Heidi Mahmoud16 May 2018When Allah saved Moses (PBUH) and his followers from the tyrant Pharaoh, they travelled to another land. On their way, the people of Israel found people who were worshiping an idol, and they asked Moses (PBUH) to make an idol for them to worship similar to the one of the people they saw. Allah says: “And We took the Children of Israel across the sea; then they came upon a people intent in devotion to [some] idols of theirs. They said, "O Moses, make for us a god just as they have gods." He said, "Indeed, you are a people behaving ignorantly.” [Al-A’raf, 138]
Heidi Mahmoud16 May 2018Anas [may Allah be pleased with him] Narrated: that the Prophet (PBUH) said: "Sufficient for you among the women of mankind are Mariam bint 'Imran, Khadijah bint Khuwailid, Fatimah bint Muhammad and Asiyah the wife of Fir'awn (Pharoh)." [Sahih (Darussalam), Book 49, Hadith 4252]
Dina Essawy16 May 2018The Quran is the holy book upon which all Muslims depend to understand Islam and its teachings, so it is a must for all Muslims to be able to interpret what the Quran says. Many Muslims also choose to memorize the Quran in order to gain the most benefit out of its teachings.
Dina Essawy16 May 2018The Arabic language is one of the most sacred languages around the world. It is the language of the holy Quran and the language spoken by over 300 million people. Non-Arabic speakers choose to study Arabic for various reasons, ranging from work-related reasons to marriage, travel or religion.
Heidi Mahmoud Kheyamy08 May 2018Ubayy Ibn Ka'b reported that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was near the tank of Banu Ghifar that Jibril came to him and said: “Allah has commanded you to recite to your people the Qur'an in one dialect. Upon this he said: I ask from Allah pardon and forgiveness. My people are not capable of doing this. He then came for the second time and said: Allah has commanded you that you should recite the Qur'an to your people in two dialects. Upon this he (the Holy Prophet) again said: I seek pardon and forgiveness from Allah, my people would not be able to do so. He (Jibril) came for the third time and said: Allah has commanded you to recite the Qur'an to your people in three dialects. Upon this he said: I ask pardon and forgiveness from Allah. My people would not be able to do this. He then came to him for the fourth time and said: Allah has commanded you to recite the Qur'an to your people in seven dialects, and in whichever dialect they would recite, they would be right.” [Sahih Muslim 821 a, Book 6, Hadith 334]
Heidi Mahmoud Kheyamy28 Apr 2018Although it is condemned to envy anyone for having something you don’t have, it is approved to desire having a fortune like a prosperous man who spends his money helping underprivileged people. Ibn 'Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: "Envy is justified in regard to two types of persons only: a man whom Allah has given knowledge of the Qur'an, and so he recites it during the night and during the day; and a man whom Allah has given wealth and so he spends from it during the night and during the day." [Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim, Book 1, Hadith 572]
Eman Mahmoud10 Apr 2018When Ismael was young, Ibrahim had a vision of sacrificing him. It was a dream he saw several times, and Ibrahim informed his son about it. Being a staunch believer in Allah’s plan, Ismael asked his father to do what he was told, and that he would find him to be among the patient followers of Allah.
Eman Mahmoud10 Apr 2018After surviving the great fire, Ibrahim’s fame grew bigger and reached, according to sources, Nimrod, the king of Babylon, who sent for him to question his words about Allah; Allah says “Have you not considered the one who argued with Abraham about his Lord [merely] because Allah had given him kingship? When Abraham said, "My Lord is the one who gives life and causes death," he said, "I give life and cause death." Abraham said, "Indeed, Allah brings up the sun from the east, so bring it up from the west." So, the disbeliever was overwhelmed [by astonishment], and Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people,” [Al-Baqarah, 258].
Eman Mahmoud10 Apr 2018Ibrahim, in Arabic, or Abraham, as known in Hebrew, was born in, what is today, Iraq. His people, including his father, used to worship idols. Ibrahim’s father used to make these idols for people to worship, but Ibrahim could not understand how these idols would answer people’s requests. Allah says, “And recite to them the news of Abraham, when he said to his father and his people, "What do you worship?" They said, "We worship idols and remain to them devoted." He said, "Do they hear you when you supplicate? Or do they benefit you, or do they harm?" They said, "But we found our fathers doing thus," [Ash-Shu’ara, 69-74].
Eman Mahmoud10 Apr 2018Prophet Salih was sent to people of Thamud, a tribe who started to worship idols, nearly 200 years after Prophet Hud. Like, the people of ‘Aad, those of Thamud were strong and wealthy, and they inhabited a place called Al-Hajr, which is now said to be in Saudi Arabia. Salih was good, kind, and wise; he was respected by his own people. He had only one mission which was to call his people to worship Allah.
