How To Fear

How To Fear | Part I

FEAR IS A common emotion, and “scared” is a word we often hear. It is an older sense of the English word “fear” that is key to our success in responding to Allah’s Guidance, and thus in attaining His blessings. Allah repeatedly…

Learned Helplessness

IN 1965, MARTIN E.P. Seligman, while studying the relationship between fear and learning, accidentally discovered an unexpected phenomenon while doing experiments on dogs using Pavlovian (classical conditioning) technique. Seligman used a harmless electric shock to condition and restrain the dog so it…

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…