If We Had Sent This Quran Down to a Mountain…

Last weekend, I was so excited by the thought of praying tarawih at the mosque, but I ended up disappointed.   There, we recited the Quran as we would race the 100 meters.  People were talking in the back disturbing the others.   I’m wondering how...

Why Put on Earth Someone Who Will Cause Damage and Bloodshed?

When God declared His intention to put a successor on earth, the angels asked: “How can You put someone there who will cause damage and bloodshed?”  Who has never asked him or herself this question!  It especially arises when we experience or witness...

5 Powerful Duas from the Quran to Help You in Both Worlds

I see two main benefits from extracting duas (supplications) from the Quran.  Firstly, they are taught by Allah Himself.  It’s not always easy to find the appropriate wording to address the Creator of the skies and the earth!  His words will...

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...