Tiny Steps Toward A Big Journey

Tiny Steps Toward A Big Journey

ONE OF THE first pictures our children identify is that of the Ka‘bah. There it is: A black cube. Simplistic in taste. Overwhelming in presence. Surrounded by a sea of people clad in white. This is Allah’s House, our children know. My…

Why Parents Choose Islamic Day Schools

Why do parents choose Islamic day schools for their children? To answer this question, it helps to first consider the macro level, by which I mean the social and religious context in which Muslim families live. In North America, the Muslim population…
Only Allah Can Judge Me

Only Allah Can Judge Me!

“Only Allah Can Judge Me!”  This phrase is thrown around quite often, mostly by those wanting to find a loophole to justify their questionable actions. In a time where there is an explosion of knowledge on the Internet and many people are…
Why Islamic Day Schools?

Why Islamic Day Schools?

Recently I was approached by a family asking my opinion on the value of sending children to Islamic schools.  Put another way, this family was essentially wondering, and debating, the merits of sending their children to an Islamic school compared to other…

Wishing for Death

ANAS RELATES THAT Allah’s Messenger said, “One of you should not wish for death because of a difficulty that has affected him. If he must [say something], then let him say, ‘Allahumma, aheenee maa kaanatil hayaatu khairan lee, wa tawaffanee  idhaa  kaanatil  wafaatu khairan lee.’ (Allah, give me life…

Perfect Justice Between Wives

Allah says, “You will never be able to do perfect justice between your wives, even if it is your ardent desire, so do not incline too much to one of them leaving the other suspended [between divorce and marriage]. If you do all that is…
Persecution of the Previous Believers

Persecution of the Previous Believers

Ibn Mas‘ūd related that on the day of Ḥunayn, Allah’s Messenger favored some people [over others] in the distribution [of the spoils]. He gave to al-Aqra‘ b. Ḥābis one-hundred camels, to ‘Uyaynah bin Ḥiṣn, he gave a similar amount, and he gave to the other…
Muhasaba: On Being Honest with Oneself

Muhasaba: On Being Honest with Oneself

TO TAKE ACCOUNT of oneself, that is, to undergo honest self-criticism, is part of the Muslim practice of muhasaba, or self-inventory. According to ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, to engage in muhasaba is to “assess and adjudge yourselves…

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