Islamic Perspectives

  • Hardships in Islam: Blessings in Disguise?

    Theresa Corbin   We often fail to remember that blessings always come out of hardships. If it wasn’t for the fire, the forest would rot and die. When I look back at my life, I often think about how it could have all gone so t...

  • Islam needs strong women

    Let us compare a sword with a flower. A sword can go on for long without rusting. A flower dies easily leaving its fragrance in the hands of its enemy who wants to crush it. A sword cannot produce a new sword but a flower can grow more flowers....

  • Appeasing the relatives: an article of Faith

    Last month an elderly lady in my extended family left for her eternal abode. May Allah bless her soul with a high pedestal in Paradise. Aameen. Later during condolence sessions it came to light that her son is highly technically qualified and w...

  • Recipe for a Successful Marriage

    Question: Every human being by nature has an instinct to dispute. This instinct becomes more manifest between husband and wife, leading to marital disputes. How can this instinct be controlled? Answer: Consider the following ten points to con...

  • Marriage: God’s Gift to Humanity

    By Raya Shokatfard A couple is able to fully give love and devotion to each other, raise healthy children who are fully secure in having both a loving father and mother. Marriage is an exclusive right given to human beings. Yet, mating...

  • Some common mistakes in Ramadan

    By Asma bint Shameem 1. Taking Ramadan as a ritual For many of us Ramadan has lost its spirituality and has become more of a ritual than a form of worship. We fast from dawn to sunset like a zombie just because everyone around us is fast...

  • Social etiquettes in the light of the Qur’an and Sunnah

    By Zafarul Islam Islahi     The Holy Qur’an is the greatest book of guidance for the whole humanity in every sphere of life including social. The Ahadith contain enough details of the teachings of the Prophet (pbuh) about so...

  • Diversity of Islam led me to embrace it: Dutch painter

    She lived in a conservative protestant family and even thought to become a nun, but she has now converted to Islam after discovering that it ensures an equilibrium between matter and spirit and that its secret lies in diversity and embracing li...

  • Muslims, the Pioneers of Aviation

    Firas Al-Khateeb One of the most enduring (and incorrect) accusations made about the Ottoman Empire is that it was intellectually stagnant. Orientalist historians claim that the Ottomans saw science and religion as mutually exclusive and i...

  • Get full advantage of the holy month of Ramadan

    We are moving quickly towards the end of the first ashrah (ten days) of the holy month of Ramadan. See, how quickly time passes. It passes more quickly if you are busy praying and reading from the Quran. This month has a close relationship ...

  • Ramadan: The Month of Deeds

    By Uthman Khan   Through His infinite mercy, Allah blessed mankind with selected times and seasons in which best deeds are made obligatory and the reward for good deeds is multiplied. Allah, the Most Wise, prescribed the third...

  • Salaah English transliteration and translation (namaaz prayer)

    Make the intention of praying then raise hands to ears and say:   Allaahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest!)   Subhaanaka Allaahumma wabi hamdika wa tabaarakasmuka wa ta'aala jadduka wa laa ilaaha ghayruka. Glory be to Y...

  • Some Less Known Events in the Islamic History

    ByFiras Al-Khateeb   Five Muslim Inventions that Changed the World   About 1,600,000,000 cups of coffee are consumed every day around the world. Billions of people rely on it as part of their daily routines. And yet, v...

  • International networking of Zakat, Sadaqah, Infaaq and Qulil 'Afwa

    A true believer can hardly imagine that any particular verse of holy Quran would be more or less important than any other. Obviously every bit of God's entire revelation has equal weight, the reader needs only to fully comprehend the true i...

  • Six Great Converts to Islam

    By Firas Al-Khateeb   The Barmakids The Barmakids (Al-Baramikah) were a family of Buddhist administrators from the city of Balkh, in what is now Afghanistan. When the Umayyad Caliphate conquered the area in the mid-600s, the fa...

  • The Muslim Slave Revolt in Bahia, Brazil

    By Firas Al-Khateeb   From the 1500s through the 1800s, European nations were engaged in a tragic and barbaric practice known as the slave trade. During this period, over 12 million Africans were kidnapped or bought in Africa, boar...

  • Five words that changed my life

    By Mustafa Davis Today, while out with my family at the Ashby Flea Market in Berkeley California, I ran into a man who changed the entire course of my life fifteen years ago. And he did it with a smile and one simple question. I have no do...

  • The Abandoned Role of Masjid

    If Masjid made Muslims true conquerors of hearts, minds, souls, lands and geography, thoughts and thinking, then the abandoned and forgiven concept of the Masjid made Muslims defeated, resigned, confused. The Prophet’s Mosque in Madina wa...

  • On Religious Tolerance

    By Khalid Baig While on his deathbed, Sayyidna ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) dictated a long Will consisting of instructions for the next Khalifah. Here is the last sentence of that historic document: &ldqu...

  • The Miracle of the Qur’an

    By Khalid Baig It happened at an international inter-faith conference. The organisers decided to end the conference with readings from the scriptures of major religions, done by followers of other religions. As it happened, an Arab Christia...