Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development), Translations

Brief Explanation of the Words of Salah

The Takbeer The takbeer is repeated throughout the prayer. The prayer is started by it and positions are changed by it. الله أكبر Allah is Greater Allah is greater and higher than everything else.  Istiftaah (The Opening) There are different supplications reported in the hadith literature but the following one is the most common, therefore, I will stick to it alone. سبحانك اللهم وبحمدك، وتبارك اسمك، وتعالى جدك، ولا إله غيرك How perfect You are O Allah, and with You is all praise. Blessed be Your name, and lofty is Your position and none has the right to be worshiped…

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Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

Religious Knowledge Should Increase Your Righteous Actions

“No person to whom God had given the Scripture, wisdom, and prophethood would ever say to people, ‘Be my servants, not God’s.’ [He would say], ‘You should be devoted to God because you have taught the Scripture and studied it closely’” [Quran 3:79]. There is no point in seeking religious knowledge if it does not increase your taqwa (mindfulness of God). One of the fundamental points of seeking this sacred knowledge is to increase your level of righteousness. In a verse in the Qur’an, Allah directly draws a connection between acts of devotion to to Him and knowledge: “What about…

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Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

Al-Muttaqun: Those Mindful of God

Allah Says [meaning of which is]: “Allah loves those who are mindful of Him (Al-Muttaqeen)” [Qur’an 9:4]. The word Muttaqun comes from the word Taqwa. It is reported that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Taqwa is here” and he pointed to his chest three times” [Muslim]. In another narration, he is reported to have said, “Allah does not look to your bodies nor to your faces but He looks to your hearts” and he pointed towards his chest with his fingers [Muslim]. It means that external actions will not make a person acquire Tawqa, rather, it can only be acquired by having a…

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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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Akhlaaq (Manners), Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

Spending Extravagantly or Paying for High Priced Brand Names is Not Beneficial to Society

Allah tells us in the Qur’an [meaning of which is]: And give the relative his right, and [also] the poor and the traveler, and do not spend wastefully. [Qur’an 17:26] Wealth is considered a blessing from Allah in Islam. We have been prohibited to waste it on superficial things or those things which are out of our means. Unfortunately, today people spend their money on things of luxurious nature, that they cannot afford in the first place, just to look rich and successful in front of others and to boost their own egos. This type of mentality is not in accordance to Islamic…

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Akhlaaq (Manners), Seerah (Prophet's Life), Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

Inside of the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) House and His Belongings (3D Replica)

This following images and video is a beautiful replica of the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) House shown in 3D. This exhibition was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is built based on the narrations (hadiths). This model is very important for us to understand the modesty of the Prophet (pbuh). In addition to the video below, you can view some more images here.