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Children in Islam, Part 1

Islam is the single fastest growing religion in the world. With nearly two billion adherents worldwide, it is expected to overtake Christianity as the leading world religion by the end of this century. Much of Islam's rapid growth can be traced back ...
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Children in Islam, Part 1

Pre-Islamic Arabia was very much centered around adult males. Unsurprisingly, then, the society in which they lived was very much rigged in their favor. Women and children were often an afterthought, with few rules in place to ensure their health and...
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Between Praise and Gratitude: The Meanings of Hamd & Shukr

Between Praise and Gratitude: The Meanings of Hamd & Shukr Three Words for 'Praise': Hamd vs. Thana and Madh There are three words that have the g...
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Muhammad's Life Before His First Revelation: Part One

Click on any online ranking of the most important people in history and you're sure to find the Prophet Muhammad somewhere near the top, if he isn't listed as number one. It should come as no surprise that Muhammad is thought of so highly by historia...
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10 Inventions You Didn't Know Came From Muslims

It is often said that no religion has had a greater impact on our world and its culture than Christianity. It is certainly true that many of our greatest works of art and literature were inspired by the Bible and the ministry of Jesus. However, in th...
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Why You Should Read Surah Al-Kahf Every Friday

Surah Al-Kahf is the 18th Surah of the Quran. Comprised of 110 verses and translating to "The Cave", it is considered by many to be among the most important Surahs in the entire Quran. That is not to say that any Surah in the Quran is unimportant or ...
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The Linguistic Meaning of "Eid" & Some Eid Greetings :)

    Eid...   ...is a day of gathering. The word is derived from `aada / ya`oodu, the verb that means "he returned or he is returning" because people c...
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[Infographic] Zakat - Purifies Your Heart and Wealth

What is Zakat?  Zakat is a pillar of Islam and an obligation ordained on every able Muslim. It is a portion of wealth that is designated for the poor, due annually. What does Zakat mean?  The term 'Zakat' is derived from the Arabic root wor...
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Reversion: Why Nobody Converts To Islam

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Currently boasting 1.8 billion adherents, it is expected to surpass Christianity as the world's leading religion by the end of this century. Some estimates have it claiming that title within the nex...
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What Does the Quran Say About Other Religions?

For decades, critics of Islam have drawn on the fact the Quran supposedly tells its readers to "kill the infidels" in order to support their anti-Islam propaganda. However, anybody who is truly familiar with the Quran and its contents knows that this is not intended to incite Muslims to violence against non-Muslims. Contrary to the belief of most anti-Islamic writers, Islam holds no ill-will towards other religions. In fact, the Quran actively encourages its followers to live in peace with those of other faiths. Similarly, the Hadith - a collection of sayings attributed to the prophet Muhammad - calls for love and understanding towards other religions. In this article, we're going to be taking a closer look at what the Quran and the Hadith have to say about other religions, quoting directly from the sources in order to disprove the myth that Muslims harbor resentment towards those who do not share their beliefs. Let's get started!

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How to Pray Istikhara?

Istikhara prayer is a very simple, powerful and unique prayer in Islam for seeking Allah's guidance and asking for His divine help.In our lives, whenever we find ourselves stuck in taking major life decisions, we should turn to istikhara. As only Allah is aware of the future and only He knows what is best; istikhara prayer guides us in making the right decision. According to Islam, it is suggested to pray Istikhara whenever we need to take any important major or minor life decisions, although scholars suggest praying istikhara for even small matters and one can even pray istikhara at the beginning of each day, so Allah guides the person in all matters and keeps one away from all evil. Istikhara prayer is considered to be a powerful tool that connects us with Allah so we can take His guidance in all important matters.

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Why Tajweed is Essential for Mastering the Quran

The Holy Quran contains the words of Allah the Almighty. The construct and meaning that the Quran carries are exclusive and are not found in any other book. Along with the deep meaning contained in the Quranic verses, the awe-inspiring language of the Holy Book makes it stand apart from the other writings of the world, especially the Arabic writings.

