Why The West Craves Materialism & Why The East Sticks To Religion

By Imran Khan, Pakistan politician My generation grew up at a time when colonial hang up was at its peak. Our older generation had been slaves and had a huge inferiority complex of the British. The school I went to was similar to all elite schools in Pakistan. Despite gaining independence, they were, and still … Continue reading Why The West Craves Materialism & Why The East Sticks To Religion

Change of Heart

The Difficulty of Attaining Sincerity Having true sincerity is one of the most difficult things to achieve, and it is not only the common people who experience this; many scholars and righteous people struggle with it too. Sufyan Ath-Thawri says: “I have never dealt with anything more difficult than my intention; it keeps changing on … Continue reading Change of Heart

Islam and Development

By Sheikh 'Atiyya Saqr Islam is a religion that calls upon all its adherents to adopt modern ideas and technologies that can improve life, as long as they are within the limits set out by Islam. Development, that is, change into a better form, is an innate inclination toward material and moral perfection. First of … Continue reading Islam and Development

Success in All Aspects of Life

In today's world, it is hard to reach a balance and achieve success in the various aspects of life. For instance, a person who is successful at work is likely to be unsuccessful in social life, and vice versa. Despite all her responsibilities, Raghda El Ebrashi has managed to achieve success in her social life … Continue reading Success in All Aspects of Life

Difficulties: True Character of the World

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa'illah As-Sakandari says: "Do not be surprised when difficulties happen in this worldly abode. It is only revealing its true character and identity." If the servant of Allah repents to Him, relies on Him, purifies his intention to Him, reflects on Him, and seizes … Continue reading Difficulties: True Character of the World

With the poor

Many people today view manners in a commercial light. To them, only rich people’s jokes are worth laughing at, and only their faults are considered small and worthy of overlooking. As for the poor, their jokes are unbearable and only worthy of ridicule, while their faults are magnified and they are shouted down. As for … Continue reading With the poor

Hajj: Renewal of Self

What are the blessings of Hajj? One may describe them in great detail. But, in the Qur'an, where Allah instructs Ibrahim to invite people to come to Hajj, it is said: {So that they may witness things that are of benefit to them}(Al-Hajj 22: 28). Hence, the real blessings of Hajj can only be experienced … Continue reading Hajj: Renewal of Self