A MESSAGE OF HOPE FOR MOMS
It’s the start of a new school year! These words somehow have the power to raise mom’s stress levels and send her into a spinning frenzy. But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be like this? Here are five tips to turn that stress into feelings of hope and renewal, and the end of the summer anxiety into a fresh new start.
5 simple things to invite blessings into our daily lives
A Muslim is constantly in a state of ibadah (worship) if they act and behave in a manner pleasing to Allah. From taking care of the daily prayers to treating others kindly, everything is a form of ibadah when done with the right intention.
We all want our lives to be filled with Allah’s blessings and mercy. Generally, people have the perception that for an act to be considered as ibadah, it has to be something big and substantial or something that requires a lot of effort. While significant acts of worship, such as pilgrimage, fasting, voluntary prayers, etc., are of great value, we often ignore the smaller and simpler acts that also come into the folds of ibadah. Making them a part of our lifestyle and daily routine ensures that we are always connected to the roots of our deen.
How learning Arabic can unlock the treasures of The Qur’an
The first word revealed to the Prophet (pbuh) as part of wahi was ’iqra’ which in Arabic means ‘to read’. The Prophet (pbuh) was not literate and thus replied to the messenger angel Jibra’eel (A.S) that he couldn’t read. The events that followed marked the beginning of the history of Islam. Over the course of approximately 23 years, The Noble Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet (pbuh) in the Arabic language which was secured in his heart. He taught it to the noble companions and transformed their lives.
Allah says in The Qur’an:
“It is He who has sent among the unlettered [Arabs] a Messenger from themselves reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book [i.e., the Qur’ān] and wisdom [i.e., the sunnah] - although they were before in clear error”
(Al-Qur’an, Al-Jumu’ah: 02)
How to build and maintain a connection with Allah
The world we live in is all about connecting. Throughout the day, we are connecting with friends, with family, with distant relatives, and with people in general. We have become a global community because it is so easy to get in touch with people even a thousand miles away with just a click or a call. But the most important connection that we should focus on establishing is with Allah, Who is our Creator and Lord.
Allah created us for a purpose, which is to worship Him and do good deeds to please Him. Our life on this earth is a test, and we are here to strive to do as much good as possible so that we can secure a place in Jannah. To help us pass this test, Allah gave us a guide, The Holy Qur’an, which doesn’t just tell us the correct way of life, but also provides comfort and relief to a Muslim. Every Muslim can feel the connection with Allah when they follow His commands, as it is through these commands that we submit ourselves to Allah.
Why the knowledge of tajweed is essential for every Muslim
The Holy Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in Arabic, which is a comprehensive and extensive language that best explains the messages Allah wanted to convey to mankind. Allah says in the Qur’an:
“Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’ān that you might understand.”
(Surah Yusuf, verse: 2)
The linguistic style and mannerism of the Qur’an were suitable to the people of pre-Islamic Arabia, as the prophet’s first task was to reform and purify the society that was engulfed in sins and wrongdoings.