ARE YOU A COMPLETE MUSLIM? | Part 17

TAKING ONE’S INTENDED PLACE IN OUR BROTHERHOOD Being a complete Muslim is not a spectator sport in which your required duties are performed by your Imam or by your community’s officially designated anti-Islamophobia activists or da’wah specialists. To the contrary, developing a…

The Fast of the Prophet

THE NINTH MONTH on the Islamic calendar—twenty-nine or thirty days of community fasting (Ṣawm), from crescent to crescent, Ramadan—is, among other things, a celebration of Al-Ra ḥmân’s renewal of guidance to mankind. Our Ramadan and Its Associations with Revelation One of the great…
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…

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’…