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Ibn Taymiyyah on Khushu’ (Humility) in Prayer

The word khushu’, humility, implies two meanings: One is humility and submissiveness, while the other is calmness and tranquility, which require a tenderness of the heart that is contrary to harshness. Thus, a humble heart implies its worship of Allah as well as tranquility; hence, humbling oneself in prayer implies both humility and tranquility.  The word ‘humble’ …

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Spiritual Development (Tazkiyyah): The Islamic Way

Islam does not subscribe to the type of asceticism where we purify our hearts and yet remain immersed in political, economic or social corruption. Tazkiyyah must encompass our entire life – the privacy of our thoughts as well as their social manifestations in our daily life. Everything must be in conformity with Allah’s will. This …

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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, …

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Religious Knowledge Should Increase Your Righteous Actions

The Qur'an

“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 …

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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. …

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