Eman Mahmoud29 Mar 2018In the Quran, there is a whole chapter named Hud, but who is Hud? Hud was descendent of Prophet Nuh and he was sent to people of ‘Aad. Allah says, “And to 'Aad [We sent] their brother Hud. He said, "O my people, worship Allah; you have no deity other than Him. You are not but inventors [of falsehood]”,” [Hud, 50].
Becoming a Practicing Muslim: The Five Pillars of Islam24 Mar 2018Fasting or sawm is the fourth of the five pillars of Islam. When practicing sawm, Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise (fajr) to sunset (maghrib). Sawm, to Muslims, is a way to strengthen one’s faith, patience, endurance and help Muslims feel closer and more compassionate with those who are less fortunate.
Dina Essawy24 Mar 2018Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. It must be carried out at least once in a Muslim's lifetime. It can only be carried out by adult Muslims, who are physically and financially capable to do so, as it requires travelling. Hajj is performed in Mecca, the holy city located in Saudi Arabia. Hajj only occurs in the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijjah. During Hajj, Muslims wear ihram, which is a special type of garb specific to Hajj, and refrain from certain actions.
Heidi Mahmoud Kheyamy24 Mar 2018It is not frequently mentioned that giving charity has as many, or possibly more, benefits for the receiver as it has for the giver. For instance, donating could save a man from being punished in hell-fire in the hereafter.
Heidi Mahmoud Kheyamy24 Mar 2018It is a core belief in Islamic creed that the Holy Quran is the words of Allah Almighty, in accordance with the holy verse: “The revelation of the Qur'an is from Allah, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. Indeed, We have sent down to you the Book, [O Muhammad], in truth. So worship Allah, [being] sincere to Him in religion.” [Az-Zumar, 1, 2]
Eman Mahmoud22 Mar 2018Prophet Nuh or Noah is one of the greatest prophets in history. There are about ten generations between Nuh and Adam. After the death of Adam, people started to create statues of good people, who used to live among them before their death, and worship these statues, believing that these will protect them from evil. They even gave them names; The disbelievers of his time used to say, “never leave Wadd or Suwa' or Yaghuth and Ya'uq and Nasr,” [Nuh, 23].
Eman Mahmoud21 Mar 2018Among the first prophets sent after Adam, is Idris. Allah says, “And mention in the Book, Idrees. Indeed, he was a man of truth and a prophet. And We raised him to a high station,” [Maryam, 56, 57], “And [mention] Ishmael and Idrees and Dhul-Kifl; all were of the patient,” [Al-Anbya, 85].
Heidi Mahmoud Kheyamy04 Mar 2018Abu Huraira reported that Allah's Messenger (PBUH) said: “Do not make your houses as graveyards. Satan runs away from the house in which Surah Baqarah is recited.” [Sahih Muslim 780, Book 6, Hadith 252]. Al-Baqarah is known for being the longest chapter of the Holy Quran. It is composed of 286 verses and it was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Al-Madinah. In addition to this, verse number 282 of Al-Baqarah is the longest verse in the Holy Quran, and is called “The Verse of Debt.”
Like most chapters which were revealed in Al-Madinah, Al-Baqarah illustrates many legislative provisions. Those mentioned in Al Baqarah are concerned with belief, actions of devotion, ethics, marriage, divorce, and a few others.
Heidi Mahmoud Kheyamy27 Feb 2018Ammar bin Yaser, a true believer, was born to Yaser bin Amer, a man who left his country, Yemen, and travelled to Makkah. He stayed in Makkah and lived there with his ally Abu Huthaifah bin Mughirah. Subsequently, Huthaifah married Yaser to one of his female slaves, Sumayyah bint Alkhayyat, the first female martyr in Islamic History, and she gave birth to Ammar.
Heidi Mahmoud Kheyamy27 Feb 2018Al Madinah Al Munawwarah comes after Makkah as the second sacred city in the Islamic world. It witnessed the migration of the first Muslim converts and the migration of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) himself. It contains the first mosque in Islamic History, and in it stands Mount Uhud. It is reported that Allah's Messenger (PBUH) cast a glance at Uhud and said: “Uhud is a mountain which loves us and we love it.” [Sahih Muslim 1393 b, Book 15, Hadith 577]
Dina Essawy18 Feb 2018Prophet Yusuf, son of Yacoub (Jacob), had ten half-brothers. Yusuf was said to have been his father’s most loved son, which ignited jealousy among his brothers. At the age of seventeen, Yusuf had a dream that Yacoub warned Yusuf not tell his brothers lest they try to harm him.
