Zakat

Zakat, as translated from Arabic, means growth, multiplicity, or increase. The word ‘zakat’ also carries the meanings of fertility, purification, and full of blessings (baraqah). The foundation of Islam is held up by the five pillars and zakat is the third pillar. It refers to the determined share of wealth prescribed by Allah Almighty to be distributed to the eight groups of beneficiaries (asnaf). It is a form of worship (ibadah) in terms of wealth. As symbol of Islamic social justice, zakat cleanses your soul, purifies or grows your wealth, and is a socioreligious tool to help eradicate poverty in a community or society. Zakat is also a spiritual bridge… Read More

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Laylatul Qodr

ramadan #laylatul-qodr Muslims hold the night of Laylatul Qadr in great significance because, according to Islamic beliefs, this night is when the holy book of Quran was first revealed to the world. As legends go, it was on Laylatul Qadr when Quran was first sent down from heaven to Prophet Mohammad through angel Jibreel. Called by several other names such as ‘Night of Measures’, ‘Night of Decree’, ‘Night of Value’, and ‘Night of Power’, this event is considered very sacred in Islamic traditions. It is believed that this night brings blessings and mercy from Allah and is the occasion when past sins are forgiven. The exact day and date of… Read More

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Battle of Badr

ramadan #badr Ramadan is a special month for us all for many different reasons. This month helps us grow into our worship and gives us the best opportunity to develop our relationship with Allah SWT. There have been some significant events that have occurred during this holy month, such as: The Quran was revealed. As Allah mentions in Surah Al-Baqarah, Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed. “The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion.” (Quran 2:185). The Battle of Badr The Battle of Badr took place on the 17th of… Read More

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Elephant Army

Several miraculous incidents took place before the mission of Prophet Muhammad . One of the most important incidents that occurred before the birth of the Prophet was the attempt of Abrahah the Abyssinian to destroy the Ka‘bah. This incident is mentioned in the Quran [Quran, 105:1-5] Books of Seerah (the Prophet’s biography) mention that Abrahah Al-Habashi was the viceroy to An-Najaashi (Negus, King of Abyssinia) in Yemen. Abrahah saw that the Arabs venerated the Ka‘bah and went on pilgrimage to it. He became envious and built a big church in Sana’a so that the Arabs would perform pilgrimage to it. Having heard about that, a man from Banu Kinaanah entered… Read More

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Arabic Grammar (نحو)

ramadan #nahw When we learn a language as adults, it is like learning any other skill. You need tools and practice. The tools of language are the grammar rules. We need to have sufficient and consistent exposure to these tools to internalize their correct usage. Enough practice and consistent exposure changes our knowledge of these rules from conscious into spontaneous. Arabic can be difficult if it’s taught as a series of disconnected Arabic grammar rules with too much emphasis on rote memorization. Especially early on this can lead to overwhelm and it’s the main reason students quit. However, if the core of how the language works is taught first by… Read More

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