Ghazali: The Importance Of Character – emel – the muslim lifestyle magazine

Reflections Of Imam Ghazali – The Importance Of Character | Feature Articles | Features | February 2011 | emel – the muslim lifestyle magazine   Subscribe to emel magazine:   Imam Ghazali may have lived over 900 years ago, but in the true spirit of Islam his work, analysis and thoughts are as relevant today […]

What Can I Do About My Poor Relationship With My Stepmother?

Answered by Ustadha Sulma Badrudduja Question: As’Salamu Alaykum, I don’t get along with my stepmother.  She treats her own children better than my own siblings. I do everything I can to make her happy.  Most the time she is nice but sometimes she can make my life a misery. When she doesn’t get her way […]

My Parents Tend to Fight Very Often: What Should I Do?

Answered by Ustadha Sulma Badrudduja Question: My parents tend to fight very often. What should I do? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I hope you are and your family are in the best of states inshaAllah. The essential role that good character holds in one’s faith and practice, in general, and a priori towards family, […]

The Spiritual Death of the Heart Through Excessive Laughter & the Prophet’s Moderate Sense of Humor

Answered by Ustadh Faraz A. Khan Question: I heard this narration from someone where the Prophet said if a person laughs excessively  it makes the person’s heart hard. I am not sure whether its authentic or not. I was wondering, does it really make the person’s heart heard physically or is it referring to the […]

Changing Those Around One: Attaching One’s Self to Allah & the Prophetic Sunna

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: I live in an environment full of Muslims. Although many of them can be either stubborn proud or just arrogant, I noticed that a number of my Muslim sisters do not pray right. Being one of the youngest I do not feel it my place to bring up this […]

Good Character is Not Becoming Angry

[Excerpt from “The Compendium of Knowledge and Wisdom” by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali] It was in this way that Imam Ahmad and Ishaq ibn Rahwayh explained good character as giving up anger, and that has also been related as a marfu’ hadith which Muhammad ibn Nasr al-Marwazi related in the Kitab as-Salah in a hadith of […]

Spiritual Struggle: The Trial Of Dealing With People

Answered by Ustadha Sulma Badrudduja Question: I often encounter rude behavior from sisters when I attend the mosque and other events. This burdens my spirit and I’ve concluded that Islam is the relationship between you and God and the ummah part is just extra if you can deal with it. In other words I don’t […]