Servitude to Allah: A Dive into the Master-Slave Relationship

Allah

Allah very clearly informed us of the purpose of our creation and existence when He said: وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me. [Qur’an 51:56] The essence of worship is complete submission and obedience to Allah. Ibn Jawzi said about the meaning of …

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How to Finish the Whole Qur’an in Ramadan

It is highly recommended to try and finish the Qur’an in Ramadan due to the fact that the Angel Gabriel (Jibreel) used to teach and revise it with the Prophet (ﷺ) every Ramadan. It is reported from Ibn Abbas that: كَانَ جِبْرِيلُ ـ عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَمُ ـ يَلْقَاهُ فِي كُلِّ لَيْلَةٍ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ، فَيُدَارِسُهُ الْقُرْآنَ Gabriel …

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Tips for Khateebs: 11 Ways to Become a Highly Effective Public Speaker

I have been giving Friday sermons (khutbah) for over a decade now for various mosques in my area. I recently came across an article in Arabic about tips on public speaking. I found them very helpful and can relate them to my own personal experience, so I thought I’d share them here on my blog. …

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Loss of a Child: Hadiths on Losing Children Provide Some Comfort

A few days ago, one of my cousin’s youngest daughter, 6 years old, was killed in a tragic accident in Pakistan. A water tanker accidentally ran over her small precious body while playing with her friends in the street right in front of her house. Her parents are, quite understandably, in a complete state of …

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