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Love: A Necessity of Faith

Love, and all that it entails- compassion, empathy, tenderness, etc.- is an essential part of an Islamic way of life that we sometimes overlook.

And there are many different ways we should be experiencing this love in Islam.

Love for God

The love for God is the love we should be seeking first and always.

We cannot offer love to others when our own hearts are empty.

So we must first fill our hearts with the source of love-God.

To love God we must first get to know Him...

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The Foundation of Islamic Ethics

Morals can either be classified as secular or religious. Secular morality tries to establish a moral system that is independent of God and religious faiths. In terms of motives for morality, various explanations have been given.

One explanation is that people are ethical in pursuit of happiness or perfection. Another suggests that pressure by political power or social means forces people to follow a certain code of conduct. Yet another explanation is that a feeling of duty makes people moral...

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Consideration for Neighbors

The religion of Islam, as taught to us by Prophet Muhammad, urges kind and considerate treatment towards our neighbors. 

They deserve our respect and good treatment regardless of their religion, race or color. 

In a saying narrated by Aisha[1], a wife of Prophet Muhammad, it is reported that the angel Gabriel insisted that Prophet Muhammad understand the importance of the good treatment of neighbors. 

Prophet Muhammad said that at one stage he thought the angel Gabriel would bestow inheritance rights on neighbors; such was his insistence on their kind and fair treatment...


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The Importance of Generosity in Islam

As humans, we have an innate sense of morality. 

No matter what religion, race or colour we are, certain qualities serve as the moral standard. 

We admire justice, bravery, honesty and compassion. 

We abhor those who demonstrate treachery, cruelty or corruption. 

Moral standards are universal, and one of the most important aspects of Islam is adherence to high moral standards and good manners. 

Prophet Muhammad. May the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, taught Muslims to have the best manners and personal characteristics. 

The Prophet’s own high standard of morals and manners made him the best example for Muslims to follow.  God said in the Quran:

“And verily you, O Muhammad, are on an exalted standard of character.” (Quran 68:4)

Generosity was among the countless good qualities of the Prophet Muhammad.  He was the most generous of people...

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The Importance of Humility in Islam

God created human beings to worship Him and a practising Muslim in, essence, should be able to worship God in every second, of every hour of every day. 

Islam is a way of life and it means nothing more, or less, than submission to the One God.

“And I (God) created not the jinn and humans except they should worship Me Alone.” (Quran 51:56)

The concept of God in Islam describes Him as the most Merciful and the most Loving and whatever He prescribes for humankind is in the best interest of humankind. 

Submission to the will of God is a pathway to purity, to peace and ultimately to Paradise...



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Speak a good word or remain silent

A beautiful advice by Prophet Muhammad regarding using the tongue wisely and showing kindness to neighbors and guests.

Abu Hurayrah relates that God’s Messenger, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said:

“Whoever believes in God and the Last Day should speak a good word or remain silent. 

And whoever believes in God and the Last Day should show hospitality to his neighbor. 

And whoever believes in God and the Last Day should show hospitality to his guest.”

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Seeking Good Companionship

The Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, often spoke to his companions about the value of good companionship. 

He emphasized the need to surround ourselves with good people. 

People who hold the same values and beliefs that we do, make the best friends and companions. 

Differences of opinion, different lifestyles and interests may make our friendships interesting and sometimes challenging but if the core value system is not the same the friendship itself probably has no solid foundation...

http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/4238/seeking-good-companions/


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Keeping God in the Heart

One must understand this world in the context of Monotheism (Belief in the Oneness of God). 

The message of the prophets is simple: People were created to worship God alone. 

The God of Islam is a Loving Beloved God (al-Wadud), a Compassionate God (ar-Rahman), a personal God who showers those who adhere to His way in life with love (al-Wali), intimate relationship with whom is based on surrender, remembrance, yearning, and polishing of the heart. 

God does not need our praises and worship.  He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Sovereign, and the Sustainer of everything in the whole universe.

Certainly some people remembering Him on a lonely planet in an endless vast expanse of space filled with billions of galaxies is not going to benefit Him in any way, nor will it increase His Kingdom even by an atom’s weight...

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Tips to Develop Ithar (Selflessness)

Itahr, or selflessness, is one of the noble qualities emphasized in Islam.

One who is selfless places concern for others above concern for himself.

The selfless person is generous with his time and freely lends aid and support to others.

The opposite of selflessness is selfishness, which involves being concerned with one’s own well-being without regard for the well-being of others.

One who is selfish is stingy—with both his wealth and his self—and views lending support to others as a burden.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) reminded the believers of the noble quality of selflessness when he said:

None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother, what he loves for himself (Bukhari and Muslim)

The noble companions, keen to heed the advice of the Messenger, exemplified selflessness...

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Don't Judge Others

One of the great errors we make as human beings is judging others in the mistaken belief that we are somehow better, forgetting that any good in us is purely a mercy from God Most High, and that if left to our selves, our own egos, we would be as oppressive as any.

In this short video, I remind that in al-Islam, our primary duty is the cleansing and purification of our own selves, and that we must leave judgement to the One, Allah Ta'ala.


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The Good Manners of the Prophet Muhammad

Letting the eldest among the attendants speak:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) would let the eldest be the first to speak among the attendants, out of honoring them, preserving their position and acknowledging their rank among other people...

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Ihsan – The Shortest Way to Allah

Being a Muhsin, whether you are a father, a teacher, a professor, a lawyer or a doctor, means that you are upright, honest, true-hearted and nice.

And by this characteristic you are setting a good example for those who are training at your office (if you were a lawyer), for your children (if you were a father), for your students (if you were a teacher) and for your deputy and employees (if you are a general manager).

Hence, every Muhsin will be a good example and accordingly he will have a double reward, one for his noble characteristics and the other one for those who follow his steps...

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10 Pieces of Advice Luqman (the Wise) Gave to His Son

The wise man, known as Luqman, gave 10 pieces of advice to his son. Advice that is applicable now and can be followed and used by any parent wanting to raise a child in the light of Islam.

It is said that if all parents implemented Luqman’s advice then there would be no need to worry about the fate of the children in the Hereafter because they have been shown the path that leads to Paradise...

Luqman advises his son to pray perfectly, enjoin good and forbid evil and then recommends patience when dealing with people for this purpose and in all matters. Remembering God and contemplating His greatness is the key to patience, and patience is a key to Paradise everlasting, therefore this was a wise advice indeed...

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Purity of Intentions

The Arabic term ikhlas literally means purity, which is used in the Quran to refer to various things. For example, a verse mentions the purity of milk: {We produce, for your drink, milk, pure and agreeable to those who drink it} (16:66)

Purity in this verse refers to something that is natural, pure, wholesome, and not mixed with anything else. The Quran also uses the term ikhlas to refer to the purity of faith and belief, where a short but crucial chapter in the Quran named Al-Ikhlas (purity), says what means:

{Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him.} (112)

This chapter was named Al-Ikhlas to refer to the purification of the belief in God from any form of polytheism, whether by worshiping some other deity instead of God, worshiping a deity alongside God, or regarding objects or persons that God created as intercessors between God and man.

Another meaning of purity is the sincerity of intention behind any action or behavior. Islam regards the motives behind what people say or do as essential and that these motives should always be to pursue the pleasure, approval, and satisfaction of God...

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