Mutual Consultation

  Often a person has to make a decision pertaining to some aspect or the other. The more serious the matter, the more difficult it becomes to make the decision. According to the advice of the Qur’an and Hadith, such important decisions should never be made without prior consultation. Allah Ta’ala declares in the Glorious Qur’an regarding the Believers: “And their matters are (decided) in mutual consultation” [Surah Shura:38]. Even Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was commanded by Allah Ta’ala to consult the Sahaba (radhiallahu anhum) in such matters of importance wherein no divine instruction had been given.   BENEFIT OF MASHWARA It is reported from Ibn Umar (radhiallahu anhu) that

The First Food of this World: Mother’s Milk

  …..’The importance of this recent discovery was revealed to us 14 centuries ago’…..   From the moment a baby opens its eyes to this world, its body must adapt to a new life. Every factor to facilitate this adaptation has been put into effect during and after the pregnancy. The clearest example of this is the stage of the formation of mother’s milk. The formation of the milk is provided by the mother’s hormones. The production of milk is connected basically to a hormone called “prolactin” produced by the anterior pituitary gland in the brain. During pregnancy, the progesterone and the oestrogen hormones produced by the placenta prevent prolactin

Spending and Begging

  SPENDING If you spend (to help others), O son of Adam! I [God] shall spend on you. (Bukhari, Muslim).  It is better for a man to give a dirham as Sadqa during his lifetime than to give a hundred at the time of his death. (Abu Dawud).  Do not consider any act of kindness insignificant, even meeting your brother with a cheerful face. (Muslim).  Sadqa given to a poor man is just Sadqa, but when given to a relative it serves a double purpose, being both Sadqa and a connecting link.(Ahmad, Tirmidhi, Nasai, Ibn Majah, Darimi). Begging  He who begs the property of others to increase his own is

A VOICE BEHIND A VEIL

    By Khadijah Natalie Arbee   I am a muslim women. I wear the niqaab (face veil). I’m one of those to whom the new law in France would apply. I’m one of the ones being discussed by politicians, human rights groups and the media. I’m one of those whom many feel the need to liberate. I’m one of those you may think is oppressed. I’m one of those many of you detest the sight of… I’m one of those whom you may believe is uneducated; one of the ones you may think has no voice. But I do. So let me speak. I am not Arab, Asian or

CULTIVATING ONE’S CHARACTER

  ‘A believer plants a palm tree and fears that thorns will grow‘ We have to constantly search our behavior to insure its consistency with that of the believers. While walking in the market not so long ago, I happened to see a group of foreign Muslim sisters heading my way. Needless to say I was very happy, because it is not often that I run across other Muslim women when out and about. From the manners of giving the salams, I greeted them first. To my dismay, they all looked at me from the top of my khimar-clad head to where my Abaya (outer garment) pooled around my feet