Ayat Al-Kursi Explained

Verse 255 of Surah Al-Baqarah, the second chapter of the Quran, is known as Ayat Al-Kursi – the Verse of the Chair (or Verse of the Throne). It derives its title from the word Kursi (Chair) appearing towards the end of the verse which alludes to the authority of Allah over everything else. The verse … Continue reading Ayat Al-Kursi Explained

Contemplation and Reflection in the Quran

We are surrounded by the wonders of Allah’s creation, and are witness to the everyday miracles of life on this planet. It is no surprise, therefore, that contemplation is a much-emphasized theme in the Quran. Allah repeatedly exhorts us to reflect, ponder, give thought, reason, consider, and discern. The Quran, however, does not require us … Continue reading Contemplation and Reflection in the Quran

What Islam Says About Fortune-Telling

What is Fortune-Telling? Fortune-telling is about predicting future events, especially those that relate closely to a person’s life. There are various means by which knowledge of the future is supposedly derived. Palmistry, for instance, involves studying the lines on a person’s palm; astrology is the study of the positions and movements of the stars and … Continue reading What Islam Says About Fortune-Telling

Why the Quran was Revealed in Portions

Allah revealed the Quran to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in portions over a period of 23 years. The first time Muhammad ﷺ received divine revelation was in the Cave of Hira, where he would occasionally meditate, in the outskirts of Makkah. He was 40 years old then. The final verses of the Quran were revealed to … Continue reading Why the Quran was Revealed in Portions

Islamic Perspective on Wealth

Zubayr bin Al-Awwam was a well-known companion of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ who had hardly any property when he migrated to Madinah. When Zubayr died many years later, however, his net worth was in excess of fifty million (dirhams or dinars), including eleven houses in Madinah, four houses in other cities, and two large plots of … Continue reading Islamic Perspective on Wealth

Allah is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth

One of the most sublime passages of the Quran is the 35th ayah (verse) of Surah Nur which describes the Light of Allah in all its splendor. The ayah holds a lot of inner meaning as it evokes the most perfect imagery based on an elaborate example. The ayah is as follows.     Allah is … Continue reading Allah is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth

The Significance and Meaning of Surah Al-Fatiha

Surah Al-Fatiha is the first surah (chapter) of the Quran. As per the order of revelation, it comes at number five, according to popular opinion. It was revealed completely at once, unlike most surahs which were revealed in portions. The significance of Surah Al-Fatiha in the daily life of Muslims can be judged from the … Continue reading The Significance and Meaning of Surah Al-Fatiha

How to Increase Concentration in Salah

Salah (Salat or Namaz) is a specific form of prayer that allows us to connect with Allah and humble ourselves before Him. It demands not just our time but also our attention and devotion. The very objective of Salah – which is to remember Allah and express our devotion to Him – is lost if … Continue reading How to Increase Concentration in Salah

Four Key Terms of the Quran

The Quran uses certain key terms to clarify the concept of God and to explain the relationship between the Creator and the created – between God and humanity. According to a renowned twentieth-century scholar of Islam, Abul Ala Maududi, the Quran contains four basic terms from which some of the most important concepts of Islam … Continue reading Four Key Terms of the Quran

Allah is Beautiful and He Loves Beauty

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ once said, “No one who has an atom’s weight of pride in his heart will enter Paradise.” A man asked, “What if a person likes his clothes to look good and his shoes to look good?” The Prophet ﷺ replied, “Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty. Pride means denying the truth … Continue reading Allah is Beautiful and He Loves Beauty

Five Key Attributes of God in the Quran

The Quran (Koran) speaks at length about the attributes of God (Allah in Arabic). In fact, serving God alone and “associating none with Him” is the primary teaching of Islam and the most recurring theme of the Quran. Yet, one might ask, “Who – or what – really is God?” Here are five key facts … Continue reading Five Key Attributes of God in the Quran

The Seven Major Sins in Islam

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has described seven of the major sins as the most grievous ones in the sight of Allah, and advised people to refrain from them at all costs. He has specifically referred to these as the “sever destroyers” or “seven fatalities” recorded in a famous tradition which is as follows. The Prophet ﷺ … Continue reading The Seven Major Sins in Islam

Five Key Facts about the Quran

The Quran (Koran) is the most authoritative text in Islam, and one about which little is known to the common person. Few Muslims make the effort to read it with understanding in their native languages, while non-Muslims mostly encounter forged information about it through the media. So, here are five important facts about the Quran … Continue reading Five Key Facts about the Quran

How to Make Du’a

Supplication, or Du’a, is one of the essentials of worship in Islam. Someone who does not frequently make Du’a is not only losing out on attaining Allah’s blessings, but is also deprived of worshiping Allah in a very personal manner. Abstinence from making Du’a is a sign of arrogance and is reminiscent of the attitude … Continue reading How to Make Du’a

The Concept of Charity in Islam

Charity, sadaqah in Arabic, is one of the most important concepts in Islam. In addition to Zakat (obligatory charity) being a pillar of Islam, charity is one of the most emphasized themes in the Qur’an. For instance, Allah has revealed that helping the needy financially is equivalent to giving a loan to Allah, which He … Continue reading The Concept of Charity in Islam

Optimism in Islam

The word optimism is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “hopefulness and confidence about the future or the success of something”. Islam is a great advocate of optimism; it encourages its followers to have a positive outlook on life and, having made the necessary effort, to hope for the help of Allah and the best … Continue reading Optimism in Islam

The All-Encompassing Mercy of Allah

Have you ever wondered how merciful our Creator is? The Prophet ﷺ said, “When Allah completed the creation, He wrote in His Book which is with Him on His Throne, ‘My mercy has overcome My anger.’” (Bukhari) Allah loves to forgive; He prefers to forgive His erring servants instead of punishing them. What He loves … Continue reading The All-Encompassing Mercy of Allah