From Inspire Magazine
The Story of Asmaa bint Abu Bakr
BY MOHAMED BASSYOUNI
Along with Ayesha and Abdullah, Asmaa was born to Abu Bakr, the closest friend of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). She played a very crucial role in the early period of the Prophet’ s (pbuh) message in Makkah. After migrating to Madinah, she continued to be a beacon of Islam, raising her sons to be the future famous personalities of Islam.
She was raised in one of the most distinguished families of Makkah, Abu Bakr being her father. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said regarding him: “The most supportive of people towards me, in company and wealth is Abu Bakr, and if I were to take a close companion other than my lord, I would take Abu Bakr as my close companion, but we are brothers in Islam “ The Prophet (pbuh) started his message when Asmaa was only 14 years old. When Abu Bakr embraced Islam, Asmaa asked him about his new faith, and after he explained it to her, she immediately became the 18th person to convert to Islam. Asmaa would later marry Az-Zubayr bin Al-Awwam, an impeccable muslim youth from a distinguished family, another beacon of Islam. From her acceptance of Islam, Asmaa had immediately dedicated her life to God and his messenger. Read more…
By MICHAELA JACKSON
Amid a culture that casually tosses around phrases such as “Muslim terrorists” and “Islamic jihad,” more than 50 people gathered yesterday to sort out truth from misinterpretation and find the answer to the question, “What is Islam?”
In a sunlit room with high ceilings and few chairs, local Muslims and interested community members sat cross-legged on the floor and listened intently for more than an hour as leaders of the Islamic Center of Nashville explained their worldview and patiently answered questions about Islam’s place in the world. Read more…
It is an accepted fact among the true scholars of Islam that for centuries, tarâwîh prayer was and is an additional prayer (prayer) in the month of Ramadân. Only the Shî’as reject tarâwîh. The Ahl al-Hadith sect (or Salafis) also reject the fact that there is an additional prayer in Ramadân. Their belief is that tahajjud prayer which is performed during the latter portion of the night was brought forward in Ramadân. Thus there is no addition in Ramadân. Read more…
Hanford Secondary School was a strange school in the strange town of Richland, Washington. It was strange for a variety of reasons, such as the radioactive tumbleweed not far from the school.
But Hanford was also strange because it was a place where it was considered cool to be different. Being a Muslim Arab definitely made me one of the cool kids.
Suffice it to say, there weren’t a lot of Muslims in Richland and very few of them were teenagers. By the time I graduated, there were only three other Muslims attending Hanford (one of whom was my brother). I was seen by fellow students as having something to offer the Hanford community because I was “different” from most of them.
Yet many of us were different, coming from ethnically and religiously diverse backgrounds — Indian, Chinese, Cuban, Pakistani and Indonesian, just to name a few. Moreover, to all of us from minority backgrounds, there was a certain duality in being “different” because we thought the majority students came from fascinating backgrounds as well. Read more…
SPEAKING IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT ALLAH IS WITH YOU AT EVERY MOMENT
Some do not consider that Allah Who created them, provides their sustenance, grants the blessings they enjoy, watches over them and encompasses them at all times. They are unaware that, in the event of their death, they will be brought back to our Lord, and called to account for every act they had committed, and every word they had spoken in this world. They believe themselves to be creatures independent of Allah. When they speak, they fail to recognize that it was Allah Who granted them that power. In fact, Allah is the sole ruler and is aware of everything that they do; not a single leaf can fall from a tree without His knowledge. Allah is witness of everything, all the time. The Qur’an explains this truth:
You do not engage in any matter or recite any of the Qur’an or do any action without Our witnessing you while you are occupied with it. Not even the smallest speck eludes your Lord, either on earth or in heaven. Nor is there anything smaller than that, or larger, which is not in a Clear Book. (Surah Yunus: 61) Read more…
The creation of the universe began with a huge explosion, named “Big Bang”. From this point, the universe has been expanding ever since. Scientists say that when the mass of the universe has reached a sufficient level, this expansion will come to an end because of gravity, causing the universe to collapse in on itself. Read more…
Say: “My prayer and my rites, my living and my dying, are for Allah alone, the Lord of all the worlds. (Surat al-An’am: 162)
… And whoever remains patient, Allah will make him patient. Nobody can be given a
blessing better and greater than patience. (Bukhari)
Answered by Saghir Akhtar
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in which Muslims fast from just before sunrise to sunset each day, is upon us again. This year it begins in mid-November. Special issues that may arise in a pharmacy during Ramadan include providing advice on appropriate diet and on medical compliance among the Muslim population. In this article, I provide a personal perspective of why Muslims fast and, as a Muslim pharmacist, what advice I consider may be appropriate for fasting customers both healthy and those on medication, such as diabetic patients
The observance of fasting during Ramadan constitutes one of the five pillars of Islam. The experience of fasting is intended to teach Muslims self-discipline and self-restraint, and understand a little of the plight of the less privileged (e.g., the hungry, thirsty and the poor). Furthermore, Ramadan fasting is not just about disciplining the body to refrain from eating and drinking from predawn until sunset but is also about exerting control over the mind. This involves restraining anger, doing good deeds, exercising personal discipline, and preparing oneself to serve as a good Muslim and a good person. Ramadan is a month of peace and love in which individuals are encouraged to bury differences, to forget and forgive and to renew both human and spiritual relationships. Therefore, it contributes to the overall principle of making the individual more humane, more considerate and generally a more responsible member of society. In this way, the month of Ramadan ultimately benefits society not just the individual. It does this, in part, by setting a standard for behaviour not only in this month but during the rest of the year and, indeed, every year of a Muslim’s life. These principal tenets of Ramadan are important when considering our intentions and subsequent actions during this spiritual month, including those pertaining to the health of the individual. Read more…