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When Fasting Becomes a Sin
Kashif Chaudhry
When Fasting Becomes a Sin
Kashif Chaudhry

Another similar incident, recorded in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, relates to a journey during a hot summer day when some of the Muslims chose to fast. Those fasting were so weak and dehydrated that they could not even get up, while those who were not fasting took care of all the work and fed the animals. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) was pleased with those who skipped the fast during the extreme heat, saying it was they who received the reward that day.....

Accepting Allah's Concessions in Ramadan
Nawar Fakhry Ezzi
Accepting Allah's Concessions in Ramadan
Nawar Fakhry Ezzi

Fasting is one of the pillars of Islam and is essential in building a Muslim’s character when it is done properly, especially regarding controlling one’s temper and negative emotions in addition to abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual relationships from sunrise until sunset. Because fasting can be arduous, Allah has only required healthy capable adults to perform it exempting several groups who do not fit this criterion including the sick, elderly, children who have not reached puberty, pregnant or nursing mothers, and travellers....

 
Relationship between Genuine Worship and Inner Transformation from the Perspective of Islamic Spirituality
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam
Relationship between Genuine Worship and Inner Transformation from the Perspective of Islamic Spirituality
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

For Hazrat Ibn Arabi, more than outward manifestations of piety, the crucial intention of the Quran is for the Islamic Ummah (community) to produce proper human beings who are humanely sensitive to the needs of others (See Shahabuddin Maliki, Ibid; pp.69-70). The Quran therefore articulates very explicitly that in the all-encompassing Islamic perspective concerning worship as Ibadah, all our acts of devotion to Allah Almighty is meant to acknowledge the Divine Sovereignty of Allah in our lives as His lowly and humble servants and at the same time it is meant to divinely transform our materialistic existence and worldly attitudes by endeavouring to inwardly transform us into compassionate and “humane” persons.....

 
In Ramadan: Prayers for Peace
Samar Fatany
In Ramadan: Prayers for Peace
Samar Fatany

In the Holy Qur’an, Allah says: “Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives, and the fruits of your toil.  But give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Those who say, when afflicted with calamity, ‘To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return....

 
Fasting is a Personal Matter
Azis Anwar Fachrudin
Fasting is a Personal Matter
Azis Anwar Fachrudin

The purpose of fasting, as described in the Quran (2:183), is for Muslims to develop the quality of their religiosity and to attain Taqwa or consciousness of God — which has a close meaning to the word Puasa (Indonesian for fasting), coming from the Sanskrit Upavasa, meaning “to be seated near [God]”. Embedded in observances of fasting across religions is the idea that materialism (preoccupation with physical needs and pleasures) can divert humans from God....

Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting... Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful....

 
The Child Preachers of Brazil
Samantha M. Shapiro

“If you believe the name of Jesus, say: ‘I believe!’ ” he called out in Portuguese. “I believe it is in the hands of the little missionary Alani, her hands will touch us, I believe in miracles, father!” A few minutes into his sermon, two deacons turned the hall lights off and started to yell: “God is with you — he’s here! He’s here!” The boy at the turntable raised the volume of the music. The task at hand was to coax the Holy Spirit earthside, into this room with bare walls and harsh lighting....

 
Spiritual and Sociological Significance of the Islamic Concept and Practice of Charity
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam
Spiritual and Sociological Significance of the Islamic Concept and Practice of Charity
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

One of the Blessed Names of Allah Almighty is Al-Wadud, which means, “the Loving Well-wisher of one-and-all”. Almighty Allah’s Name, Al-Wadud (The All-Loving) demonstrates that it is Allah’s nature to perpetually manifest compassion and love to the whole ongoing universe; and this divine love flows towards His creation as the means for the preservation of the cosmos. This divine well-wishing is Almighty Allah’s perpetual act of charity and mercy to all his creatures.....

The responsibility toward these masses that Allah places on believers means they can teach them about Islamic moral values and then make their own choices because since believers are aware of the verses of the Qur’an, they know how the problems that these people cannot resolve can be settled....

 
The Spiritual Significance of Suffering from the Perspective of Islamic Sufism
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam
The Spiritual Significance of Suffering from the Perspective of Islamic Sufism
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi analogized on the educative aspect of human suffering when he said; “They throw barley on the earth; then came out branches. Next, they crushed it in the mill; then it became delicious bread after being baked and placed in the burning furnace. Next, the bread is chewed and digested and it became mind, spirit, body, and emotion. And when the mind is bewildered with love for the Beloved, what a wonderful transformation this simple barley has gone through! (sic) This barley-grain has indeed taken a marvellous journey!” .....

As for those who believe and do right actions, He will pay them their wages in full and will give them increase from His favor. As for those who show disdain and grow arrogant, He will punish them with a painful punishment. They will not find any protector or helper for themselves besides Allah....

 

A Hadith says that everyone in nature is good, including man. It is the environment that conditions a child differently. The blame goes to parents who pamper children....

