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Understanding Islam and mode of dressing

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By:  Tajudeen Anifowose B. Sc (Soc), Unibuja In a general belief, fashion in terms of clothing,footwear, accessory, make-up or furnituref, is a  popular style or practice.  It is distinctive and determines class, style and influence behavior in the society. Thanks and glory to the Almighty Allah (Subhana lahi  Taalah) in His majesty who the creator, […]

The Woman: a parable

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 By Shaikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller A man was walking through the marketplace one afternoon when, just as the muezzin began the call to prayer, his eye fell on a woman’s back. She was strangely attractive, though dressed in fulsome black, a veil over head and face, and she now turned to him as if somehow […]

Islam is Not an Ideology

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The Sin Tax of Ignoring Syntax By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf “If a profligate comes to you with news, make sure you understand it (tabayyanu) and make sure you know it indeed happened (tathabbatu), or else you will attack people out of ignorance and end up in great remorse” (Qur’an 49:6).1   How many fault-finders of […]

The health and religious benefits of circumcision

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Question : Being not a religious person I wonder why (jewish and)islamic people consider circumcision obligatory. It seems to me that a muslim considers every human being as a perfect creation of Allah. So why doubt this perfection by changing God’s creation? I know of course about hygienic considerations, but I really hope that you can […]

Understanding The Four Madhhabs

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The problem with anti-madhhabism  By Sheikh Abdal-Hakim Murad The ummah’s greatest achievement over the past millennium has undoubtedly been its internal intellectual cohesion. From the fifth century of the Hijra almost to the present day, and despite the outward drama of the clash of dynasties, the Sunni Muslims have maintained an almost unfailing attitude of religious […]

Why Humanity Needs Prophet Muhammad

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Talk by Sheikh Abdul Hakim Murad What I want to talk about is the relevance of our attachment to Rasulullah (s.a.w.) in the context of our minority existence in the Modern West. In Muslim countries, with only a very small, insignificant, regrettable handful of exceptions, the Milad is a public holiday. The daily newspapers, as we all […]

What Happened to Poetry ?

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Talk by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf The Spiritual Rumi Conferece, Freemont CA In the name of Allah, The Merciful, The Compassionate. I want to start off by saying that I know next to nothing about Jalaluddin ul Rumi, so I’m not going to talk about Maulana Rumi. I’ve read his poetry in translation, and the Mathnawi several years ago from […]

The Key to True Love – An Islamic Perspective

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By Dr. Mustafe Mahmoud Translated by: Amany el-Morshidy (farhopes) Edited by: Catherine Gallgher Despite the appreciation we all have for the feelings of love……and even though love mostly becomes the idol of this age to which incense is burnt and sacrifices are offered by youths’ blood and from men’s reputations….despite the chants that are recited, […]

Spirit of Tolerance in Islam

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By Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, Ph.D. Today, the term “Islamic tolerance” causes confusion. So, could you please shed light on the spirit of tolerance in Islam? In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Dear brother in Islam, […]

Forgiveness and Tolerance in Islam

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by Hanaa Hamad It never ceases to amaze me that Allah can inspire so much fear in our hearts when we reflect on His supremacy, yet his mercy is equally as vast as His dominion. Allah tells us in a Hadith Qudsi (sacred narration of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ): “O son of Adam, were your sins to […]

Concept Of God In Islam

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It is a known fact that every language has one or more terms that are used in reference to God and sometimes to lesser deities. This is not the case with Allah. Allah is the personal name of the One true God. Nothing else can be called Allah. The term has no plural or gender. […]

Social Conduct of a Muslim

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By Shaikh Musa Ibrahim Menk    Allah Ta’ala Says, “Your Lord has declared that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to the parents. If one or both of them attain old-age in your life, do not say to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them with words […]

The Nation of Islam : Comparison Between Islam and Farrakhanism

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by The Institute of Islamic Information and Education ISLAM, and so-called “NATION OF ISLAM” are two complete different religions. The Only thing common between them is the jargon, the language used by the both. “The nation of Islam” is a misnomer; this religion should be called Farrakhanism, after the name of its propagator. The religion of Elijah Muhammad and W. D. Muhammad, […]

The Nation of Islam or Nation of Kufr ?

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by Nida’ul Islam Magazine, April – May 1998   Quotes of Apostasy by Louis Farrakhan “The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said it would be 400 years before the real ship Jesus would come and deliver us from this oppressor and from the ignorance that this oppression had put us under. That real ship Jesus, he said, […]

Interview with Shaikh Hamza Yusuf about the terrorist attacks

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By Richard Scheinin – Mercury News   Santa Clara, California-based Shaikh Hamza Yusuf was interviewed by the San Jose Mercury Sun newspaper about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In it, he shares the Islamic perspective on terrorism, suicide and peace. We are reproducing the article here with the permission of Mercury News. Shaikh […]

What to do at the time of Natural Catastrophes

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by Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat Everyone is aware of the devastation caused by the recent earthquake in the Indian Ocean. According to reports over 125,000 people have lost their lives, hundreds of thousands have lost their relatives, entire communities have been wiped out and countless buildings and properties have been destroyed. Over a million people […]

Five Pillars of Islam : Declaration of Faith

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1. Faith There is no god worthy of worship except God and Muhammad is His messenger. This declaration of faith is called the Shahada, a simple formula (Kalima) which all the faithful pronounce. In Arabic, the first part is la ilaha illa Llah – ‘there is no god except God’; ilaha (god) can refer to anything […]