Seeking Sincerity: How Can One Strive To Have One’s Actions Accepted by Allah Most High?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Assalam Aleikum, It is scary to imagine that you might THINK you’re doing something for Allah but that’s not the case–that one’s actions may be insincere and therefore not acceptable to Allah. In that sense, is it reasonable to say that there’s nothing we can do beyond praying that […]

What Should Be the Reality of Our Love Towards the Prophet (Peace be Upon him)? A Reader

Say (O Prophet): “If you really love Allah, then follow me, and Allah shall love you and forgive you your sins.” Qur’an [3.31] Cultivating Love for Prophet Muhammad Thinking of Him in Prayer – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Answer by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani to the following question: I’m a new Muslim and I am struggling with […]

Imam Ghazali’s Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din’s Importance and Value: A Reader

Imam Ghazali’s Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din ranks as one of the most widely read books in Islam, having earned the praise of the scholars and the general acceptance of the Community. The Ihya was also strongly criticized for a variety of reasons, among them the number of weak or forged narrations cited in it. This reader […]

The Martyrdom of Imam Hussain at Karbala: A Reader

Videos and answers from al-Habib Umar b. Hafiz, Habib Ali al-Jifri, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Shaykh Gibril Haddad, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, and others on the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (Allah be pleased with him) at Karbala and the day of ‘Ashura ‘Ashura and remembering al-Husayn’s honor of martyrdom – al-Habib Umar b. Hafiz Partial translation of […]

What is Islamic Spirituality? A Reader

“Success is really attained by him who purifies it”[Qur’an, 91.9] Answers What is Sufism? (tasawwuf) False Spirituality – from Reliance of the Traveller What Are the Conditions for a True Spiritual Guide? How is spiritual excellence attained? Universal Validity of Religions and the Issue of Takfir A Reader on Sincerity, Intention, and the Purpose of […]

How Do I Strengthen My Faith and Truly Repent?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question:1) How can one be firm in faith? What causes faith not to stay firm in the heart? 2) I know we have to repent immediately for sins but my repentance is not sincere as there is no strong remorse, so how can I truly repent? Please help me. […]

Presence of Heart in Prayer: A Reader

Videos and answers from Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Zaynab Ansari, Imam Tahir Anwar, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, and others on how to have presence of heart in prayer “Those who concentrate their attention in humbleness when offering Prayers”[Qur’an, 23.2] Islamcast Prayer – The Best Remembrance In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses how to […]

A Reader on Night Worship and the Night Vigil (tahajjud)

“… And my servant continues to draw closer to me by voluntary actions until I love him…”[Bukhari] Tahajjud Prayer: Description & Merits Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said, “The best prayer after the obligatory prayers is the […]

A Reader on Thankfulness to Allah and True Gratitude

“Should I not be a thankful servant?” The Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him) What is Thankfulness? Thankfulness to Allah – Reality, Aspects, & Expression of True Gratitude Neediness & Thankfulness: Two Keys to Divine Assistance Thankfulness to Allah – from Imam Ghazali’s al-Arba’in fi Usul al-Din Concerning Thankfulness – Shaykh Abd […]

A Reader on Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Power)

“Whoever prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and sincerity, shall have all their past sins forgiven.” [Bukhari and Muslim] Laylat al-Qadr When Is Laylat al-Qadr? Worship & Prayer on Laylat al-Qadr The Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr) & Reciting Qur’an Which of the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan Isn’t Laylatul Qadr? The Last Ten […]