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  • Fighting Envy

      |by Tabassum Mosleh | (Please note that this story is fictional.) Maliha is lying in bed, her laptop resting on her lap. She hasn’t gone to work the last three days, spending the entire period lying around, browsing Facebook, eating chocolate bars, crying violently, or just staring at the ceiling for hours at a time. At thirty eight, Maliha

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  • How the Quran Helps Us Understand Allah

    One day, during a low point in my deen, I was making dua when I caught myself saying, “And help us to keep the commandments of Allah.” I immediately did a doubletake: If I was asking for help keeping the commandments of Allah, to whom was I praying? Shirk can take some pretty weird forms. We can’t let ourselves become

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  • Pause After Each Ayah in Surah Al-Fatihah!

    Surah Al-Fatihah is a dialogue between the abd (slave) and his Lord; it’s a conversation between you and Allah the Most High. There is a beautiful, thoughtful sunnah to revive to value this beautiful interaction! It is recommended for the one who prays to pause after each ayah when reciting Surah Al-Fatihah whether he or she is praying indivudally or

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  • The Prophet’s (sa) Care for Animals

    | by Tabassum Mosleh | Allah (swt) said, And the earth He laid for the creatures. Allah (swt) has made the world plain and balanced with firm mountains in order to make it stable and livable by all living creatures. And as human beings, it’s our responsibility to take care of and protect all other creatures, because

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  • Lesson from the Life of the Shaytan

    “Why does the shaytan always try and mess us up? Can’t he just do good deeds himself? All this energy he puts into our lives, he could have done so much good for himself!” This was a question one of my friends put to me a few days ago. My friend was going through a low imaan phase and struggling

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  • Donating Freely for the Sake of Allah | Learn Quran at UQA

    | By Tabassum Mosleh | Giving charity is one of the most rewarding of deeds, both in this world and the Hereafter. Allah (swt) says: The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies

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  • Forgetting to Live

    by Raiiq Ridwan And be not like those who forgot Allah and He caused them to forget their ownselves. Those are the rebellious. Surah Hashr is a very interesting Surah in the Quran. It is one of the Surahs that are considered the “Musabbihat—” Surahs which start with the Tasbeeh of Allah (there are six other Surahs that

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  • Stories Narrated by the Prophet | Learn Quranic Arabic at UQA

    By Tabassum Mosleh | Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. The Prophet (sa) sometimes narrated stories of previous people to the Companions. Of course, all these stories were facts and not made up, and the Prophet (sa) didn’t narrate them for entertainment but rather to learn lessons from them that we can apply to our own lives. Here are three stories narrated by

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  • 8 Quran-Based Attitudes Toward Dua

      What does the Quran teach us about dua? Apparently it’s not as simple as asking for a favour. The Message assumes that we approach dua with certain necessary attitudes— and that we leave it positively transformed. Let’s take a brief survey. Speak Only to the One Who Will Answer. It’s difficult for we mere humans to grasp, but the

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  • 3 Enlightening Stories from the Quran

    | By Tabassum Mosleh | Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. From among trillions and trillions of incidents that have occurred throughout human history, Allah (swt) picked just a few to narrate in the Quran. Obviously, these stories are special. Let us look at some of these stories and what lessons we might take from them. One day a man was passing through

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  • Marriage, Patience, and a Dua of the Prophet for Blessing| Understand Quran Academy

    | By Tabassum Mosleh | Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. Among the most inspiring female Companions of the Prophet (sa) was Rumaysa, nicknamed Umm Sulaym (ra). When Abu Talhah (ra) told her that he wanted to marry her, she said, “A man like you is not to be rejected, O Abu Talhah, but you are a disbeliever and I am a Muslim,

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  • Differences Among the Companions Regarding Meanings and Explanation of the Quran [Learn Tajweed in Hindi]

    | by Tabassum Mosleh | Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim.| They were the best of generations of this nation. They learned the Quran directly from the Prophet (sa). And yet they differed in explaining meanings of the verses. How come? Ibn Taymiyyah (ra) argues that there is little difference between the Companions of the Prophet (sa) regarding exegesis of the Quran. “Whenever

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  • Seeking Forgiveness the Sunnah Way

    Think about all the things that cause you distress, anxiety, and worries. Could there be something that might relieve you of it all? If so, what an incredible value it would have! The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and

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  • Violence in the Quran: Look at the Whole Forest, Not Just One Tree

    Quoting sacred verses out of context is one of the hallmarks of religious extremism. Why? Because isolating certain verses and separating them from the spirit in which they were said, their historical context, and the entire meaning of the book very often gives a verse or phrase a meaning that’s more suited to a terrorist agenda than to the truth.

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  • Why is Zakah So Often Linked With Prayer in the Quran?

    And establish prayer and give zakah and bow with those who bow .  The Saheeh English translation of the Quran contains 33 references to the word “zakah,” and 28 of them refer to those who establish prayer and give zakah. Clearly prayer and zakah are spiritually inseparable. To figure out why, let’s take a moment

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