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By on August 17,2008

The Spirit of Worship in Islam (part 3 of 3): Zakah and Hajj

imageZakahThe third obligation is zakah.  Every Muslim whose financial condition is above a certain specified minimum must pay annually 2.5 percent of his or her cash balance to a deserving fellow being.  This is the minimum.  The more you pay, ... [full story]

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The Spirit of Worship in Islam (part 2 of 3): The Prayer and Fasting

imageWhat makes a Muslim say their Prayers at places where there is no one to ask them to offer them or even to see them offering them?  Isn’t it so because of their belief that God is ever looking at ... [full story]

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The Spirit of Worship in Islam (part 1 of 3): Worship and Prayer

imageIbadah (worship) is an Arabic word derived from abd (a slave) and it means submission.  It portrays that God is your Master and you are His slave, and whatever a slave does in obedience to and for the pleasure of ... [full story]

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imageAltruism, selfless acts done for another’s benefit in spite of oneself, is a humanitarian endeavor praised by all societies.  Practically every nation on earth has stories of great kings, brave warriors and noble men and women who sacrificed their material ... [full story]

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How Do Muslims Treat the Elderly?

imageIn the Islamic world, one rarely finds “old people’s homes.”  The strain of caring for one’s parents in this most difficult time of their lives is considered an honor and a blessing and an opportunity for great spiritual growth.  In ... [full story]

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Visiting the Sick (part 2 of 2)

imageThe rewards for visiting the sick are great in both number and magnitude.  The Prophet Muhammad said:“If a man calls on his sick Muslim brother, it is as if he walks reaping the fruits of Paradise until he sits, and ... [full story]

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Visiting the Sick (part 1 of 2)

imageIslam invites to all that is good and warns from all that is bad.  From those good and virtuous deeds is the visiting of the ill and afflicted.  When people visit each other in good health, bonds of brotherhood and ... [full story]

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The Virtue of Truthfulness (part 2 of 2): Lying and Hypocrisy

imageJust as truthfulness is the very cornerstone of the upright person’s character and the springboard for his virtuousness, falsehood, its opposite, is the foundation of a person’s depravity and the launch pad for his wickedness.  Just as the truthfulness of ... [full story]

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The Virtue of Truthfulness (part 1 of 2): The Status and Reward of Truthfulness

image“O you who believe!  Have fear of God, and be among the truthful.” (Quran 9:119)Ask the average person to define truthfulness and the answer will most likely be restricted to something about truthful speech.  Islam, however, teaches that truthfulness is ... [full story]

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Justice in Islam

imageThe Meaning of JusticeIn the Islamic worldview, justice denotes placing things in their rightful place.  It also means giving others equal treatment.  In Islam, justice is also a moral virtue and an attribute of human personality, as it is in ... [full story]

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