Feasts, Festivities, and Special Occasions in Islam

Islam has enacted two festivals which have special timings, rituals and ceremonies. These special occasions have effective benefits for social and individual well-being. Islam, the religion of fitrah (nature), allows its followers to experience the pleasures, joy, and gaiety of festivals and celebrations. Maintaining Islam’s unique identity, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) declared two festivals, namely the Feast of Fast-breaking (Eid-ul-Fitr) and the Feast of Sacrifice (Eid-ul-Adha). In addition to these two main festivals, other social festivities such as the festivity of the Newly Born (Aqeeqah) and the festivity of the…

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Risale-i Nur: The concept and how to benefit from it

It is hard to define and categorize Risale-i Nur as a collection of Islamic books. Is it a kind of tafsir or a book of irshad? How shall we define it? People who just come across it may sometimes find it difficult to get started, and to comprehend it and get benefit from it. Here is the first of a series of articles aiming at introducing it to the world of readers. 1. WHY WAS IT GIVEN THE NAME “RISALE-I NUR” [Treatises of Light]? Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi describes how…

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The Need for Prophetic Morality in the Modern Islamic World

The more we research the problems in the Muslim world, the more we realize that we have them because we have been alienated from the good attitude and moral standing of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). All the Muslim scholars of the modern age who are working to revive the deen have pointed out this poignant reality. Introduction Currently, the whole world is in a state of serious moral decay. Good ethics are being cast aside in the corridors of power even among the majority of the Muslim elite. True Islamic…

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The Onslaught of Misguidance: Philosophy and Science

In order to understand how materialism spread through the world, we need to understand the intellectual transformation that Europe has undergone in the past few hundred years. Though the Muslim world has been substantially affected by this way of thinking, the remedy is at hand. The subject of this article is a momentous issue that affects all Muslims very deeply, and that has played a large part in causing the decline of Muslim civilisation, the weakness of Muslim peoples, and the political and intellectual fragmentation and disunity of the Muslim…

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Employer and Employee Relations in Islam

The relations between “haves” and “have-nots” have been problematic since ancient times, and remain so today. The greed of man has always led him to turn his fellows into slaves in all cultural spheres. How Islam treats this issue is worth looking into. It is possible to examine the themes of the Islamic economy in two consecutive phases. The first category and phase is “the transitional period” and the second phase is “the ideal Islamic economy”. The Islamic economy of “the transitional period” basically takes the contemporary life order into…

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Appreciation: A Way to Make Abilities Flourish

Showing appreciation and respect for scholars, artists and virtuous people is important, just as it is for ordinary people. This is one of the ways of bringing out the beauty inside people. Our Prophet (PBUH) and Appreciation Appreciation means to give value to people, to know and express how valuable they are and to treat them accordingly. Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was an appreciative person. He would give such a great sense of value to people around him that all his companions would think that “he loves me most”. He…

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Fasting and Allah’s Lordship

The fast of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, and it is one of the greatest of the marks and observances of Islam. There are many purposes and instances of wisdom in the fast of Ramadan which look to both Allah’s (SWT) Lordship (rububiyyah), and to man’s social life, his personal life and the training of his instinctual soul, and to his gratitude for Divine bounties. One of the many instances of wisdom in fasting from the point of view of Allah’s (SWT) Lordship (rububiyyah) is as…

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Ramadan; a blessed month for spiritual healing

Praises be to Allah that we have reached the blessed month of Ramadan of 1434. The dictionaries say that one meaning of ‘Ramadh’ is the rain of autumn. We will wash our spirits with the mercy and compassion of this blessed month and make them ready for new seasons. We will try to search and find the Lord of the nights and recognize the value of each moment. The Islamic world will form itself into a regular congregation, responding to the glory of Divine Lordship with a perfect discipline of…

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