Da’wah: Invitation or Colonization?

Da’wah: Invitation or Colonization?

By Mustafa Laurence We are living in particular times. Spirituality is encouraged in our society yet it must remain in the sphere of the private. The Human Rights discourse promotes religious pluralism yet encourages a strong separation between religion and state. As Muslims living in non-Muslim lands, we are constantly thinking about ways to engag

Acting Upon Sūrat al-Fātihah

Sayyidī al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Ḥafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him) asks us if we are truly acting upon what is contained in Sūrat al-Fātiḥah. This is an extract from a lesson in Imam al-Muḥāsibī’s book, Ādāb al-Nufūs. The lesson took place in Dār al-Muṣṭafā on 12th Jumad al-Akhirah 1434 /22nd April 2013. How is your state in relation t

Boston: Searching for solace

When I heard of the horrific events in Boston this week, a rush of emotions came over me: shock, disbelief, and overwhelmingly – sorrow. I searched for answers in reports and images of the blasts, the carnage, the panic, the heroism, and the tears. But really, I only came away with painful questions that tugged at my core. Who would do such a thing

Ibn Qayyim – The Principle of Contradictions

In his book, "Al-Fawaid", Ibn Qayyim explains why being occupied with worldly matters can have a detrimental impact on your ability to draw nearer to Allah, exalted is He. Ibn Qayyim explains this by first stating a general principle: “In order for a place to contain something, it must be free from what contradicts it.” Therefore, life can only exi

Repentance

By Shaykh Hamdi Ben Aissa God Most Glorious and Magnificent says: I did not become Angry with anyone as I became Angry with My Servant who saw his sin as greater than My forgiveness. (more…)

Imam Shafi’i

When my heart was hardened, and my courses constrained; I made my hope a stairway to Your forgiveness. My sins burdened me heavily, but when I measured it by Your forgiveness, Lord, Your forgiveness was the greater.

Learn Knowledge

Mu’adh ibn Jabal radi Allahu anhu said: Learn Al-Ilm (knowledge), for learning it is a type of Khashyah (fear) of Allah, seeking it is an act of worship, studying it is a type of tasbih (glorification of Allah), searching for it is Jihad (striving), teaching it to those who do not know is a charity and delivering it to those worthy of it is an act