Advice For New Muslims – What Is Dhikr & Athkar?

In Islam, we are often aware of the obvious forms of worship such as prayer, fasting, and giving charity. But there are also many other means of performing various acts of worship throughout the day, which, if done correctly and sincerely, can carry with them a heavy weight in reward. One of these is referred to as remembrance of Allah, known in Arabic as dhikr, … Continue reading Advice For New Muslims – What Is Dhikr & Athkar?

Preparing for Ramadan – Balancing Your Work-Life with Religion

With Ramadan creeping rapidly closer, now is a good time – if you haven’t started already – to start excitedly planning ahead to make sure we’re prepared and ready to make the most of the beautiful month. As the Islamic lunar calendar is several days shorter than the Gregorian calendar, you may already be aware that the months of the Islamic calendar move slightly each … Continue reading Preparing for Ramadan – Balancing Your Work-Life with Religion

An Explanation of Zakat

The word ‘Zakat’ is often roughly translated as ‘charity’. However, there is a fair bit more detail required to fully understand this obligatory pillar of Islam. There are a number of different Arabic words relating to charity, such as sadaqah and lillah, the Arabic language being so beautifully specific, different words relate to different specific meanings. Zakat refers specifically to obligatory charity, meaning, while you … Continue reading An Explanation of Zakat

Fasting Mondays & Thursdays

With Ramadan fast approaching, now is a great time to start getting our bodies into a familiar habit of fasting. A common habit of our Prophet (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) was to fast twice a week, particularly on Mondays and Thursdays. According to a hadith narrated by Abu Hurayrah (RA), Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is reported to have said, “Deeds … Continue reading Fasting Mondays & Thursdays

The Reason Many Western Women Are Converting To Islam

In honour of this month’s International Women’s Day (8th March), I felt it was time to turn my attention to the often largely overlooked and misconceived liberation of women within the Islamic faith. The first time I ever stepped foot in an Islamic country was coincidentally during the same month that I picked up the Qur’an for the very first time. I was in Istanbul, … Continue reading The Reason Many Western Women Are Converting To Islam

How To Perform Wudu & Ghusl

When converting to Islam, one of the first things on your to-do list should be learning how to pray the Islamic ritual salah. It is not just the series of movements and words you need to learn, but also the conditions applied which make a salah valid, such as the clothes you are wearing, the direction you are facing, and whether you are ritually clean. … Continue reading How To Perform Wudu & Ghusl

Following Our Prophet’s Example – Showing Respect & Kindness to Non-Muslims

As someone who is new to Islam, you may come across Qur’an verses which (when taken out of context) appear to instruct Muslims not to take non-Muslims as friends. But often, the best place to search for guidance and an example on how Muslims are expected to live and behave, is through the example set by our Prophet, (may the blessings and peace of Allah … Continue reading Following Our Prophet’s Example – Showing Respect & Kindness to Non-Muslims

Be Inspired: Qalam Institute Podcasts

Being Muslim is a constant every day journey of bettering yourself and striving to get closer to Allah. Some days, your heart is strong with faith and motivation, whereas others, you can feel a lot more distant and disconnected. One way that I find really helps me to remain focused on my religion and my purpose, even while living in a non-Muslim household with not … Continue reading Be Inspired: Qalam Institute Podcasts

My Shahadah, Five Years On: Challenges And Successes As A New Muslim

This February will mark 5 whole years since I took my shahadah. Half a decade passed by so quickly, subhan’Allah. Although there is still so much I want to learn and implement in my life and my religion, a lot has happened and changed in those five years, some of which I would like to share with you to provide some reassurance to those still … Continue reading My Shahadah, Five Years On: Challenges And Successes As A New Muslim

Begin With “Bismillah”

‘Bismillah’ is a word you will come across repeatedly as a Muslim. You may have already noticed that (almost) every surah in the Qur’an begins with ‘Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem’, which in basic translation means, ‘in the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful’. As demonstrated by our Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), it is a beneficial … Continue reading Begin With “Bismillah”