Ibtihaj Muhammad: How A Champ Trains In Ramadan

*Originally posted on 2016/06/17 Muslim American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad says she spends up to seven hours training on an average day. Right now, during Ramadan, that means seven hours of intense physical exercise without any food or water between sunrise and sunset. “My faith is first and foremost to me. It’s a priority,” Muhammad told […]

Why Do We Waste So Much Food in Ramadan? – Shaykh Muhammad Metwali Al-Sha’raawi

In this video, the late Egyptian luminary and scholar, Shaykh Muhammad Metwali Al-Sha’raawi (RA) urges us to reflect on our consumption of food in the month of Ramadan. He reminds us that there is no benefit in overeating or being gluttonous once the time of breaking fast sets in. Rather, we should suffice ourselves with […]

Conquering Mount Sawm, by Tushar Imdad-ul-Haq Bhuiya

Especially motivating for those dreading the long summer fasts, the following diary entries, written by British educator Tushar Imdad-ul-Haq Bhuiya, should provide reassurance that keeping hunger at bay isn’t as hard as it seems.Although describing the challenge of keeping a voluntary fast, the lessons are just as relevant for Ramadan. After reading extracts from Brad Pilon’s […]

A Nursing Mother’s Ramadan Reflections, by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil thought she knew what a challenging fasting day was…until she became a mother and began nursing her baby. I thought that my hardest Ramadans were the ones I spent in Jordan, as a young student of knowledge. The days were incredibly long, and the blistering summer heat was like nothing I’d ever […]

Being Depressed? Or Hoping for the Best?

Sharifah Bebe Hasan explores the difference between experiencing natural low points in life, and being clinically depressed. Negative emotions are completely natural.  In fact, they can make us realise that we are makhluq (created) being who are flawed, and that we have limitations.It’s also important to realise that we are eternally connected to our Khaliq […]

25 Years’ Worth of Marriage Advice: Hina Khan-Mukhtar

In celebration of her jubilee anniversary, Hina Khan-Mukhtar shares some marriage advice gathered over the years. Have you ever set foot inside a couple’s home and immediately felt a sense of sakinah, or peace, wash over you? Whether it was a modestly-furnished apartment in a neighborhood where people struggle to make ends meet or a […]

Creating a Blessed Home : A Reader

This reader covers various topics relating to creating and nurturing a happy and blessed home. A Blessed Home The Adab of Homes – Ustadh Tabraze Azam Prophetic Supplication For Moving to a New House Look At Everything as a Blessing from Allah and Nurture Gratitude How Not to Let Stress Get Your Down Is Seeking Counselling A Sign of […]

Ghazali’s Science of the Soul – Shaykh Dr Asim Yusuf

What Imam Ghazali focuses on is the development of internal character traits. God talks about the soul that will eventually return to Him and He describes that soul as being the tranquil soul. The soul that is at peace with itself, as opposed to a struggling soul, which God describes as self-accusing.

The Environment and the Qur’an – Living Green Series

The Living Green Series takes us through our responsibilities towards green living and environmental stewardship. In this segment, Shaykh Ali Hani speaks about what we know about environmental protection in the Qur’an. Shaykh Ali Hani begins by speaks about the Arabic meaning of the word Bi’ah, or “natural environment”, referring to things that affect humans, […]

Abu Zayd Balkhi on Depression – Shaykh Dr Asim Yusuf

This is the second part of a talk by Shaykh Dr Asim Yusuf on approaches to depression and anxiety in Classical Islam. Here he presents the author and physician Abu Zayd Balkhi. I want to move on to a couple of these therapists. I say therapists. That’s a Freudian slip. The first of them is […]