Fatwa Issuance Unites ASEAN Muslims


JAKARTA – Muslim scholars have joined hands to form a committee to unify the issuance of fatwas (religious edicts) to serve the interest of Muslims across Southeast Asia. "For a start, we are going to streamline the deliberation process of issuing a fatwa at the regional level," Muhyiddin Junaidi, head of the international relations divisions … Continue reading Fatwa Issuance Unites ASEAN Muslims

Understanding God’s Giving and Depriving


In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa'illah As-Sakandari says: You might think that He is giving you, while in reality He is depriving you! And you might think that He is depriving you, while in reality He is giving you! If through your deprivation, He opens the doors of understanding … Continue reading Understanding God’s Giving and Depriving

Supplications in Hard Times


Ibn Abbas reports that at times of distress, the Prophet used to pray for God's help as follows: "There is no deity other than God, the Supreme, the Forbearing. There is no deity except God, the Lord of the heavens and the Earth and the Lord of the Great Throne."  (Related by Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Ahmad, … Continue reading Supplications in Hard Times

Philippines, Muslims Sign Peace Deal


MANILA – The Philippine government and the country’s largest Muslim group signed Monday, October 15, a peace deal that serves as roadmap to establishing a Muslim homeland in the south. "This is the sound of peace," Ebrahim Murad, the head of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), told President Benigno Aquino ahead of signing the … Continue reading Philippines, Muslims Sign Peace Deal

Who is the most beloved to you?


You will become the most proficient in using the various skills in dealing with others when you treat everyone in such a way that he thinks of himself as the most beloved of all people to yourself. For instance, you should treat your mother so grandly that she begins to think you have never treated … Continue reading Who is the most beloved to you?