Heidi Mahmoud Kheyamy14 Feb 2018During the period of ignorance which preceded Islam, providing the pilgrims, who came from all over the Arab Peninsula to Makkah, with water, was the job of Quraish until Abdul Mutalib – the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) grandfather – took the charge of providing pilgrims with water. At that time Makkah suffered little rain and the water supply there was rare.
Heidi Mahmoud Kheyamy14 Feb 2018Ibn 'Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Ibrahim (PBUH) brought his wife and her son Isma'il (PBUH), while she was suckling him, to a place near the Ka'bah under a tree on the spot of Zamzam, at the highest place in the mosque. In those days, there was no human being in Makkah, nor was there any water. So he made them sit over there and placed near them a leather bag containing some dates, and a small water-skin containing some water, and set out homeward.
Eman Mahmoud11 Feb 2018Allah Almighty sent a great number of messengers to guide people to the right path and teach them about the one and only God. In the Quran, 25 prophets were mentioned reflecting the most important transitional phases in their life. Adam is not only the first prophet of Islam but he is also the first human created by Allah and he is considered to be the father of humanity.
Dina Essawy11 Feb 2018Islam always teaches us to be thankful for our blessings and therefore to express our gratitude in positive action, which means always lending a helping hand to others in any shape or form. Zakat (Charity), which was initiated by Prophet Muhammad, is an essential practice in Islam.
Dina Essawy08 Feb 2018Patience is an acquired virtue for most of us. It helps us endure any misfortunes and recognize the blessings in our lives. Islam teaches us that one must always be patient and learn to withstand the trials and tribulations of life in order to ultimately reach the final reward in heaven.
Heidi Mahmoud Kheyamy08 Feb 2018Makkah, the sacred city, is the best spot in the world. As ‘Abdullah bin ‘Adiy bin Hamra’ said:
“I saw the Messenger of Allah (PBUH), standing in Al-Hazwarah* (A place in Makkah) saying: ‘By Allah, you are the best land of Allah, and the dearest of the land of Allah to me. By Allah, had I not been expelled from you I would never have left.’” [Sahih, Al-Tirmidhi, page: 3925].
Eman Mahmoud04 Feb 2018When Muslims hear the prayer call “Adhan” from a nearby mosque, they are aware that it is the time to pray, but what is prayer in Islam? Prayer or Salah is the second pillar of Islam and one of the most obligatory acts of worship.
Heidi Mahmoud Kheyamy04 Feb 2018It goes without saying that the Arabic language is indispensable for all Muslims whether it is their mother tongue or not. It is distinguished for being the language of the Holy Quran.
Heidi Mahmoud Kheyamy04 Feb 2018Zaynab bint Jahsh, the beautiful young lady descending from Banu Asad ibn Khuzaymah, was one of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) wives and a mother of the believers. Her marriage to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was ordained by Allah in the Quran.
Dina Essawy30 Jan 2018Salah (prayer) is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is an important act of worship that is mandatory for every Muslim. During Salah, Muslims send their supplications and prayers to God, asking for forgiveness and guidance along the "Straight Path".
Heidi Mahmoud Kheyamy30 Jan 2018The House of Wisdom was one of the key elements of the Islamic civilization; it saved the great treasures of knowledge by bringing them from all over the world, to Iraq to be translated, then preserved and finally shared.
Dina Essawy30 Jan 2018In order to become a practicing Muslim, one must be acquainted with the five pillars of Islam, namely reciting the Shahada, performing the five prayers every day, paying zakat, fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, and going on pilgrimage to Mecca to perform Hajj.
Heidi Mahmoud Kheyamy22 Jan 2018The Ka’bah was reported to have been built for the first time by the angels, after which the reconstruction of the Ka’bah was undertaken more than once. The first rebuilding began when Adam re-erected it.
Dina Essawy22 Jan 2018Few people know the extent that Islamic heritage reached in terms of culture, arts, and sciences. Islamic heritage and civilization spread throughout the world over 1400 years ago, reaching citizens far and wide, from the far east to the west.
Dina Essawy19 Jan 2018Allah's mercy will always be there to remind you that you are never alone. One of the most iconic stories in the Holy Quran is that of Prophet Yunus. Not only was his story mentioned four times in the holy book, but it has long been used as a method of instruction on the importance of repentance and seeking Allah's mercy in the most dire of circumstances.
Heidi Mahmoud Kheyamy19 Jan 2018Learning is considered an individual responsibility for every Muslim according to the religion of Islam. It is also recommended to improve your knowledge through your life time and this is revealed in Quran when Allah says, “And say, "My Lord, increase me in knowledge." [Taha, 114].
Shaimaa El Sayed10 Dec 2017Optimism, going through life with a positive attitude, hoping for a better future and believing that the best is yet to come are all concepts that have been recently highlighted due to their critical impact over the quality of life. In our world today, a thick cloud of pessimism prevails with increasing tendency to give up on dreams, goals, and even life itself
Orbit Islam31 Oct 2017Had you had a tough and busy day today? Managed to perform only compulsory prayer?