The adorned style of prose utilized by the Quran is unique in itself. When the recitation of this style is performed in the right way, the true effect of the Quran can be experienced and observed.Thus, the recitation of the Holy Book must be done withTajweed rules.

Let us get an insight into Tajweed and why it is emphasized in Islam.

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How Islam Can Bring Comfort In The Coronavirus Era

As I write this from my basement-turned-home office, the world is a very different place to what it was at the beginning of this year. In fact, the world is a very different place to what it was at the beginning of March. In just a few weeks, COVID-1...
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10 Misconceptions About Islam

Islam is one of the largest religions in the world, boasting just under two billion adherents. It also holds the distinction of being the fastest growing religion in the world. Studies suggest it will have surpassed Christianity as the leading faith by 2070. But despite the ever-increasing number of Muslims, Islam remains arguably the most misunderstood of all religions. This is particularly true in the West, where Islam has been wrongly associated with terrorism and other heinous crimes. Even in Middle Eastern countries, where Islam is more often than not the national religion, the laws and teachings of the Quran are sometimes misunderstood. They are misinterpreted, if not intentionally maligned, to justify the questionable antics of the country's leaders. In this article, we're going to be looking at common mistakes made by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Here are ten misconceptions about Islam.

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Significance of Sha’ban

Certain Islamic months hold a greater status as compared to others and due to this these months are rendered to be very valuable by the Muslims. The eighth month of the Islamic calendar, Sha'ban is an important month in the life of a believer. Sha'ban comes immediately before the month of Ramadan and serves as a connection between the two sacred months of Ramadan and Rajab.

There is a range of reasons why Sha'ban holds great importance in Islam and Islamic parenting and why it is an anticipated month by the community (Ummah).

Let us understand this importance and how this month can be favorable for every Muslim. 

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The Many Names of Allah According to the Quran - Part Three

Monotheism is the most important aspect of the Islamic faith. It is the very foundation upon which all of the religion's teachings are built. If one does not believe in a singular God, they cannot possibly consider themselves to be a Muslim, no matter how steadfastly they hold to other pieces of Islamic doctrine. Despite Islam's belief in a single God, the Quran uses a plethora of names to refer to Him. The most prominent of these names is, of course, Allah. However, most leading Islamic scholars point to an additional 99 names used to refer to Allah throughout the Quran and Hadith. In previous articles, we have discussed 50 of these names in detail. This article, the third in our series, will examine an additional 25 Names of Allah according to the Quran in an attempt to provide a definitive compilation and dissection of each. Let's get started!

The 99 Names of Allah: 51 - 75 

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Ways to Help & Do Charity During COVID-19 (while staying safe)

As the coronavirus continues to spread and restrictions increase, it is easy to feel disconnected from the community. How can one help the community, neighbors, and loved ones while still respecting the "rules" of social distancing? Below is a small ...
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Getting Ready for a Successful Ramadan: Getting Your Act Together

Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "When Ramadan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened." {Sahih al-Bukhari} Imagine a sale at the mall that starts with amazing deals and offers loads of free stuff, and this sale is for a limited time; what will we do? Wi...
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The Many Names of Allah, Part Two

Islam is an Abrahamic religion, meaning it worships the single God worshipped by Abraham and his descendants. This monotheism is the cornerstone of the Islamic faith, with the oneness of Allah being stressed throughout the Quran and in the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. But while Muslims praise only one God, they refer to Him by many names. In fact, most Islamic scholars agree that the Quran uses a total of 99 names to refer to Allah. Each of these names refers to a different aspect of Allah's character, allowing us to better understand everything He is capable of. This article is the second in a series dedicated to compiling and discussing all 99 of Allah's names at length. In the first installment, we discussed numbers 1 to 25. Today, we'll be examining another 25 names the Quran utilizes to help us comprehend the extent of Allah's glory.

The 99 Names of Allah: 26 - 50  

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Islam & COVID-19

Islam and Covid-19 Islam being a complete way of life, does not leave us stranded at the time of crisis or a pandemic; instead, it shows us how to deal, act, react and pray. With the overflux of information on news and social media about Coronavirus ...
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