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From Darkness to Light
Reza Abbas Farishta

And when I turned back overlooking the icy valley which I had just crossed, I heard the sound of keen-sighted birds, soaring towards the setting sun. And as I gazed towards their hovering life, wanting to catch a reflection of the dying sun’s rays on their striking feathers, a silhouette of their flock was now peacefully floating over the sun’s horizon such that their flapping wings kept bringing me from darkness to light....

 

In contrast, Islam banned alcohol 14 centuries ago among people whose love for alcohol was second to none. In three simple steps, spanning only a few years, alcohol was banished from the Muslim world. Today, despite small areas of infraction, a map of the dry world coincides with the map of the Muslim world. Islam has declared alcohol to be Ummul-Khabais (the root of all evil) and no power on earth can change that designation....

 

Narrated Aisha: I asked Allah’s Messenger about the plague. He said, “That was a means of torture which Allah used to send upon whom-so-ever He wished, but He made it a source of mercy for the believers, for anyone who is residing in a town in which this disease is present, and remains there and does not leave that town, but has patience and hopes for Allah’s reward, and knows that nothing will befall him except what Allah has written for him, then he will get such reward as that of a martyr.”....

 

‘Allah u Akbar’ Speaks Of a Belief
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The phrase “God is Great” enjoys the status of a master-stroke in a person’s life. If you truly discover God you will experience the most enormous possible positive earthquake in your life. You will be transformed into a completely new person. God will become the only focus of your thinking. Your life will become a truly God-centred one. God will become your sole concern....

 

When a Prayer Is Answered With a Test
Anisa Abeytia

I was so depressed and ready to give up and my prayer was answered with a test. If I had given into the common Arab/Muslim mentality that all Jews are bad, I would have lost this opportunity. She opened doors for me that I didn’t even know existed. However, the greatest gift she gave me was a renewed sense of hope and the knowledge that I was not alone. I only need to ask, with an open heart and mind, and help would be sent....

 

...however whoever intends to do a good deed then does not do it, Allah will write it down as one complete good deed; if he intends to do it then he does it, then Allah will write it down as between ten and seven hundred good deeds, or more. Whoever intends to do a bad deed, and then he does not do it, Allah will write it down as one complete good deed; if he intends to do it then he does it, Allah will write it down as one bad deed.[2] One whose good deeds are multiplied is indeed successful.....

 
Indicators of Piety - Part 1
Mohammad Ali Shomali

Indicators of Piety - Part 1
Mohammad Ali Shomali

Piety, or Taqwa, is one of the highest qualities a person can achieve; the pious believe in the hidden as well the revelations of Prophet Muhammad and the prophets before him, establish prayer, and give alms. Those who have it are to be grateful, and those who do not must endeavour to attain it as it pleases God, earns His support, and results in the acceptance of one’s deeds....

For those who strive to perfect themselves, good nature, or Husn al-Khulq, tends to be at the top of their list during the spiritual journey. Indeed, good-naturedness has been emphasized in the Qur’an and Hadiths, as God’s prophets possessed the highest level of it as they touched everyone’s hearts with their warm-heartedness, mercy, and kindness....

 

So in times of hardships and difficulties when you think all is lost and there is no hope, remember to have patience. In due time Allah سبحانه و تعالى will relieve you of all worries, and you will receive rewards a million in multitude for bearing it with patience....

 

What about outcomes that this worldly life considers to be failures. What if you lose your livelihood, or your spouse? What if you are not recognised as the good person you are striving to be. None of this has the least bit of influence on whether or not you are ultimately successful. What is taken into account is how you react and how you face life’s challenges. A person is successful and on the road to the ultimate success because of his attitude, his intention, and his ability to trust Allah’s promise....

 
Take Wisdom Wherever You Find It
Ahsan Jafri, New Age Islam

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is reported to have said that one should seek knowledge even if for that one has to go to China. Islam was born in Arabia, and if the intent behind this statement was that one can only gain knowledge from one’s own sacred books, the Prophet would not have talked about travelling all the way to China—a very distant land with no connection to Islam during that time—in order to gain knowledge....

We have all been in situations where we have been wronged, but do we hold grudges with others, or do we forgive and forget? We ask for forgiveness from Allah (swt), but if can’t even forgive Allah’s creation, how do we expect to be forgiven by the Creator? Take time to truly reflect on how to forgive a person, and actively seek to liberate yourself from that which is keeping you from forgiving them and elevating yourself in the process....

