The Art of Complimenting

“You look amazing!” “Your eyes are so beautiful!” “Masha’Allah, what a beautiful house!” “You delivered this Dars so effectively!” “I don’t think anybody can cook as well as you do!” Sounds familiar? I’m sure it does, because either we hear such words from someone or...

The Vanity Affair

Raising children to be knowledgeable, practicing Muslims poses many challenges. The Internet, television, movies and the iPod inundate children with visual and auditory messages, often competing and being contrary to Islamic values. Technology alone, however, cannot...

What does a Beautiful Soul look like?

It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In Islam, however, Allah (swt) sets for us certain guidelines to live and decide by, so that personal human opinions are not involved. Even true beauty is defined in our religion. While in today’s world we...

The Meaning of Good Character

A speech by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani at Masjid Bait-ul-Mukarram In common parlance, character is said to be good conduct with other people. In Shariah, it has a very wide meaning and besides these things, it also refers to compassion and the conditions of the heart...

Defining the Satar

By S. K. Siddiqui and Tasneem Vali In December, 2001, Nicholas Kristof reported in the New York Times that although Afghan women were no longer required to wear the Burqa, they did so anyway. In his view, only the subjugated and backward women would choose to cover...

The Highs and Lows of Modesty

Balzac described modesty as “the conscience of the body.” In Islam, the term Haya (modesty) means ‘to be alive.’ It has been derived from the word Hayat, which stands for ‘life.’ In the Arabic language, Haya is also used for rain,...