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THE RELIGION OF ISLAAM

Since there is only One God, and humankind are one species, the religion which God has ordained for human beings is one. He did not prescribe one religion for the Jews, another for Indians, yet another for Europeans, etc. Human spiritual and social needs are uniform and human nature has not changed since the first […]

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THE ANGELS: MUNKAR AND NAKEER

According to authentic narrations, Munkar and Nakeer are two angels who will question each person following their death. The Prophet (PBUH) was reported to have said: “When a dead man is buried, two bluish-black angels will come to him. One of them is called Munkar and the other Nakeer. They will ask, ‘What did you […]

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SOORAH AL-FAATIHAH

The companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to recite chapters and verses of the Qur’aan as a cure for possession as well as other illnesses. The uncle of Khaarijah ibn as-Salt reported that he went to the Prophet (PBUH) and embraced Islaam. During his return journey, he came across a tribe which had among them […]

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DEEDS

“The deeds which Allaah loves most are those done regularly, even if they are small.” Al-Bukhaaree (Sahih al-Bukhari, vol. 3, pp. 108-9, no. 191), “Small” in number or size. A few regular good deeds are better than many irregular good deeds. That is because regular deeds have a much greater effect on a person’s character. […]

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CHARITY

“The best charity is that given when one has surplus wealth; and the upper hand is better than the lower. But begin [giving charity] with your dependents.” Collected by an-Nasaa’ee and Ahmad [S.J.S. 1115] and by Muslim (Sahih Muslim, vol. 2, p. 495, no. 2254). The upper hand is the hand which gives and the […]

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THE JINN

The jinn are a class of invisible rational beings created by God from the elements of fire. They were endowed by God with free-will, like mankind. Consequently, some of them are righteous believers and others are evil disbelievers. The evil among them are commonly called demons, evil spirits, devils, etc. “I have created the jinn […]

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DOUBTS IN THE HEART

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was reported by Ibn ‘Abbaas to have said, “Reflect on the creation of Allaah but do not reflect on Allaah.” To reflect on the reality of Allaah is to reflect on the infinite. And, as the mind boggles when it reflects on the limits of the finite universe and the galaxies and […]

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FUNERAL RITES IN ISLAAM: FACING QIBLAH

Turning the body of one who is dying so that he or she faces the Qiblah [Makkah] has no foundation in the practise of the Prophet (PBUH) and his companions. The body should be turned to face Makkah when it is placed in the grave, according to the Prophet’s instructions. However, at the time of […]

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The COMPANIONS: SA’D IBN MU’AATH

Al-Baraa ibn ‘Aazib related that once when Allaah’s Messenger (PBUH) was given a silk garment and people were amazed by its beauty and softness, he said:“Sa‘d ibn Mu‘aath’s handkerchief in paradise is better than this.” Sa‘d was the leader of the Aws tribe of Madeenah who converted to Islaam at the hands of Mus‘ab ibn […]

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