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The Do's and Don'ts of "Insha'Allah"

The Islamic phrase "insha'Allah" is well known by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. But do we really understand what it means or when and how to say it? Why do we even say "insha'Allah"? And even as importantly: do we know when NOT to say it? Read on to...
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The Meaning Behind "As-Salaamu 'Alaykum"

The Islamic greeting "as-salaamu 'alaykum" literally translates to "Peace be upon you", written in Arabic as ٱلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ‎ and pronounced [as-salāmu ʿalaykum]. Muslims use this greeting whenever first meeting with one another, upon entering ...
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7 Tips to Prepare for Ramadan 2021 (Pandemic or Not)

Last year, as Ramadan was approaching, we were still in a state of confusion. Would the mosques be open? Would there be taraweeh (night prayers during the month of Ramadan)? The words "Ramadan" and "pandemic" had never been paired before. At least no...
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The Blessings of Friday

Friday is a special day for Muslims and there are many blessings associated to it. We have gathered here a few ahadeeth (prophetic narrations) and aya...
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[VIDEO] The Five Pillars of Islam

Meet Ibrahim and learn about the five pillars of Islam in this short animation video!  The Five Pillars of Islam (transcript) As-salaam 'alaykum! My name is Ibrahim. I'm a Muslim. I live with my family. [Adhaan, call to prayer] It's ti...
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"Here I am, O Allah..."

We are in the blessed season of Hajj, the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, and the season of talbiyah - that special prayer on every pilgrim's lips when they are nearing the Sacred House: A sea of millions upon millions of hujjaj (pilgrims), from all walks ...
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[Infographics] Hajj - The fifth pillar of Islam

 Introduction Text Goes Here What is Hajj? Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Shahaadah (testimony of faith), Salah (prayer), Zakat (alms-giving) and Sawm (fasting). Hajj is the pilgrimage to the Ka'bah, the House of Allah ...
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What Does the Quran Say About Mary? Part 2

Despite being very much a religion unto itself, Islam can lay exclusive claim to only a handful of prophets and individuals. The vast majority of the characters which appear in the Quran are also mentioned in other sacred texts and worshipped in othe...
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What Does the Quran Say About Mary? Part 1

Mary, mother of Jesus, should be one of the most important figures in any religion which reveres Jesus as a prophet. However, this is not always the case. Within Christianity, for example, dedication to Mary rises and falls from denomination to denom...
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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. It's Meaning?​  The term 'Zakat' is derived from the Arabic root word meani...
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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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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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