Surah Al-Fatiha: The Winning Formula for Success

The Prophet (PBUH) called Surah Al-Fatiha (The Opening) the mother of the book.  Some said it was named so because it summarizes the meaning of the entire Quran.   He also called it the greatest surah in the Quran.  ...

Baqarah: Two Verses from Under the Throne

The last two verses of Surah al-Baqarah have special status:  “The Messenger believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, as so do the faithful. They all believe in Allah, His angels, His scriptures, and His messengers. ‘We make no...

Gratitude to Allah: From No Thanks to Properly Grateful

The analogy of the king and the horse shows the various forms of gratitude people express. Al-Ghazali used it in his book On Patience and Thankfulness. So imagine a king who wants to go on a journey.   He does a favor to a person of his entourage by giving...

Allah According to Allah: Answered and Unanswered Dua

Why my dua is not answered even though Allah said Call on Me and I will answer you [Quran 40:60]?  Someone asked the same question to imam Jafar al-Sadiq: Why do I call upon Allah but I don’t see any answer? He replied: Because you...