Did not get time to touch the Quran,recite few supplications or perform optional prayers?
Conquered the world? Now what? Very tired and going to sleep asap without remembering Allah? NO WAY..!
Hisham31 Oct 2017Today the mainstream media portrait Islam as the most intolerant religion. Haters will always hate Islam until they are informed the truth that Islam is the most acceptable religion and the perfect way of life
Orbit Islam31 Oct 2017People often forget the importance of the simple yet powerful dua (supplication) – Istighfar i.e., saying “Astaghfirullah” (I seek forgiveness of Allah). It is the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) to seek istighfaar 100 times daily. Let us see the benefits and virtues of reciting this simple beautiful supplication inShaAllah.
Allah's Word18 Oct 2017Greatest Surah of Quran (Umm ul-Quran): Importance of its greatness is described in Hadith Prophet (SAW) said:
Quran is the last Holy book of Allah. Each and every word of Quran is priceless for every Muslim.
Verses of Quran are authentic no one of us can question them.
Allah's Word18 Oct 2017When we say "prayers" we are referring to an act of worshipping God which has a specific format as God revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh). The prophets, from Prophet Adam to Prophet Muhammad (Pbut), ordered their followers to pray as per God's orders.
Allah's Word18 Oct 2017Women in Islam are thought to be subjugated, degraded, oppressed - but are they really?
Are millions of Muslims simply that oppressive or are these misconceptions fabricated by a biased media?
"And for women are rights over men, similar to those of men over women."Qur'an 2:228
The Messenger of God said, The most perfect of believers in belief is the best of them in character. The best of you are those who are the best to their women. The Prophet of Mercy tells us that a husband's treatment of his wife reflects a Muslim's good character, which in turn is a reflection of the man's faith.
Allah's Word18 Oct 2017The word "Islam" is an Arabic word that means submitting and surrendering your will to Almighty God. The religion of Islam is the acceptance of and obedience to the teachings of God, which He revealed to His last Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
HaqIslam18 Oct 2017A sense of connection with the Prophets (peace be upon them) from our father Ibraaheem who built the House, to our Prophet Muhammad the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his respect for the sanctity of Makkah. When the pilgrim visits the sacred places and performs the rituals, he remembers the visit of those pure Prophets to this sacred place.
HaqIslam18 Oct 2017The present study consisted of two studies which investigated the effects of reading the Holy Qur’an on Muslim psychology students’ blood pressure, heart rate and perceived stress levels. Perceived stress level is the degree to which situations in a person’s life are appraised as stressful.
Radio Islam18 Oct 2017If we were to give an exhaustive account of the benefits of the recitation of “Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim” we would need more than a single volume to do justice to it. Apart from being part of every chapter in the Noble Qur’an (except the chapter of repentance – surah at-tawba), it is also the most often repeated verse in the Holy Qur’an.
Orbit Islam18 Oct 2017Today the mainstream media portrait Islam as the most intolerant religion. Haters will always hate Islam until they are informed the truth that Islam is the most acceptable religion and the perfect way of life. Following are the top 11 misconceptions about Islam
Orbit Islam18 Oct 2017People often forget the importance of the simple yet powerful dua (supplication) – Istighfar i.e., saying “Astaghfirullah” (I seek forgiveness of Allah). It is the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) to seek istighfaar 100 times daily. Let us see the benefits and virtues of reciting this simple beautiful supplication inShaAllah.
Orbit Islam18 Oct 2017We all want to enter Jannah but are we sincerely striving for it? There are multiple ways to
attain the pleasure of Allah SWT and enter His Jannah. Allah SWT has made it easy for us to enter His Jannah
but some of us forget this due to an ‘attachment’ to this temporary worldly life!
Orbit Islam18 Oct 2017Had you had a tough and busy day today? Managed to perform only compulsory prayer?
Did not get time to touch the Quran,recite few supplications or perform optional prayers?
Conquered the world? Now what? Very tired and going to sleep asap without remembering Allah? NO WAY..!
Orbit Islam18 Oct 2017The Quran is a guide to humanity. Since none of us want to be misguided, it is paramount not only to read or recite the Quran, but to understand and implement it in our lives as well.
Following are the top 10 things you are missing every day in your life if you don’t understand the Quran:
Orbit Islam18 Oct 2017Reading the Glorious Quran daily cleans our hearts, boosts our Imaan and help us getting closer to our Creator through his words.
Following are 100 interesting facts about the Quran some of which I’m sure that most of us never knew before! Some are basics which can help the non-muslim readers too. Don’t forget to share or use it for Quran Quizzes!
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