“‘Do you really believe that God expects you to show Him your respect by repeated bowing and kneeling and prostration? Might it not be better only to look into oneself and to pray to Him in the stillness of one’s heart? Why all these movements of your body?’ As soon as I had uttered these words I felt remorse, for I had not intended to injure the old man’s religious feelings. But the hajji did not appear in the least offended. He smiled with his toothless mouth and replied: ‘How else then should we worship God? Did He not create both, soul and body, together? And this being so, should man not pray with his body as well as with his soul? Listen, I will tell you why we Muslims pray as we pray. We turn toward the Kaaba, God’s holy temple in Mecca, knowing that the faces of all Muslims, wherever they may be, are turned to it in prayer, and that we are like one body, with Him as the centre of our thoughts. First we stand upright and recite from the Holy Koran, remembering that it is His Word, given to man that he may be upright and steadfast in life. Then we say, “God is the Greatest,” reminding ourselves that no one deserves to be worshipped but Him; and bow down deep because we honour Him above all, and praise His power and glory. Thereafter we prostrate ourselves on our foreheads because we feel that we are but dust and nothingness before Him, and that He is our Creator and Sustainer on high. Then we lift our faces from the ground and remain sitting, praying that He forgives our sins and bestow His grace upon us, and guide us aright, and give us health and sustenance. Then we again prostrate ourselves on the ground and touch the dust with our foreheads before the might and the glory of the One. After that, we remain sitting and pray that He bless the Prophet Muhammad who brought His message to us, just as He blessed the earlier Prophets; and that He bless us as well, and all those who follow the right guidance; and we ask Him to give us of the good of this world and of the good of the world to come. In the end we turn our heads to the right and to the left, saying, “Peace and the grace of God be upon you” - and thus greet all who are righteous, wherever they may be. ‘It was thus that our Prophet used to pray and taught his followers to pray for all times, so that they might willingly surrender themselves to God - which is what Islam means - and so be at peace with Him and with their own destiny.’”

— An extract from ‘The Road to Mecca’ by Muhammad Asad (via baluchx) Read this book if you haven’t. (via thegreaterjihad)

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The month of Ramadhan is very special and the holiest month for the Muslims. It is the month where Muslims observe fasting from morning (sunrise) to evening twilight. In Islam, fasting is mandatory. It is an obligation not an option. This obligation makes the poor and the rich equal. The rich people will have a taste of pain and hunger that the poor and the weak are battling. This will help the rich people become more lenient to the weak and more merciful to the hungry ones. Fasting does not only mean abstaining oneself from eating and drinking. One should also abstain himself from doing unpleasant acts and shackling some of his inclinations. Ramadhan is a month of starving the body and feeding the soul. It is a month of doing good deeds and forgiveness. Fasting is not about a diet of burning calories. It’s about burning ego, pride and sins. Ramadhan is the season of igniting your longing and yearning to Allah (swt). 

RAMADHAN is a school of faith and a place to recharge our spiritual cells. Ramadhan are the following:

  • Self-discipline
  • Self-control
  • Self-restraint
  • Self-education
  • Self-evaluation. 

Days from now, the month of Ramadhan will bid farewell to us. Have you ever asked yourself if you have exerted all the efforts to fulfill all the requirements of Ramadhan? Have you defeated your evil desires or you’ve overtaken them? Have you performed the mandatory prayers and good deeds properly? Have you done enough to please Allah (swt) by doing his commands? As we bid farewell to this holy month of Ramadhan, we should ask ourselves with these questions for us to evaluate and reflect with our actions, our motives, and perhaps the way for the continuity of our good deeds. May all our Salahs (prayers), fasting, sacrifices and righteous deeds be all accepted in this sacred month of Ramadhan. May we all continue the righteous actions though this holy month of Ramadhan is getting near to its end. This end is also a renewal, a reaffirmation, a resolution, and a positive change to us. To my Muslim Sisters and Brothers, advance Happy Eid’l Fitr. May Allah (swt) bless us all.

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Ramadhan Kareem!

Ramadhan Kareem!

She doesn’t have a princess complex. She demands that you treat her with respect — but because she is a person you love, not because she is a woman and therefore magically entitled to something. Just as she would expect you to treat your friends and family with respect, she knows you wouldn’t treat her any other way. A high-quality woman wouldn’t be with a man who was disrespectful to the people he is close to in life.


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