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  • Here, Hereafter, and Surah Ghashiyah

    by Raiiq Ridwan  | Have you heard tell about the Overwhelming Event? On that Day, there will be downcast faces, toiling and weary, as they enter the blazing Fire and are forced to drink from a boiling spring, with no food for them except bitter dry thorns that neither nourish nor satisfy hunger. Among the Surahs that

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  • Understanding Privacy in Islam [Learn Quran Using TPI]

    By Tabassum Mosleh | “Mom, why don’t you ever knock on my door before entering?” This is a common complaint of teenagers – that their privacy is not respected by elders, especially their parents and siblings. The opposite is also true; children sometimes don’t really understand that their parents need privacy too, and don’t think twice while walking into our

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  • Why Am I So Sad? And What Does the Quran Say About My Tears?

      Groundbreaking psychiatrist Michael Bennett has a sign on his wall that says, “No Whining.” He confesses to being sometimes obliged to take it down from the wall and wave it in a patient’s face. Contrary to the long-prevailing wisdom, Bennett believes that dwelling on problems by talking about them endlessly is the worst way to deal with the pain

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  • Reading Quran Daily: 4 Mental Blocks that Prevent Your Devotional Exercise

    If you’ve tried to make a habit of reading the Quran regularly, you’ll probably have experienced this. There are periods of time when you just don’t feel like doing it. It also happens to beginners of Quranic studies, be it tajweed or Arabic. Sometimes we can’t even figure out the reason behind this block. So here are some causes that

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  • 5 Easy Android Apps for the Student of the Quran to Download

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. Studying the Quran has become so easy nowadays that it’s almost a crime not to utilize these opportunities. Here are a few Android apps which are useful aids for students of the Quran. Quran Android This seems an obvious app to have. But in fact there are several choices of Quran apps, and I have found this

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  • The Surat of the Bee: 6 Quranic Teachings on the Nature of Righteous Work

    And your Lord inspired to the bee, Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and that which they construct. Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down . There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in

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  • The Goals of the Shariah [Quranic Arabic Course at UQA]

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. There is a branch of Islamic sciences known as the Maqasid al-Shariah (the goals of Islamic Law). The objective of this subject is to study the whys behind Islamic rulings. Why were the five daily prayers legislated? What is the wisdom behind the punishment of cutting the thief’s hand? These and many other questions are answered by

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  • 10 Lessons from Jesus

    Jesus (peace be upon him) was among the five greatest messengers sent to humanity- collectively called the Ulul’ Azm. He was the last messenger before our Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). According to Imam as-Suyuti, he is also counted as the greatest of the Sahabah. This is because he was raised up alive. Therefore, when the Prophet

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  • Inshaa Allah in the Quran

    Allah knows best. That is one of the conclusions we can draw from the story of the People of the Cave (the first story narrated in the surah al-Kahf). For a long time, the People of the Book have debated regarding these people: How many were they? How long did they stay in the Cave? Here is the gist of

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  • 10 Lessons from the Mother of Jesus

    Over the Christmas season there were lots of discussions about how the beliefs about Jesus (peace be upon him) differ between Christianity and Islam. That is indeed a very important discussion and one that needs to happen. However, through that sometimes we miss out on what lessons the life of Jesus (peace be upon him) can teach us. This series

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  • Gain Paradise For This Morning Supplication

    Can you imagine the Prophet (salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) himself taking your hand and gently guiding you into the everlasting gardens of Paradise? This amazing reward can be yours. All you need to do is proclaim your happiness with Islam in the morning, using a supplication which will take you less than ten seconds! The Prophet (salallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam)

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  • Psychology in the Quran: A Call to Meaning, Peace, and Happiness

    Of course it’s clear that “psychology” (the study of the mind) as a field of academic inquiry wasn’t even a word when the Message was given. But other fields of study, including philosophy, theology, and natural sciences, often included explorations of the mind, and needless to say, as any teachings related to humanity require some commentary on the condition of

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  • Never Give Up on the Ummah

    . . . never give up hope of Allah’s soothing Mercy: Truly none despairs of Allah’s soothing Mercy except those who have no faith. There are times when we look at what the world is like and feel so depressed, sometimes depressed to the point where we might even lose the will to live, especially when we look

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  • Is the Zodiac Acceptable According to the Quran?

      You’re browsing your local newspaper and reach the zodiac page. Would it do any harm to take a wee peak at your horoscope for today? You’ve just met someone new, and in an effort to get to know you better, they ask, “What’s your sign?” How do you respond? The word “zodiac” has different meanings depending on the field:

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  • What Does the Quran Tell Us About the Period of Youth?

    At the time when the Message was given, there was no period of adolescense as we know it. Businesses were not developing marketing products strictly to teenagers, and there were no psychologists explaining adolescence or young adulthood as stages of development. Young people were singled out as a distinct segment of society; as soon as you hit your teens, sometimes

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