Islam in Daily Life

Taqwa

What Is Taqwa? Taqwa (تقوى‎ taqwā / taqwá ) is an Islamic term for being conscious and cognizant of God, of truth, of the rational reality, “piety, fear of God”.[1][2] It is often found in the Quran. Al-Muttaqin (لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ‎ Al-Muttaqin) refers to those who practice taqwa, or in the words of Ibn Abbas — “believers who avoid Shirk with Allah and who work in His...

Sadaqah

What Is Sadaqah? Sadaqah or Sadaka (صدقة‎, “charity”, “benevolence”,[1] ṣadaqāt صدقات) in the modern context has come to signify “voluntary charity”.[2] According to the Quran, the word means voluntary offering, whose amount is at the will of the “benefactor”.[3] Etymology and meaning ‘Sadaqa‘ literally means ‘righteousness’ and refers to the voluntary giving of alms or charity.[4] But...

Umrah

What Is Umrah? The Umrah (عُمرَة‎) is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Hijaz, Saudi Arabia, performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year, in contrast to the Ḥajj (حَـجّ‎) which has specific dates according to the Islamic lunar calendar. In Arabic, ‘Umrah means “to visit a populated place.” In the Sharia, Umrah...

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Ibadah

Ibadah Ibadah (عبادة‎, ‘ibādah, ibada) is an Arabic word meaning service or servitude.[1] In Islam, ibadah is usually translated as “worship”, and ibadat—the plural form of ibadah—refers to Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) of Muslim religious rituals.[2] In Arabic ibadah is connected with related words such as “Ubudiyyah” (“slavery”), and has connotations of obedience, submission, and humility. The word linguistically means “obedience with...

Why Did Prophet Muhammad Practice Polygamy?

Why Did Prophet Muhammad Practice Polygamy? POLYGAMY In this time of sexual permissiveness and sexual scandals within certain religious and social circles, some people are claiming that polygamy is a social evil. Why, they ask, did Prophet Muhammad practice it? Some critics of Islam have reviled the Prophet as a...

The Wisdom Behind Fasting

The Wisdom Behind Fasting From the wisdom of fasting is that: It is an act of worship done for Allâh, in which the ‘abd (servant) draws closer to His Lord by abandoning the things that he loves and desires, such as food, drink and sexual intercourse. So because of this,...

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One Take Aways One Is Equal To One

One Take Aways One Is Equal To One Generosity in Islam If everything flows from Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’aala and everything returns to Allah, do you truly own anything? Are you not but a steward, taking care of that the portion of this world under your care, which is to...

Generosity in Islam

Generosity As humans, we have an innate sense of morality. No matter what religion, race or colour we are, certain qualities serve as the moral standard. We admire justice, bravery, honesty and compassion. We abhor those who demonstrate treachery, cruelty or corruption. Moral standards are universal, and one of the...

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Consultation

Consultation For the heirs of today, consultation (shura) is a vital attribute and an essential rule, just as it was for the first heirs. According to the Qur’an, it is the clearest sign of a believing community and the most important characteristic of a congregation who have given their hearts...

Altruism

Altruism: A Muslim View

Altruism Altruism, selfless acts done for another’s benefit in spite of oneself, is a humanitarian endeavor praised by all societies. Practically every nation on earth has stories of great kings, brave warriors and noble men and women who sacrificed their material possessions, status or even themselves for some or other...

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