How to be open-minded in the Islamic context?

As Muslims, we place great importance on seeking knowledge. Being open-minded allows us to learn from others by examining, tolerating, and accepting differing viewpoints and situations.  In the Islamic context, open-mindedness means the capacity to examine, tolerate and accept differing

Nafisa – The Gem of Knowledge

Nafisa Al-Tahira bint Al-Hassan was the great great-granddaughter of Hazrat Ali (AS) and thus, a descendant of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).  Also, she was an acknowledged scholar and teacher of Islam, having taught Imam Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi, and

National identity crisis

The Senate passed a resolution for the mandatory teaching of Arabic in schools without many dissenting voices, reigniting a new debate on how it will shape our national identity. There is growing anxiety among the youth about the Arbabization of

Never look down at any good deed

Our Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) narrated a story to his companions about a man from the previous generations before Islam. The man in the story was a righteous person and lived among the people but had difficulty in his life.

Life lessons from Holy Prophet (PBUH)

We all have struggles and it isn’t surprising that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) also had struggles in his life.  If we examine the struggles of the Prophet (SAW), there are some lessons we can learn when dealing with our

Dual standards of freedom

A wise person should understand another’s feelings and respect their sentiments irrespective of their religious belief. It is unacceptable to mock religion and esteemed personalities and then take an aggressive stance on the pretext of defending freedom of speech and

Society and sins

Most of the injustice that occurs in society is because it has become normalized. There is the notion that “everyone else is doing it so it must be okay.” For example, in some places, nothing gets done without bribery. However,

Right to water, food, shelter

In a hadith, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) stated, “There is no right that the son of Adam is more entitled to other than these (four) rights: A home to live in, a garment to cover his nakedness, a piece

Rising Islamophobia in Europe

There has been an increase in the number of Islamophobic and xenophobic cases around the world particularly Europe. Many countries under the garb of freedom of speech and expression have hurt the religious sentiments of over a billion Muslims and

Pakistan condemns French magazine reprinting offensive caricatures

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has strongly condemned the decision by French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, to republish deeply offensive caricatures of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). In a tweet, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that such a deliberate act

Message of Eid-ul-Azha

Eid-ul-Azha is being observed by Muslims around the world with traditional religious zeal and fervor. The auspicious day marks the extreme sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (May Allah Bless Him) centuries ago who was willing to sacrifice this own son Prophet

Pakistan and Islam

The creation of Pakistan was based on the ideology of Islam. The plight of Muslims in the subcontinent and the separate lifestyle from the Hindus strengthened the Two Nation theory. Due to tireless struggle of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan

Healthcare in Islam

During pre-Islamic era, people with disabilities were considered a burden on society and thus, they were mistreated and looked down upon. Thanks to the Almighty Allah (SWT), the opposite is true in Islam.  There exist many narrations praising visiting the

Islam and social responsbilities on Eid

Pakistan observed the festive occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr with religious zeal and fervor. The day, marking the end of the holy month of Ramazan, was observed with traditional Eid prayers across the country for the safety and sanctity of the nation

Poverty can lead to disbelief

I have been regularly watching Founder and President Yaqeen Institute in Dallas Texas Sheikh Omar Suleiman’s lectures and kutbas on YouTube for the past four years. He is a great teacher and giver of Islamic knowledge and I have been

Fasting in Islam and other religions

Muslims around the world are observing the holy month of Ramazan. The month of Ramazan is known around the world to Muslims and non-Muslims alike as the month of fasting.   Fasting is the willful refrainment from eating for a period

Prayers during pandemic

One of the most difficult decision for the government during the ongoing coronavirus crisis is regarding the congregational prayers in mosques. An outright ban could spark a strong reaction among clerics and religious scholars in a rather conservative and deeply

Lockdown and Islamic injunctions

The coronavirus has now engulfed the entire world including Pakistan, taking a heavy toll on human lives and health. As practicing Muslims, we are also ignoring and downplaying the Islamic injunctions to keep us safe from the epidemic. While some

Foundations of Brotherhood

What is the meaning of Brotherhood? It should be an emotion; a feeling of pain. That takes humanity to a journey of the heavens. The same state of euphoria when you express a few words of sympathy, create a conducive

What Malcolm X Taught Us

February 21 is the 55th anniversary of the assassination of the great African-American Muslim leader and human rights activist El-Haaj Malik El-Shabazz better known as Malcolm X. His life is an example of how we can redeem ourselves with the

Canadian traveller Rosie Gabrielle converts to Islam after Pakistan visit

Canadian traveller Rosie Gabrielle, who spent over a year travelling extensively across Pakistan, has announced that she has converted to Islam. Taking to social media site Instagram, Gabrielle shared what led her to this big decision in her life. “This

Anti-Islam slogans painted outside mosque in London

LONDON: The Scotland Yard on Wednesday has said that they launched a full investigation into the anti-Islamic slogans sprayed on a building near a mosque and cultural center in south London. Scotland Yard officers on Wednesday were called at about

Muhammad makes list of top 10 baby names in the US

Muhammad is one of the top 10 most popular baby names for boys in the United States. According to data from the parenting website BabyCenter, Muhammad ranks at number 10, up four spots from last year. The name has been

What ails the Muslim Ummah?

Mahathir Mohammad, the world’s oldest prime minister, is hosting the KL Summit later this month to discuss the problems being faced by the Muslim world. Pakistan is among the five countries – dubbed M5 – seen as the pioneers of

Akon says his Islamic faith is the real key to success

Grammy Award winning singer and rapper Akon has said that many of his decisions and business moves are shaped by his Islamic faith. The Lonely singer, real name Aliaune Thiam, delivered an inspirational keynote address at the Sharjah Entrepreneurial Festival,

Hamza Ali Abbasi announces quitting showbiz to focus on Islam

Karachi: Famous Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi has announced quitting showbiz to focus on Islam. According to the actor, he wants to spend the rest of his life in accordance with Islam. Sharing a detailed video message on social media, that

Islam’s biased portrayal must be stopped: Maleeha Lodhi

NEW YORK: Outgoing Pakistani Ambassador to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi said that the unfair and biased portrayal of Islam was unacceptable and must be stopped. Addressing the General Assembly’s Sixth Committee in New York, Maleeha Lodhi said that the