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Knowing Allah

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….”

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. …”

Mind your heart: Stop lying!

By Khalil Moya
Prophet Muhammad sws said that the signs of a hypocrite are three: When he speaks, he tells lies; when he is entrusted with something, he betrays that trust; and when he promises, he breaks his promise…”

What is stopping you?

By Khalil Moya
“This khutbah encourages us to make istighfar and tawba, no matter what we do. May Allah forgive all of our sins….”

Ma sha Allah: Acknowledge Allah with gratitude (Sura Al Kahf)

By Osman Latif (Uthman Lateef)
“We should always humbly attribute our success and our wealth to Allah. Sura Al Kahf shows us the example of a man so puffed up with self-importance that he humiliated his poorer neighbour and forgot to thank Allah. His wealth was destroyed overnight, and his neighbour gently reminded him to acknowledge the Will of Allah; not to massage his own ego…

Choose your friends wisely

By Atif Jung
Young Muslims, and students in particular, should take great care in whom they choose for close friends. It is very easy to fall under the influence of people whose values and behaviour undermine our faith/iman…”