Justice and Its Relationship to Knowledge – Sayyid Naquib al-Attas

Justice and Its Relationship to Knowledge By Sayyid Naquib al-Attas The modern era has witnessed three significant developments that have created unprecedented challenges to the Muslim community: (1) public education, mass media, and mass literacy, (2) the disintegration of Islamic polities, and (3) the formation of learning institutes based on Western concepts, values, and processes. […]

Alhamdulillah: A Statement of the Oneness of God

“The Surah [Fatihah] begins with the words Al-hamdulillah, signifying that all praise essentially belongs to Allah. Whosoever praises anything anywhere in the world is ultimately praising Allah. [Everything Indicates Towards Allah] The sensible world contains millions of things which compel man’s attention and admiration for their beauty and usefulness, but if one tries to look […]

Understanding the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah: Al-Muhaymin

Al-Muhaymin means “an overpowering authority”.  Think a parent who sets rules for the child’s best interest. Recall, of course, that Allah is absolutely dissimilar from His creation and yet He Sees and Hears everything. One facet of Allah’s overpowering authority is that He controls the various trusts a human being has been given. One of […]

Raising Children with Deen and Dunya

by Hina Khan-Mukhtar I still vividly remember the first night I spent by myself in the hospital after delivering my eldest son Shaan. The guests were gone for the day, the hallway lights were dimmed, the nurses were speaking outside my room in muted tones. “Knock, knock!” came a cheerful voice from the doorway. “Someone’s […]

Understanding the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah: Al-Mu’min

Al-Mu’min means The Faithful. Being faithful entails being trusted and there is no being worthy of our trust other than Allah.  Allah has made many promises in the Qu’ran and although we might not see the manifestations of these promises immediately, we must believe that Allah will fulfill promises of mercy and ease despite the […]

Characteristics to be Adopted: Controlling the Tongue – Imam Zaid Shakir – New Islamic Directions

Characteristics to be Adopted: Controlling the Tongue by Imam Zaid Shakir … Ibrahim al-Nakha’i, on of the teachers of Imam Abu Hanifa, may Allah have mercy on them both, mentioned: “The people ruined before you were done in by three characteristics: too much talking, too much eating, and too much sleeping.” … A. Silence (الصمت) […]

Pursuit of Islamic Knowledge by Ustadh Faraz Khan

Ramadan, Eid and the Pursuit of Islamic Knowledge By Ustadh Faraz Khan, of Risala Foundation (Houston, TX) With the conclusion of another Ramadan, it is fitting to remind ourselves of the essence of the joyous occasion of Eid al-Fitr. Say: for the Grace of God and for His Mercy – so for that let them […]

Biography of Habib al-‘Ajami

HABIB AL-`AJAMI His conversion (tawbat) was begun by Hasan of Basra. At first he was a usurer and committed all sorts of wickedness, but God gave him a sincere repentance, and he learned from Hasan something of the theory and practice of religion. His native tongue was Persian (`ajami) and he could not speak Arabic […]

Understanding the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah: Al-Salam

Al-Salam means “The Flawless” and comes from the same root as “peace” as entities are at peace when they are flawless. Salam is also derived from the same word as “Islam.” While Islam is often translated as “to submit”, this is not the best translation. Shaykh  Abdul-Hakim Murad writes that Islam does not mean submission, rather, it entails letting go. This […]

The Proper Manners of Keeping Allah’s Company – Imam Ghazali

Imam Ghazali states in his work, The Beginnings of Guidance: The Proper Manners of Keeping Allah’s Company Know that the companion who never leaves you whether you are resident or travelling, whether asleep or awake, both in your life and after your death is your Lord, Master, Protector, and Creator. And whenever you make remembrance of […]