 

Following the fatwa, Hussain was arrested and sent behind bars for one year. Next year, he escaped from the jail and went to Khuzastan but was arrested again thanks to betrayal of his own slave. This time he was jailed for eight years. But after one year, he was arrested again at the insistence of the minister Hamid bin Abbas. This shows Hamid’s personal grudge against him. According to Massignon, 84 Ulema testified against him and the case against him continued for one year. He was sentenced to death by hanging. After hanging to death, his organs were amputated and finally his dead body was burnt. In another account, his head was burnt. Before dying, Hussain is said to have said: “O my God! If you had shown them what I am seeing, they would have never punished me; and if you had concealed also from me what you have concealed from them, I would never have raised the slogan of An al Haque. O God, forgive my killers.”...

 
Ablution and Prayer (Part IV)
Dr A Q Khan
Ablution and Prayer (Part IV)
Dr A Q Khan

One can see how Allah Almighty was opening Asad’s heart to Islam through small events, stories and explanation by simple, almost illiterate Arab nomads. And didn’t Allah say: “He whom Allah guides is rightly guided but he whom Allah leaves to stray, for him will you find no protector to lead him to the right destination” (18:17)....

 
Ablution and Prayer (Part III)
Dr A Q Khan
Ablution and Prayer (Part III)
Dr A Q Khan

“Those who believe and do deeds of righteousness and establish regular prayers and regular charity, will have their rewards with Allah. They shall have no fear, nor shall they grieve” (2:277). “(Those are the Momnis) who establish regular prayer and give regular charity” (4:162). “They are the Momnis who establish regular prayers and charity and bow down (before Allah) humbly” (5:55)….

 
Ablution and Prayer (Part II)
Dr A Q Khan
Ablution and Prayer (Part II)
Dr A Q Khan

Our teachers and religious scholars have totally ignored stressing this most important aspect of our life as a Muslim. They don’t teach ethics, manners or moral values but only harp back on the past – in short Huququl Ebad and Huququllah have been totally sidelined and ignored....

 
Simple Living, High Thinking
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Simple Living, High Thinking
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Islam is a religion of simplicity. If you believe in Islam, you should lead a simple life. The Prophet of Islam laid great stress on simplicity. There is a Hadith, according to which the Prophet said that simplicity is part of faith....

 
Why Do People Live in Despair?
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Why Do People Live in Despair?
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

The Quran gives us such an important message, although few people are aware of it. I’ve acted on this advice myself. Many years ago, when I was young, I didn’t know English. One day, a friend of mine (who used to teach the Quran in a madrasa) saw me holding an English newspaper....

 
Reflections on Dawah
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Reflections on Dawah
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Dawah work is the only teaching of Islam which tells you that you need to reach out to and build contacts with non-Muslims. It means interaction with people of other faiths. It means dialogue with others. But Muslims have lost the Dawah spirit....

The Importance of Modesty in Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam
The Importance of Modesty in Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam

Submission or modesty is the culture of the universe. This is a most important teaching of Islam. We have to believe this fact, know this fact and mould ourselves according to this fact. We should know that nature is based on modesty, and that as Islam is a religion of nature....

Without Introspection, You Cannot Stand On True Faith
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Without Introspection, You Cannot Stand On True Faith
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

The Prophet of Islam said that in the future, a group among his Ummah would consume wine. When some of his companions asked him why they would do so when God had clearly declared it to be unlawful, the Prophet said that these people would give a new name to wine and in this way declare it to be lawful….

The Islamic Way of Thinking
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
The Islamic Way of Thinking
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Islamic thinking is positive thinking. Positive thinking is the central theme in Islam. If you read the Quran, you will find that almost all its verses are based, directly or indirectly, on positivity. For example, the very first verse of the Quran contains praise of God. Alhamdulillah, it says, which means all praise is due to God....

 
Build Your Life Yourself
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Build Your Life Yourself
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

God-consciousness or the fear of God means that one’s thinking is not self-oriented, but, rather, God-oriented. The actions of a God-conscious person are in accordance with God’s teachings, and not in accordance with his own desires and emotions. The negative actions of others directed against people who are patient and God-conscious are rendered ineffective.....

 

More often than not, a narrative has the power to seek its own space. And sometimes there are ineffable energies throbbing to find expression, in verse, dance or music. A seeker’s journey into the realm of Tasawwuf (or Sufism, as recognized broadly) is a corrective course. Hence, to have a precise bearing in its broader context is seldom possible. However, there is a subtle line between choice and direction on the mystical path and several blessed ones perform their given roles and duties with devotion that eternalize their message for all times to come....

 

In Nepal, where Islamic Relief is currently distributing aid as a member agency of the Disasters Emergency Committee, some cultural, historical and religious buildings have been destroyed. Talking to locals about the temples, it's clear how central to community life these sites have been....

 
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