Prayer: the soul’s delight
By: A. A. Mawdudi
The frequency and timings of the Prayers never let the object and mission of life be lost sight of in the maze of worldly activities.
Ibadah (act of 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 his master is worship.
The Islamic concept of worship is very wide. If you free your speech from filth, falsehood, malice, and abuse and speak the truth and talk goodly things and do all these only because God has so ordained to do, they constitute `ibadah, however secular they may look in semblance.
If you obey the law of God in letter and spirit in your commercial and economic affairs and abide by it in your dealings with your parents, relatives, friends, and all those who come in contact with you, then all these activities of yours are worship. If you help the poor and the destitute, give food to the hungry, and serve the ailing and the afflicted persons, and do all this not for any personal gain of yours but only to seek the pleasure of God, they are nothing short of worship. Even your economic activities, the activities you undertake to earn your living and to feed your dependants, are worship if you remain honest and truthful in them and observe the law of God.
Is Islam a violent religion?
By: Farhanah Ali
God (Allah) says in the Holy Qur’an, “. . . if anyone slew a person . . . it would be as if he slew the whole of mankind; and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind” (5:32). It is a sad reality when we consider the violence different social groups face around the world from the beginning of time to the present. It is something we all hope can be changed for the future.
Throughout history, we have seen devastating outcomes to large numbers of people due to the actions of others. The world has seen numerous lives unjustly taken; it seems that the war against each other because of race or beliefs is an ongoing one. Today Muslims face similar, if not the same, threats as did the Jews in the Holocaust and the African slaves beginning in the seventeenth century. A few extreme individuals that call themselves Muslims and commit acts of violence coupled with ignorance about what Islam is about have caused global hostility through the media towards true Muslims today when they are truly a peaceful nation.