Materialism is an identity crisis

By Aisha Mohsin “Materialism is an identity crisis” How intelligently does Mr. Bryant McGill put the whole idea into perspective? Before we discuss why materialism is an identity crisis, we must ponder over what identity actually means and what are the factors leading to its crisis. What is Identity?  Identity is defined as “a sense of self” or “the distinguishing character/personality of an individual”. We … Continue reading Materialism is an identity crisis

Making the most of Dhul Hijjah

Iman Amin How eager we were seeking reward during Ramadan, and how quickly its days left us. Yet as we hear of friends and relatives departing for the pilgrimage to Makkah, another blessed time approaches. The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar. It is regarding these treasured days, that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is reported to have said:  “There … Continue reading Making the most of Dhul Hijjah

Seeking Laylatul Qadr – a guide for the last 10 nights of Ramadan

Once again, some of the most blessed nights of the year are upon us, the last ten nights of Ramadan. Among them, the greatest jewel, Laylatul Qadr, the night of power, the night the Quran was revealed, is waiting for us to reap its rewards. But after 20 days of fasting, working or studying full time, caring for our families, and trying to make the … Continue reading Seeking Laylatul Qadr – a guide for the last 10 nights of Ramadan

Walaa & Baraa: Loyalty in Islam

As Muslims, we understand the importance of the concept of ummah. The idea of a transnational Islamic identity is reiterated in the Qur’an and Sunnah, and it is relevant on a spiritual, social, and political level. From Ramadan and Eid, to war-torn conflicts and natural disasters, we feel the happiness and pain of our brothers and sisters in faith and make our support and love … Continue reading Walaa & Baraa: Loyalty in Islam

“Why do Muslims fast in Ramadan?”

Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic (Hijri) calendar, is upon us once again. Many find it astonishing that Muslims voluntarily abstain from food & drink from sunrise until sunset every day, for the entire month. This is especially the case when Ramadan falls in a season where the days are both long and hot. Naturally, the question “why do Muslims fast in Ramadan?” is … Continue reading “Why do Muslims fast in Ramadan?”