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Spirituality 25 Min Read

Three Types of Hearts

Because the heart is described as possessing life or death, it is classified into three types: The First: The Correct and Sound Heart. This is the truthful and secure (salīm) heart; the only type of heart that its owner can bring to Allāh which will rescue him on the Day

Spirituality 3 Min Read

Assess Yourself!

Tuba for the person who wants to be just to himself for the sake of His Lord and recognises his ignorance, the great deficiency in his actions, his own shortcomings, his transgression of His rights, and his oppression in his daily affairs. Hence, if Allāh takes him to account for

Spirituality 15 Min Read

Duality and Balance – Musings of a Muslim Scientist

“And of everything we have created pairs that you may be mindful” Words fail me when I attempt to describe the impact this verse of the Qur’ān alone has had on my thoughts in the past few months.  I have pondered it whilst standing, sitting and laying down and yet

Spirituality 3 Min Read

Tears of a Generation Long Gone

Very few things can compare with thumbing through pages filled with accounts of the blessed early generations of Islām. Generations for whom a gathering, an incident, a scene or anything seen with the eyes, heard by the ears, or felt by the skin could be turned into a heart shaking

General Islamic Thought Propagation Spirituality 6 Min Read

A Good Death

 ‘O you who believe, fear Allāh as He should be feared and die not except as Muslims’ In this address, the order to fear Allāh and die as a Muslim is directed, not simply to non-Muslims and Muslims, but rather to the Believers, thus showing the great importance Islām places,

Spirituality 10 Min Read

The Tool of the Unwearied Believers

The Imām, the jurist, traditionalist, ascetic, indeed polymath, Ibn Al Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, wrote on patience: Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) has made patience a race horse that never falters or stumbles, a sword that never loses its sharpness, a vanquishing army that is never defeated, and a fortified stronghold that never breaks and

Spirituality 3 Min Read

Beware of Suspicion

Abū Hurairah (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) said that the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said: "Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the greatest falsehood. Do not try to find fault with one another, do not spy on one another, do not vie with one another, do not envy

Scripture 14 Min Read

Turning to the Qur’an in Times of Tribulation

The murder of a family member causes great unrest in one's heart. And indeed the death of a small animal is sufficient for an individual to remember the return to their Lord. Upon the idea of the creation of mankind, the Angels were disturbed because of the potential level of

Spirituality 5 Min Read

Linking Repentance to the Need for Allah

This article is part of a free translation of al-Iftqar ila Allah, Lubb al-‘Ubudiyyah by Ahmad al-Suwayan. Following on from the previous article which details the veneration that believers should have for divine commandments. One of the best explanations of repentance is one offered by al-Ghazālī, ‘It is a fire raging in

Spirituality 7 Min Read

Leniency and Consulting the Heart

We give ourselves little time or opportunity to reflect upon our state and our relationship with our Creator.  Entangled as we are in the rigmarole of daily life, we deny our souls the sustenance they need, of reflection, of remembrance, and of being in seclusion before our Creator. We are