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 in...

ibadah, dua, prayer

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,...

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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