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Reasoning behind doing ‘aqiqah for newborn babies

‘Aqiqah is a means of expressing gratitude to God
The birth of a child, male or female, is a cause for great celebration. In Islam, certain etiquettes and rituals from the authentic traditions of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) are recommended as a family welcomes a newborn child to more ...

How to Live the Hadith of Gabriel Part 2

In the name of God we begin as we delve deeper into the hadith of Gabriel in Imam Nawawi’s 40 hadith. Gabriel (God’s peace be upon him) comes to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and without hesitation or any formalities begins to question the Prophet on the religion of Islam. This action by the angel more ...

Procedures to embrace Islam

Converting to Islam is a very easy matter and it does not stipulate a certain age category. One can embrace Islam and become a Muslim at any age. The history of Islam is replete with examples of people, who embraced Islam at an early age and became the Prophet’s Companions and leaders of the Muslim community. more ...

I am hiding my conversion to Islam from my parents for now, can I pray in the bathroom?

The issue of using modern bathrooms to invoke Allah’s name in it or recite Quran or for the purpose of praying is a new issue which takes a juristic ruling different than the one which was used before by the jurists. In old times, the juristic ruling on using “al- Khalaa” or the isolated place which was in the outskirts of the cities or in the dese ... more ...

What constructs the Islamic identity?

The Islamic identity is constructed from major components which formulate the Muslim's mindset and shape his views towards himself, his Lord, humanity, animals, plants and the universe at large. These components enable him to answer the most fundamental existential questions which more ...

When your heart

Prayer (al- salah) in Islam is seen as a central cornerstone of faith as it earns the believer a one on one conversation with God where the believer can be heard and answered in an intimate discourse with the Lord of the worlds. For the believer to earn such a unique opportunity he/she needs to more ...

Worship in Islam: Between Mind & Heart

The message of Islam is centered on the oneness of God to whom we submit in worship. Some people deal with the concept of worship from a physical materialistic standpoint and they miss out on the deep spiritual meaning of worship which transcends the concept of worship from the mere submission of the body to the real surrender of the heart. Limitin ... more ...

The Islamic Art & Architecture: Reflection of Divine Beauty

One of the major contributions of the Islamic civilization was in the field of art as it went beyond the limited traditional concepts of direct representation through painting human figures or sculpting animate statues and transcended to the infinite world of abstract designs. These new invented designs introduce the viewer to new horizons where he ... more ...

The Development of Natural Sciences in the Islamic Civilization

The Islamic civilization has contributed immensely in the field of natural sciences. The intellectual output during the Abbasid period for example became the beacon of light through which Europe found its way out of the dark ages. Universities were constructed and became models of knowledge for European more ...

I am non-Muslim person and very interested in Islam. Am I allowed to enter the mosque or am I unclean?

The physical bodies of non-Muslims are not filth [najis].

Evidence from primary texts

It was reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) received the delegation of Bani Thaqeef, who were polytheists, in his mosque. If their physical bodies had been deemed filth, he would not have hosted them inside the mosq ... more ...

I am from Estonia and will embrace Islam soon. Should the woman cover her head with hijab?

I am from Estonia (North Europa), and will marry an Egyptian Muslim woman and will convert to Islam soon. Last time we argued a lot about Muslim woman’s dress code. My question is: is it necessary to cover the woman’s head with hijab? I have read that hijab was necessary to only the Prophet’s wives, not all others. Is this true? more ...

How to perform Prayer (Salah)

Muslims observe five formal prayers each day. The timings of these prayers are spaced fairly evenly throughout the day, so that one is constantly reminded of Allah and given opportunities to seek His guidance and forgiveness. more ...

How to perform Wudhu (Ablution)

Before we perform Salah we must first prepare ourselves. This preparation includes making sure that we are clean from any physical impurities and performing Wudu. more ...

Happiness and Joviality as Moral Values

Say: Who hath forbidden the beautiful (gifts) of Allah, which He hath produced for His servants, and the things, clean and pure, (which He hath provided) for sustenance? Say: They are, in the life of this world, for those who believe, (and) purely for them on the Day of Judgment. Thus do We explain the signs in detail for those who understand. (AL- ... more ...

The 5 Pillars of Islam

They are the framework of Muslim life: testimony of faith, prayer, zakah (charity), fasting, and the pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able. The prophet said: Islam is based on five principles:

1. The declaration of faith

To bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad (Peace Be Up ... more ...

The Six Articles of Faith

God is One. He is the Supreme and Eternal, the Creator and Provider, the Merciful and Compassionate. God has no father or mother and no son or daughter; He has never fathered anyone nor was He fathered. God has no equal. He is the God of all humankind, not of a special tribe, race, or group of people. He is the God of people of all races and colors ... more ...

How to become a Muslim

All praise be to Allah, the Lord of the universe. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon Mohammad, His last messenger.

"Some people have a wrong notion that entering into the Islamic fold requires an announcement from the concerned person in the presence of high ranking scholars or shaikhs or reporting this act to courts of justice o ... more ...

How do we relate to non-muslim relatives?

Dr Aisha Hamdan offers practical advice to converts.

For those who have studied, pondered, and struggled with the idea of becoming Muslim, there is often great relief when the realization comes that Shahada must be pronounced. As time goes on and more knowledge is acquired regarding the deen, another realization soon begins to surface, ... more ...

How do I tell my parents and family I

(Addressed primarily to females, but relevant to males as well.)

This is probably the hardest thing you will have to do as a new Muslim. For many people, it poses the prospect of opening up old wounds, risking hurt feelings on both sides, and threatens to rip apart familial relationships. For others, they know that they will be accepte ... more ...

Advice for New Muslims

So, you are a new Muslim. Mabrouk, congratulations. Or perhaps you are thinking about taking your shahada (profession of Islamic faith). I would like to offer some advice, if I may. Having been through what you may be about to experience, I pass this on only in the hope that you may avoid some of my mistakes, insha'Allah. more ...