 

Happiness is attained by being content with what Allah has chosen for you. Knowing that despite your struggles this year and the hardships you have faced, you will overcome them. By believing that your plans are not being ignored, but adjusted to make you stronger, grounded in your values and beliefs and more humble and by understanding that there is a beautiful equation written for all of us, a balance between the good and the bad days....

Think! Think! Think: Every Human Being Would Seem A Living Introduction To The Creator
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

If people were to really seriously reflect on the phenomenon of a child emerging from a woman’s womb, they would discover the existence of the Creator. When they see and deeply reflect on a living human being born, a being that can move, see, hear and make sounds, they would realise that every human being is a mobile sign of the Creator’s existence. Every human being would seem a living introduction to the Creator....

Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) has said: “The reward of every good action that a person with true faith performs has been mentioned in the Quran, except for Salatul Layl, since due to the importance (and high status) of it, Allah (SWT) has not explicitly mentioned it and has only said the following (in regards to it): “Those who forsake their beds to cry unto their Lord in fear and hope, and spend out of that which We have bestowed upon them.” Surah as-Sajdah (32:16)....

 
Man’s Story: The Pre-Death Period and the Post-Death Period
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Man’s Story: The Pre-Death Period and the Post-Death Period
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

A person with this sort of personality uses his intellect to discover Truth. In the midst of a jungle of doubts he stands on certainty. He has made God his sole concern. Overcoming the love for one’s self, he has adopted the path of devotion to God. Surrounded by negative conditions, he is able to maintain his positive thinking. Instead of becoming a desire-oriented person, he has become a God-centred person....

How To Always Feel Content No Matter What Problem You are Facing Insha’Allah
Sheima Salam Sumer

​ ​ However, you can always feel content if you master yourself, if you make a strong decision to choose contentment over all the negative feelings; if you make the decision to focus on what you want and on the solution rather than the problem….

He bears persecution patiently and God punishes his oppressor. He is hard to himself and very lenient to others. He bears hardships in this life to attain eternal comfort and peace. He never wrongs a fellow being. If he avoids anybody it is to retain his piety and uprightness. If he forms contract with anybody it is on account of his kindness and clemency....

 

The whispered prayer is different from Du’a in that Du’a is a general and encompassing term which literally means “to call upon [someone]”. It can be recited in a multiple of ways: from far away or close by, loudly or quietly, from a known person or a stranger – all of these kinds of sounds can be referred to as a Du’a. In the Islamic tradition, such an appeal forms an inner connection between the finite and the Infinite – the servant and Allah, the Most High....

 
The Middle Path
Sadia Dehlvi

The Middle Path
Sadia Dehlvi

We must remember that Prophet Mohammad, called us to moderation often repeated warnings of extremism, He said, “beware of extremism, for it was extremism that destroyed the communities before you”. He also said, “Moderation. Moderation! Moderation. For only with moderation will you succeed”. The “middle way” of the Prophet must be restored, one that defines Islam as an authentic summon to cultural and spiritual renewal...

 

In Islam, the Gift of Feeding Others Is a Spiritual Act
Nushmia Khan

The prophet Muhammad also institutionalized food giving in all three of the major Muslim holidays. In Ramadan, for example, Muslims are encouraged to feed each other every night for Iftar (the breaking of the fast). On Eid-ul-Fitr, Muslims donate grains and other staple foods, a practice known as Zakat-ul-Fitr. And on Eid-ul-Adha, Muslim families are required to slaughter an animal, keeping a third for the family, gifting a third to friends, and offering the last third as a donation….

 

Corrie froze with horror. Just a few minutes ago, she had preached on forgiveness, and now she was unable to forgive! She prayed for the strength and the will to forgive. No sooner had she prayed than she felt an overwhelming power rush through her system. She grasped the extended hand of the former Nazi guard. “Brother,” she cried, “I forgive you, with all my heart…!Learn to forgive, it’s like a cloud lifting from you, as you live joyously..!.

When we turn away from its pages and do not give it its full justice, we are harming ourselves by lessening our ability to take in its wonders and to look briefly at one of the final messages of the Prophet. On the day of Ghadeer, he spoke of two weighty things, the Quran and the AhlulBayt, that “if you hold on to these valuable things, the Quran and the AhlulBayt, you will never be lost after my death.”...

 

The key figures and texts of just about every religion discuss crying as a positive attribute, from Buddha to Guru Nanak to the Abrahamic prophets. If these magnanimous figures in human history cried, there is no doubt it can only be a good thing.....

 

Questions about Prayer
Waris Mazhari

In the early phase of Islam, Muslims were ordered, according to some scholars, to offer prayers directing their face towards the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, with the aim of winning the hearts of Jews and to express solidarity with them.....

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