Once in a lifetime, Hajj and `Umrah are decreed for those who can afford it. Pilgrimage commemorates Abraham's exemplary submission to God (Appendix 9), and must be observed during the four Sacred Months - Zul-Hijjah, Muharram, Safar, & Rabi` I (12th, 1st, 2nd, 3rd months) (2:197; 9:2, 36). `Umrah can be observed any time. Like all other duties in Islam, Hajj … Continue reading Labbayk

Extravagant Zakat?

Recently there was an argument that Zakat could not possibly be 2.5%, because of the following verse: [17:26] You shall give the due alms to the relatives, the needy, the poor, and the traveling alien, but do not be excessive, extravagant. (٢٦) وَآتِ ذَا الْقُرْبَىٰ حَقَّهُ وَالْمِسْكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ وَلَا تُبَذِّرْ تَبْذِيرًا The argument states, that if … Continue reading Extravagant Zakat?

Preservation of the Quran Past and Future

God promises in the Quran, that He will guard and preserve the Quran. [15:9] Absolutely, we have revealed the reminder, and, absolutely, we will preserve it. (٩) إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ The misunderstanding individuals have from this verse is that they think it is physically impossible for anyone to tamper with the ink and … Continue reading Preservation of the Quran Past and Future

Muhammad: The Importance of Literacy

According to the Quran, the most abominable act in the sight of God is for someone to say what they do not do. [61:2] O you who believe, why do you say what you do not do?[61:3] Most abominable in the sight of GOD is that you say what you do not do. (٦١:٢) يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لِمَ تَقُولُونَ مَا لَا تَفْعَلُونَ(٦١:٣) كَبُرَ مَقْتًا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ أَنْ تَقُولُوا مَا لَا تَفْعَلُونَ Yet, the upholders … Continue reading Muhammad: The Importance of Literacy

Abraham and the Fatehah

Abraham was the first person to be given the Salat and taught how to perform this sacred duty. [21:72] And we granted him (Abraham) Isaac and Jacob as a gift, and we made them both righteous. (٧٢) وَوَهَبْنَا لَهُ إِسْحَاقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ نَافِلَةً وَكُلًّا جَعَلْنَا صَالِحِينَ [21:73] We made them imams who guided in accordance with our commandments, and … Continue reading Abraham and the Fatehah

Gender Babel

In Sura 2 verse 102 we learn about certain knowledge that was passed down since the time of Babel by two angels Haroot and Maroot. [2:102] They pursued what the devils taught concerning Solomon's kingdom. Solomon, however, was not a disbeliever, but the devils were disbelievers. They taught the people sorcery, and that which was … Continue reading Gender Babel