The Other Doors

Our 4 year old son has some fairly serious health problems, so we are “frequent fliers” at the local children’s hospital. Two weeks ago, our son was there for several days having surgery. As stressful as that was for us, my visits to that hospital almost always leave me feeling grateful. Why? Because of “the other doors.” As I walk the corridors of that hospital, I pass doors leading to many different departments. I pass the department where surgeons reconstruct children’s faces. I pass the department where specialists treat children who have been tragically burned. I pass the department where children with cancer spend their childhoods battling a disease that

AMINAH ASSILMI – MY JOURNEY TO ISLAM

…’During the divorce, there was a time when I was told I could make a choice. I could renounce this religion and leave with my children, or renounce my children and leave with my religion…’ I was completing a degree in Recreation when I met my first Muslims. It was the first year that we had been able to pre-register by computer. I pre-registered and went to Oklahoma to take care of some family business. The business took longer than expected, so I returned to school two weeks into the semester (too late to drop a course). I wasn’t worried about catching up my missed work. I was sitting at the top of my

Ten Inspiring and Insightful Hadith on Charity in Islam

1️⃣ There Are Many Forms of Charity “ A charity is due for every joint in each person on every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity; a good word is a charity; and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim) 2️⃣ It Protects You from Calamity The Prophet, upon him be peace, said: “ Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Al-Tirmidhi) 3️⃣ It Protects You from Being Miserly Prophet Muhammad,

Virtues of Wudhu

Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: ‘I heard my loving friend, Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: The jewelery of a Mu’min (on the Day of Resurrection) will cover to the places where the water of ablution reaches. ’ (Muslim) Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: ‘ My Ummah will be called on the Day of Resurrection with their limbs and faces shining from traces of Wudu. So whoever amongst you can increase the area of his radiance should do so (i.e. by performing Wudu regularly)’. (Bukhari) ‘Uthmãn ibne-’Affãn Radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: ‘ Anyone who performs Wudu, and performs Wudu

How to Clean the Heart

The sin of malice and discord is serious. Even on auspicious occasions despite Allah Ta’ala’s abundant mercy, we always find one particular class of people that are deprived; those who harbour ill-feelings in their hearts towards others. In addition to this, some narrations state that such people’s salah is not accepted by Allah. (At-Targheeb, vol.3 pgs.455-462) Hereunder are a few prescriptions (from the hadith and advice of seniors) to remove ill-feelings from the heart: 1️⃣ Recite the following ayah in abundance: “ Rabbanagh fir lana wa li ikhwaninal lazheena sabaquna bil iman, wala taj’al fee quloobina ghillal lillazheena amanu Rabbana innaka Raoofur Raheem” (Surah: 59 Ayah: 10) 2️⃣ Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi