Chapter 6

Sharpen the mind, harden the body, soften the heart and be of service to the religion.

Allah instructs the believers “So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers.” (3:139)

This verse came down after a defeat and serves to remind Muslims not to feel overwhelmed by temporary setbacks or apparent failures.

And say, “My Lord! Grant me an honourable entrance and an honourable exit and give me a supporting authority from Yourself.” (17:80)

This verse was revealed when the Prophet (ﷺ) received the order to migrate from Mecca…

Chapter 30

True accomplishment lies in the obedience to the Creator.

Anybody who says “I’m more spiritual than religious” is highly likely to be neither. This phrase essentially divorces God and religion from spirituality, and thereby secularises the idea of the Divine into abstraction.

The perceived highs, ‘deep thoughts’, and abstract spiritual mantras cannot and will not last unless one has a holistic system of living to supports one’s growth into a practical way of life.

The aim of taking a spiritual path is not to feel good or to taste happiness. In fact, the process will bring you realisations that invite…

Chapter 26

Who gets to dictate what is right and wrong?

People often succumb to “conventional wisdom” and conform to societal norms even though they may be wrong.

Corruption is Inevitable When There is no Guidance to Keep Humanity in Check

The desire for humans to exceed the limits is unceasing, which is why our Creator put limits on our behaviour. Without Allah legislating the boundaries, people in power will invariably write laws that reflect their own interests. It therefore comes as no surprise that the rules are rigged in their favour.

A remark often attributed to Galbraith is, “Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite.” …

Chapter 34

Qadr is beyond the realm of human intelligence and it would be arrogant to presume that we should comprehend it.

The Qur’ān asserts that the role of Messengers is to guide mankind to choose Truth over falsehood, to warn them of the consequences of turning away from Allāh’s religion, and to inspire them to strive for a place in paradise. Allāh says: ‘Messengers bringing good news and giving warning, so that people will have no argument against Allāh after the coming of the Messengers. Allāh is Almighty, All-Wise.

If one focuses on certain aspects of the textual evidences, or perceives…

Chapter 11

Examine your relationship with Allah.

The virtue of relying on Allah is mentioned and highly praised in many Quranic verses and what is mentioned frequently in the Quran is of profound significance and takes high priority.

Musa was homeless, jobless, and alone in a strange town, he helped two women chivalrously without expecting any favours in return. He then withdrew under a tree to sincerely call to His Lord for help.“… ‘My Lord! Truly, I am in need of whatever good that You bestow on me!’” (28:24)

At such a sincere display of pure trust, his Lord responded to his…

Chapter 33

“I am as My slave thinks I am…” (Bukhari)

Your relationship with your creator and the connection you maintain with Him, is greatly influenced by what you think of Him and how you believe He sees you.

Allāh never fails in His promise, and should we assume otherwise our belief in Allāh requires revisiting urgently. He has promised to give support to the believers, to replace the one who leaves a prohibited matter for Allāh’s sake with something better, to aid those who rely upon Him, and so on. One of the many promises of Allāh is:

“And your Lord…

Chapter 32

The life and character of the Prophet ﷺ represents the pinnacle of human dignity, decency and greatness.

The Prophet ﷺ could not read or write, yet Alphonse de La Martaine writes: “This man moved not only armies, legislations, empires, peoples, dynasties, but millions of men in one-third of the then inhabited world; and more than that, he moved the altars, the gods, the religions, the ideas, the beliefs and the souls. Philosopher, Orator, Apostle, Legislator, Conqueror of Ideas, Restorer of Rational beliefs… The founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire — that is Muhammad. …

Chapter 31

Ask for it. Then act for it.

Dua can change what might seem logically impossible.

Along each day’s route, Islam designated five gracious pauses for Allah, distributed at specific times throughout the day, during which mankind is directed to meet their Lord, open their hearts, and speak their minds to Him. These regular intervals enable the Muslim to take stock, review and prioritise what is important and what isn’t.

Prayer helps us to put into words exactly what is troubling us. It is almost impossible to deal with a problem while it remains vague and nebulous. Sometimes our worries are so intimate that we cannot discuss them…

Chapter 29

“What use to be something that burned in the hearts of men, is now a subject of abstract philosophical debate” ~ Muhammad Iqbal

Every literary masterpiece in history has required at least one attempt at revision and improvement, and yet the Qur’an was never “edited” and remained unchanged over the span of twenty-three years (and since).

It is common knowledge that any literary excellence requires an entire process of editing and revision and any sophisticated masterpiece is not simply produced all at once by someone with no knowledge of rhetoric.

However, this is the case with the Qur’an, which was…

Chapter 28

The creation suffices as evidence for the Creator.

For eons, forgotten losers of old have levelled abuse at the Divine and His notable representatives on Earth, not least of all at the Prophets of God. They are like sloths who spit at the sun: dirtied by their own splutter.

It is undoubtedly clear that the champions of paltry ideologies that reduce man to a measly composition and movement of chemical compounds cannot salvage their philosophical wreckage except by scorning those who know life’s greater purpose.

Contemplate for a moment

Look at a building and a person thinks of the architect, at a sculpture and…

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