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How to Be a VIP on the Day of Judgment:

Be one of the 7 Shaded by Allah on the Hottest Day Ever Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Allah will cover seven people with His shade, on the Day when there will be no shade but His: a just ruler, a youth who has grown up in the worship of Allah, a …

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A New Year.. All Ways Lead to Forgiveness

A new hijri year is  here; a great chance to start afresh and to turn over a new leaf. You may have missed some of the blessed seasons last year; perhaps you did not do well during the past Ramadan or Dhul-Hijjah 10 days. Many of us certainly feel sad about that. It is painful, indeed, to feel that there is …

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Nigerian Movie Star: Islam Has Changed Me

LAGOS – Four years after converting to Islam, Nigerian screen diva Lizzy Anjorin has stressed that Islam has changed her life to the best, adding that her decision to accept Islam has positively modified the way she dresses. “I’m a private person and people don’t know much about me. If you check my Instagram page, you would see that my …

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Are you struggling today?

As the scorching sun beat down on the sand, an exhausted man turned and began to walk away from his family. His shocked wife called out to him, asking where he was going. The man did not reply. Clutching their baby in her arms, she desperately asked: “Is this what your Lord has ordered?” What is precious to you? Setting …

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Hijrah: Why Muslim Countries Should Welcome Immigrants

Three hundred million Muslims – one-fifth of the Ummah’s population – live as minorities today. The challenges they face in an increasingly hostile world are largely incomprehensible to those living in Muslim majority countries. To be clear, each country differs in its politics, and it would be incorrect to assume that hostility exists in every country. Nevertheless, one cannot ignore …

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Turning to God in tough times

Many of us have experienced, are experiencing or will experience difficult moments that make us wonder whether there is any hope for our future. These moments rock the foundations of our inner selves. They can throw us into abysses of doubt and devastate our self-esteem, nearly obliterating our sense of hope for a life that we dreamed of. These moments …

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Woman of Courage: Lessons from the story of Hajar

Muslims from all around the world flock to Makkah to perform Umrah and Hajj every year although many centuries back, you would not find a single person in the lonely valley of Makkah. Surrounded by rock mountains and with a bed of sand for ground, it offered no vegetation and no water. Yet, this was about to change. The change …

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World’s Largest Umbrellas Shade Makkah Pilgrims

MAKKAH – World’s largest folding umbrella will be installed at the Grand Mosque’s courtyards and roof next year to protect pilgrims from sun and heat. The new huge umbrellas, the largest in the world, will cover 53×53 meters, Arab News reported on Thursday, August 24. The commander of the forces responsible for security at the mosque, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Ahmadi, …

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Maximizing Intentions for Hajj

As we approach the final month of the lunar calendar, the sacred month of Dhul-Hijjah, millions of Muslims around the world are preparing to embark on the most important journey of their lives – Ḥajj; the major pilgrimage to the blessed land of Makkah Al-Mukarramah. As previously mentioned regarding having multiple intentions whilst reciting the Qur’ān in Ramaḍān,  our beloved …

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Takbir on Dhul-Hijjah Days: What to Say and When?

First of all, it is important to note that takbir is permissible from the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah until the end of the 13th day. There are two types of takbir: unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted takbir starts from the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah until the days of `Eid, while restricted takbir is confined to the time after the obligatory Prayers. The transmitted wording of takbir is, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, la Ilaha illa Allah; Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, walillah al-hamd. (Allah is …

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