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When Islam Was a Model of Tolerance for Europe

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Imam Messages

11th of May 2018

When Islam Was a Model of Tolerance for Europe

 “Let the Muslim be my master in outward things rather than the Latin dominate me in matters of the spirit. For if I am subject to the Muslim, at least he will not force me to share his faith. But if I have to be under Frankish rule and united with the Roman Church, I […]


A Life of Trivialities

  A Life of Trivialities Brothers and Sisters, Allah (SWT) states, “Know that the life of this world is but a play, a passing delight, a beautiful show, a cause of boasting among you and quest for more riches and children. It is like the rain that causes the plants to grow, and this gives delight […]


Keys to Enliven Your Salah, Part 6

Understanding Sujud (Prostration To revive our prayer, we need to recognize the spiritual and moral implications of what we do and say during Salah. Failing to recognize the meaning of what we say and do will turn our Salah into a series of machine-like movements that do not lead to spiritual maturity or moral growth. […]


Keys to Enliven Your Salah, Part 4

Creating a Quiet Environment  As I was visiting a patient in hospital, the afternoon prayer was due. Praying close to one of the corners of the room, I was interrupted by a nurse giving her instructions to the patient in a fairly loud voice. Noticing that I was praying, she regretfully kept apologizing and kindly […]


Keys to Enliven Your Salah, Part Three

Observing how Muslims offer their Salah, one can easily notice that they correctly stand, bow, prostrate and sit. However, some may miss an essential part of prayer, without which Salah is not valid; that is, “Tuma’neenah.” What is “Tuma’neenah”? It basically means praying so calmly that you do not connect two movements together and that […]


Keys to Enliven Your Salah, Part 2

In the first section, we recognized the concept of Munajah (intimate conversations) with Allah U and how it permeated throughout the Prophet’s Salah. In this section, we will learn, through the recitation of al-Fatihah, that Salah is not one way conversation; rather, it is an actual conversation between us and Allah U. Abu Hurayrahtsaid: I […]


Keys to Enliven Your Salah, Part 1

  Have you ever felt that your performance in salat was reduced to mumbled words? Or that mindfulness and connectedness was absent during your prayer? Well, you are not alone! Many people express the same concerns and desire to experience more meaningfulness during salat which supports their spiritual growth. The goal of this series is […]


Ramadan – the Fasting Month

Blessed Ramadan – the Fasting Month by Sh. Kifah Mustapha Introduction: Ramadan is the ninth month in our lunar calendar. The origin of this word is (Ra-ma-doo رَمَضُ) which means in the Arabic language: “intense or extreme heat.”[1] “When the names of months were copied from the old language, it coincided that Ramadan was in […]


Three Disciplines for Nurturing Istiqamah

Imagine a person dedicating an entire month accumulating a large amount of money tirelessly and suddenly throwing it away! How would you view that person? Unfortunately, this is the condition of many people who earnestly worship Allah ﷻ during Ramadan and turn to sin or neglecting their religious duties after Ramadan. The Quran illustrates this […]


What is Fasting?

What is Fasting? Fasting is called sawm in the Qur’an. The word sawm literally means “to abstain”. According to Shari ‘ah, the word sawm means to abstain from all those things that are forbidden during fasting from the break of dawn to the sunset, and to do this with the intention of fasting. Purpose of […]