Akhlaaq (Manners), Family, Translations

Five Positive Habits Which Build Happy Families

Happy families are built on a set of pillars. The most important of these pillars include: love, understanding, and mutual respect among everyone. These pillars manifest based on how everyone in the house, big and small, interact with each other and commit to them. Happy families distinguish themselves with certain positive habits which bring their hearts together and leave no room for disagreements and bickering. Following are some of the most important of these habits which every family seeking happiness should implement: Eating Meals Together Although family members are usually busy in their lives with work, school, university and other scheduling conflicts, it…

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Akhlaaq (Manners), Family

32 Ways of Honoring Your Parents

Address your parents with proper etiquette and do not say to them uff [expression of annoyance] nor rebuke them. And speak to them with good words. Obey your parents always unless it is something sinful, in which case, do not obey them because obedience to the Creator takes preference over obedience to the parents. Be kind to your parents and do not frown at them nor stare at them with anger. Preserve their reputation, honor, and wealth and do not take anything from it without their permission. Do acts to make things easy for them even when they don’t tell you to, for…

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Akhlaaq (Manners)

We Need Quality Khutbahs in Our Mosques

There was an excellent khutbah (sermon) last week in my local mosque. I looked around to see if everyone was enjoying it just as much as I was and they were! The vast majority of people were really engaged into his talk. Usually most people are not really paying attention. This got me thinking that how great it would be if we had more quality khutbahs in the mosques on a regular basis. The reality is that most khutbahs on Fridays are low quality and it is very difficult to follow the khateeb (speaker). Most Fridays I’m just internally begging the guy to hurry…

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Akhlaaq (Manners), Family, Translations

Raising Righteous Children – Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

Source: Tuhfah Al-Mawdud by Ibn Qayyim – P. 158-161 and P. 168-171 Allah Says in the Qur’an [meaning of which is], “O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones” [Qur’an 66:6]. Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Teach them [the religion] and teach them good manners.” Al-Hasan said, “Command them to obey Allah and teach them goodness.” The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) is reported to have said, “Command your children to pray when they reach the age of seven. Spank them [1] for [not offering] it when they are ten…

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Akhlaaq (Manners), Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

Lowering the Gaze: An Example of How Islamic Law Coincides With Human Nature (Fitrah)

Islam is the religion of the fitrah, which is often translated as natural disposition, nature, or innateness. In other words, Allah sent down a religion which conforms to our nature in which we are created. It is compatible with it and does not contradict it. He did not send us a religion which goes against our fitrah. As Allah Says in the Qur’an [meaning of which is]: So stand firm and true in your devotion to the religion. This is the natural disposition [fitrah] Allah instilled in mankind – there is no altering Allah’s creation – and this is the right religion,…

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Akhlaaq (Manners), Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

Sins Which Cause Allah to Not Look Towards the Person on the Day of Judgement

Qur’an 1 Indeed, they who conceal what Allah has sent down of the Book and exchange it for a small price – those consume not into their bellies except the Fire. And Allah will not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He purify them. And they will have a painful punishment. [Qur’an 2:174] Ibn Kathir’s Commentary: This is in reference to the Jews at the time of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who concealed their Book’s descriptions of Muhammad, all of which testify to his truth as a Messenger and a Prophet. They concealed this information so that…

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