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Psychological Blessings of Tarawih

Ramadan is the month of multiple blessings. It is the time of fasting and of extensive spiritual exercise. It is the time when we change our everyday routine and set a new one: revolving around our religious duties more than around the worldly affairs. During Ramadan, Muslims make special effort to find time for recitation and study of the Holy Quran, for …

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Who Other Than God?

The scenes of the universe seen from a space shuttle orbiting the earth are breathtaking, but the most fascinating remains the scene of the earth suspended in empty space. “A scene that can never fade from memory,” a Russian astronaut narrates. “A sphere like those drawn in maps but is suspended in space. No one is holding it. All around …

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Purpose of life: Reason and revelation

What is the meaning and purpose of life?’ Throughout the ages, philosophers have considered it to be the most fundamental question. Scientists, historians, philosophers, writers, psychologists and the common man all wrestle with the question at some point in their lives. Is reason a sufficient guide? Why do we eat? Why do we sleep? Why do we work? The answers …

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Shariah Rulings on Smoking

Naissance of Tobacco Most likely, Mexicans were the first ones to know about tobacco – over 2500 years ago. A Spanish explorer brought the tobacco plant from Mexico to Spain during the reign of King Philip II. Towards the end of the sixteenth century, smoking became quite common all over Europe. It was through Europe that Africans and Asians learnt …

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Development of Embryo in the Qur’an and the Hadith

Studying the texts of the Qur’an and the Hadith, many scientists get amazed by the accurate scientific facts mentioned in them. Among those who were taken by surprise is Dr. Joe Leigh Simpson, Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Genecology, and Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. Professor Simpson insisted on verifying …

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Fasting, Ramadan and diabetes

Fasting is a personal choice. But in the case of diabetes patients, the decision isn’t to be taken lightly. Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, fasting can put you at a higher risk of hospitalisation resulting from low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia), or high blood sugar (hyperglycaemia). With Ramadan approaching, Muslims with diabetes are advised to take extra precautions …

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Thunder glorifies His praise

    Three billion thunders a year… a source of energy that moves at a speed of 96,000 km per hour and releases 30,000 degrees of heat. Have you ever thought how thunder, one of the most magnificent atmospheric incidents that Allah creates, is formed and how it is capable of releasing such a high amount of energy? During rainfall, …

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The Rapid Whitening of the Hair Described in the Qur’an Has Been Scientifically Proved

    ‘Stress and depression,’ the disease of the era, is not limited to psychological harm. It also manifests itself physically through various effects in the body. The main disorders associated with stress and depression are various mental diseases, substance abuse and dependence, sleeplessness, skin, stomach and blood pressure diseases, migraines, various diseases associated with the bones, renal imbalance, respiratory …

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Black holes: A manifestation of Allah’s name of Al-Hafiz

SURAH At-Tariq refers to a ‘piercing star’: “(I swear) by Heaven and the Tariq! And what will convey to you what the Tariq is? The Star Piercing (the darkness)!” (Qur’an, 86:1-3) The term used in the verse is ‘althaqibu,’ meaning piercing, opening a hole, penetrating and passing through, from the root ‘thaqaba,’ meaning ‘hole.’ The word used in scientific publications …

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Reflections on the Beginning and the End

It is We who have created you: will you not believe? Consider the semen you discharge: do you create it, or are We the Creator? We have decreed that death shall be among you. Nothing can prevent Us from replacing you by others like yourselves or bringing you into being anew in a way unknown to you. You have learned …

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