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The Meaning of the Word “Ramadan”

Question: What is the meaning of ‘Ramadan ‘in Arabic, and why is this blessed month called “Ramadan”? Zaynab El-Kateb: The Scholars say that it is originated from the Arabic word

Falling into despair after committing a sin

Question: I have – absolutely unintentionally – wronged someone and made him suffer a lot due to a sin I have made, and I have feared the punishment of that

How to Get Rid of the Hardness in My Heart

Question: May Allah raise your rank and keep you healthy. Ameen. Lately, I have had some fights with some sisters and my Imaan is at an all time low. I

The Difference Between Tawbah and Istighfar

Question: What is the difference between istigfar and tawbah? I want to know if I am doing a sin can I ask Allah to forgive me but without the firm

Reading Quran Without Understanding

Question: I know that you should recite the Quran with understanding. But even though I go through the meaning, I fail to connect with the meaning while I recite it.

What to do if you wronged someone

Question: What should a Muslim do if he wronged his brother, for example by telling things about him that were not true or other things that violated his rights, but

How to Rid Oneself of Pride and Arrogance

Question: How can one rid himself from the evils of the heart such pride and arrogance? Umm Abdel-Malik: One needs to learn more about Allah and about His attributes, and

How to soften our hearts

Question: I feel a bit worried about the state of myself, I don’t have any feelings for what’s going on in the world (the killings, oppression, etc) It’s like if

Know Allah in Prosperity, He will know you in adversity

Know Allah in Prosperity, He will know you in adversity Selections from Jami’ al-Ulum wal-Hikam by: Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali.   Click on the link to read/download the pdf: Know Allah

​If a Muslim commits a major sin and is not punished, will he be forgiven?

Question: If a Muslim committed a major sin—e.g. murder, zinna, etc—but is not punished under shariah or any law, and later on he repents and becomes a good Muslim, will