for us to learn from their lives. Is there something common…