Hajj

Hajj The Hajj [1] حَجّ‎ “pilgrimage”) is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia,[2] the holiest city for Muslims, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support their family during their absence.[3][4][5] Literally...

The Alchemy of Happiness

The Alchemy of Happiness Kimiya-yi Sa’ādat (کیمیای سعادت‎ The Alchemy of Happiness) was a book written by Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī, a Persian theologian, philosopher, and prolific Sunni Muslim author regarded as one of the greatest systematic thinkers of Islam.[1] The Kimiya-yi Sa’ādat was written towards the end of his life shortly before...

Sama In Sufism

Sama In Sufism Sama (Sema, Persian, Urdu and سَمَاع‎ – samā‘un) is a Sufi ceremony performed as dhikr. Sama means “listening”, while dhikr means “remembrance”.[1] These rituals often include singing, playing instruments, dancing, recitation of poetry and prayers, wearing symbolic attire, and other rituals. It is a particularly popular form of worship in Sufism. In 2008, UNESCO confirmed the “Mevlevi Sama Ceremony” of Turkey as one of...

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...

Islam And Domestic Violence

Islam And Domestic Violence The relationship between Islam and domestic violence is disputed. Even among Muslims, the uses and interpretations of sharia, the moral code and religious law of Islam, lack consensus. Variations in interpretation are due to different schools of Islamic jurisprudence, histories and politics of religious institutions, conversions,...

Women in the Quran and the Sunna

Women in the Quran and the Sunna In Islam there is absolutely no difference between men and women as far as their relationship to Allah is concerned, as both are promised the same reward for good conduct and the same punishment for evil conduct. The Qur’an says: And for women...

Criticism of the Quran

Criticism of the Quran The Quran is viewed to be the scriptural foundation of Islam and is believed by Muslims to have been revealed to Muhammad by the angel Gabriel. Criticism of the Quran has frequently occurred since western scholarship has looked to decipher, understand and verify the claims of Islamic thought as stated in the Quran....

Woman’s Status In Bible & Quran

Woman’s Status In Bible & Quran We’re trying to compare the woman’s status as seen in Christianity and Islam. The sources are mainly the Bible, Quran, and the teachings of Prophet Mohammed. The First Woman / Eve   Christianity (Bible)   Islam (Quran) “When the woman (Eve) saw that the...

Gospel in Islam

Gospel in Islam Injil (إنجيل‎, Injeel) is the Arabic name for the Gospel of Jesus (Isa). This Injil is described by the Qur’an as one of the four Islamic holy books which was revealed by God, the others being the Zabur (possibly the Psalms), the Tawrat (the Torah), and the Qur’an itself. The...

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...

Isaac in Islam

Isaac in Islam The biblical patriarch Isaac (إسحاق‎ , إسحٰق , Isḥāq) is recognized as a patriarch, prophet and messenger of God by all Muslims.[1] In Islam, he is known as Isḥāq. As in Judaism and Christianity, Islam maintains that Isaac was the son of the patriarch and prophet Abraham from his wife Sarah....

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Abraham in Islam

Abraham in Islam Ibrahim (إِبْـرَاهِـيْـم‎,ʾIbrāhīm), known as Abraham in the Hebrew Bible, is recognized as a prophet and messenger in Islam[1][2] of God. Abraham plays a prominent role as an example of faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In Muslim belief, Abraham fulfilled all the commandments and trials wherein God nurtured him throughout his lifetime. As a result of his unwavering faith in...

Noah's Ark

Noah in Islam

Noah in Islam Nûh ibn Lumik ibn Mutushalkh (نوح‎, Nūḥ),[1] known as Noah in the Old Testament, is recognized in Islam as a prophet and apostle of God (الله‎ Allāh). He is an important figure in Islamic tradition, as he is one of the earliest prophets sent by God to mankind.[2] According to Islam, Noah’s mission was to warn his...

Solomon in Islam

Solomon in Islam Sulaymān ibn Dāwūd (سُلَيْمَان ابْن دَاوُوْد‎, Solomon son of David) was, according to the Quran, a Malik (مَـلِـك‎, King) and Nabī (Prophet) of the Israelites. Islamic tradition generally holds that he was the third King of Jewish people, and a just and wise ruler for the nation.[1]   Islam views Solomon as one of the elect...

Job in Islam

Job in Islam Job (أَيّْوْب‎, Ayyūb) is considered a Nabi (Prophet) in Islam and is mentioned in the Qur’an.[1] Job’s story in Islam is parallel to the Hebrew Bible’s story, although the main emphasis is on Job remaining steadfast to God; there is no mention of Job’s discussions with friends in the Qur’anic text, but later Muslim literature states that...

Lot in Islam

Lot in Islam Lut (لوط‎, Lūṭ), known as Lot in the Old Testament, is a prophet of God in the Quran.[2][3] According to Islamic tradition, Lot was born to Haran and spent his younger years in Ur, later migrating to Canaan with his uncle Abraham.[4] He was sent to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah as a prophet,[5] and was commanded to preach to...

Mahdi

What is Mahdi? The Mahdi (ٱلْـمَـهْـدِي‎, al-mahdī, meaning “the guided one”) is an eschatological redeemer of Islam who, according to some Islamic traditions, will appear and rule for five, seven, nine or nineteen years (according to differing interpretations)[1][2] before the Day of Judgment (yawm al-qiyamah, also known as “the Day of Resurrection”)[3] and rid the world of evil.[4]...

Islamic Holidays

Islamic Holidays There are two official holidays in Islam: Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan (a month of fasting during daylight hours), and Muslims may invoke zakat (charity) on the occasion which begins after the new moon sighting for the beginning of Shawal. The Eid al-Fitr celebration begins with prayers the...

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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