By: William C. Chittick
Anyone with the vaguest knowledge of Islamic culture knows that it has produced extraordinary works of art and architecture — Persian miniatures, the Taj Mahal, the Alhambra. Few are aware, however, that this rich artistic heritage is firmly rooted in a worldview that highlights love and beauty.
The link between love and beauty is clear. We love what we find beautiful. Beauty attracts, ugliness repels. Nor are beauty and ugliness simply physical characteristics. We all know people who are outwardly attractive but personally repellent, and vice versa.
Beauty makes a massive appearance in love poetry like that of Ibn al-Farid, Rumi, Yunus Emre, and countless others. Their verses stir up wonder and delight by evoking the beautiful characteristics of the beloved.
The only never ending & never failing love is love for Allah.
El amor sólo que nunca termina y que nunca falla es el amor por Allah.
De enige nooit eindigende en nooit falende liefde is liefde voor Allah.
L’amour ne se termine jamais et ne manquant jamais de l’amour pour Allah.
Das einzige, nicht enden wollenden und nie versiegende Liebe ist die Liebe zu Allah.
Wéiyī de shàng fáng hé yǒng bù shībài de ài shì ài zhēnzhǔ.
Den enda eviga och aldrig sviktande kärlek är kärlek till Allah.
Tol’ko beskonechnyy i nikogda ne nesposobnost’ lyubov’ yest’ lyubov’ k Allakhu.
Sadece hiç bitmeyen ve asla başarısız aşk, Allah için sevgidir.
L’unico amore non finisce mai e mai mancato è l’amore per Allah.
Satu-satunya yang tidak pernah berakhir & tidak pernah gagal cinta adalah cinta kepada Allah.
Indeed, Allah and His angels send prayers upon the Prophet. O you who believe! Send prayers and abundant salutations upon him. (Surah Ahzab, 33:56)
You should realize that prayer upon the Prophet ﷺ is a ladder and means of [spiritual] ascent to arrive unto Allah. That is because sending prayers upon him ﷺ frequently engenders the Prophet’s love, and the Prophet’s love engenders Allah’s love, and Allah’s love for the servant attracts the servant to the Divine Presence—with or without an intermediary.
By: Samana Siddiqui
Muslim conferences and conventions (like the one being held by the Islamic Society of North America & Muslim American Society, Imam W. D. Mohammad) are just one of the many places Muslims in North America often meet potential spouses either to make a final decision or to initiate the marriage communication process.
Other places include fundraising dinners, regional seminars, lectures, at the home of a relative or friend, and the local mosque.
Sadly though, Islamic guidelines pertaining to proper conduct between men and women are not always respected at these meetings.
It is not uncommon to see or hear about potential candidates meeting in private, brothers and sisters “scoping the territory” for a spouse that looks good at Muslim events like conferences or lectures, or starting up a flirtatious conversation with someone they are interested in. None of these things fall within the guidelines of Islam.
Below are some Islamic principles, both general and specific, to consider if you will be meeting or seeking a potential spouse for yourself or someone else at a conference, lecture, the mosque or another event: Read the rest of this entry
By: Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“The noblest of you are those who are the noblest to their families”
“Verily, among the most perfect Believers in Imaan, are those who are best in character and kindest to their wives.”
Even lifting a morsel of food to the mouth of the wife has been given the significance of ‘ibaadat (worship). It is an act of love by which the husband derives thawaab (reward in the Hereafter).