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JOURNEY

“The best time for a man to come to his family on returning from a journey is at the beginning of the night.” The Prophet (PBUH) disapproved of husbands returning home in the night in order not to catch their wives unprepared to receive them. [See Sunan Abu Dawud, no. 2770 and no. 2772]. Men […]

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THE ANGELS: VISIBLE

According to accounts from the Qur’aan and the hadeeth, angels may take human form on certain occasions. An example from the Qur’aan may be found in the case of Mary, when Angel Gabriel came to inform her of her impending pregnancy: “And mention in the scripture [the story of] Mary, when she withdrew from her […]

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THE NEED FOR WORSHIP

Why do human beings need to worship and glorify God by obeying the divinely revealed laws? Because obedience to divine law is the key to success in this life and the next. The first human beings, Adam and Eve, were created in paradise and later expelled from paradise for disobeying the divine law. The only […]

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PROPERTY: RESPONSIBILITY TO SUPPORT PARENTS

The great-grandfather of ‘Amr ibn Shu‘ayb stated that a man came to the Prophet (PBUH) and said: “O Messenger of Allaah, I have property and children, and my father needs [some of] my property.” He replied, “You and your property belong to your father. Indeed, your children are among the most pleasant of your earnings; […]

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THE SOUL’S ABODE AFTER DEATH: SOULS OF THE MARTYRS

Some of the souls of the martyrs reside inside green birds in Paradise, while others are held at the gates of Paradise. Ibn ‘Abbaas reported that Allaah’s Messenger (PBUH) said: “When your brethren were killed [on the day of Uhud], Allaah placed their souls inside green birds which drink from the rivers of Paradise and […]

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THE SOUL’S ABODE AFTER DEATH: SOULS OF BELIEVERS

The souls of the righteous believers will also be in Paradise, but in the form of birds and not inside birds. Yet these souls will not be free to roam as those of the martyrs. Ka‘b ibn Maalik related that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “The believer’s soul [becomes] a bird which feeds upon the fruits […]

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THE BEST OF CREATION

Those believe in One Unique God, without partners or offspring, and do righteous deeds [according to the above-mentioned principles] become the crown of creation. That is, although humankind is not the greatest creation of Allaah, they have the potential to become the best of His creation. In chapter al-Bayyinah, Allaah states this fact as follows: […]

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INVITATION TO ISLAAM (DA‘WAH)

Almighty Allaah said: “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching, and discuss with them using that which is better.” Soorah an-Nahl (16):125. Hikmah here refers to the Qur’aan. That is, Muslims are instructed to use Qur’aanic arguments and proofs when discussing with disbelievers. During discussion, Muslims should not sink to […]

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WASEEYAH (WILL)

Before dying, everyone should write or dictate a will giving away up to one third of their wealth to those who would not inherit from them based on the inheritance laws. This recommendation was instituted by the Allaah to protect the rights of non-inheriting relatives and friends. It is under this principle of waseeyah that […]

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THE BEST WOMEN OF PARADISE: MARYAM BINT ‘IMRAAN AND AASIYAH BINT MUZAAHIM

Ibn ‘Abbaas related that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The best women of paradise are Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid, Faatimah bint Muhammad, Maryam bint ‘Imraan, and Aasiyah bint Muzaahim, the wife of Pharaoh.” Collected by Ahmad, al-Haakim and at-Tabaraanee in al-Kabeer [S.J.S. 1135]. Mishkat Al-Masabih, vol. 2, no. 1361. MARYAM BINT ‘IMRAAN: The mother of Prophet Jesus […]

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