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Isra and Mi’raj: The Mystical Night Journey and Ascension through the heavens

By Arshad Gamiet
“Before the Mi’raj occurred, Muslims had no idea as to how and when they should pray. Now we not only know how and when, but also, most importantly, we must remember the reason, the ‘why’ part. Why do we pray? Why 5 times a day? Why not just once? … When we Muslims pray, we enjoy a very special relationship with Allah. While other faiths have intermediaries, Muslims have no priest, Rabbi, Archbishop or even a Pope to stands between us and Allah. We worship Him directly and He answers us directly. Allah says “I listen to the prayer of everyone who calls me. Let them also then, listen to My call, so that they may walk on the straight way.”

Rajab and the Enlightened Path

By Sheikh Abdul Hamid Lachporia
“You cannot be forced to feel faith any more than you can be forced to feel love. It’s a matter of awareness. According to Islam, the person who submits to the Will of Almighty Allah, which is a good Will, and obeys the Law of the Exalted Creator, which is the best Law, is a sound and honest person. He is gaining protection of his own rights, showing genuine respect for the rights of others, and enjoying a high degree of responsible, creative freedom….”

Descriptions of Prophet Muhammad sws

By Arshad Gamiet
” I believe it’s no exaggeration to say that if the modern world followed the example of Allah’s Prophet, there would be no man-made disasters like poverty, war, and the destruction of our life-sustaining environment…”

Our greatest need of the hour

By Abdul Hamid Lachporia
” It is possible for the righteous word to transform into a righteous social structure only when it springs from a heart regenerated by the values that it signifies. Otherwise, it remains a hollow utterance without meaning or content. Thus it is the ‘heart’ that gives meaning to words, content to ideals, and direction and goal to outward development. …”

Dealing with stress

By Abdul Malik Mujahid
“Being patient gives us control in situations where we feel we have little or no control. ‘We cannot control what happens to us but we can control our reaction to our circumstances’ is the mantra of many modern-day self-help books. Patience helps us keep a positive attitude in times of hardship.
Excuse me, you are not running the world. He is…”

Why do bad things happen to good people?

By Arshad Gamiet
“We have a simple choice. We can either stay locked into our cultural ghettoes, choosing only to associate with like-minded people, while the suspicion and hatred of Muslims grows around us. Or, we can set a good example for our children and grandchildren. For their future, for their sake, we can and we must cultivate good neighbourly relations with the wider communities. We must build bridges of mutual understanding and trust..”

The Spirit of Islam

By Sheikh Abdul Hamid Lachporia
“In order to avoid the least semblance of high-handedness, no Muslim was allowed to acquire the land owned by a Christian nor could they be disposed of their property. All were equal under the law. In their anxiety for the welfare of all non-Muslim subjects, the Khalifs’ of Baghdad, like their counterparts of Cordova, created a special governmental department charged with the protection of all non-Muslim citizens and the safeguarding of their interests. ..”

Every day is Women’s Day

By Arshad Gamiet
“Our daughters have a right to education. They also have a right to work, to own businesses and to develop their God-given talents so that all humankind benefits. They have a right to be loved and respected no less than our sons. ..”

Khutbah on the Physically Disabled

By Sheikh Abdul Hamid Lachporia

I remember speaking to two young deaf brothers whom I met recently for Jummah Salaat. They told me how deaf Muslims praying in congregation end up just standing and following the motions, unable to hear any of the vocalized invocations and recitation of the Holy Qur’an that are meant to transform our hearts. They asked if it would be religiously permissible to use sign language when leading a prayer, so that those who could not hear would be able to be more actively present. It was honestly something I had never thought about, which was alarming to me. It opened my eyes to the many ways in which the leaders of Masaajid and Islamic Centres fail to be inclusive and accessible to our Muslim brothers and sisters living with hearing disabilities…”

Why am I so neglected?

By Sheikh Abdul Hamid Lachporia
” I am not an ordinary book that should be kept on a shelf collecting dust. I am the words of the Most Glorious and Exalted Creator of the heavens and the earth. I am the final word from Almighty Allah to mankind, therefore I am for all mankind. I am a continuation of the Light which was sent down by Almighty Allah through all His Ambiya Alayhim Salaam. So the Truth and final judgement is that I represent the final True Message of Almighty Allah. ..”