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
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
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
Committing to five appointments a day sounds like a difficult task for anybody. Imagine if every day you had to visit the dentist multiple times, or had to attend a five minute meeting with a work boss, seven days a week. It would seem impossible, and not to mention enormously inconvenient. So how is it that millions of Muslims around the world are not only … Continue reading Why Do Muslims Pray Five Times A Day?
A fundamental part of being a Muslim is performing the obligatory 5 daily prayers, and before doing anything else as a new Muslim, learning how to pray needs to be your number one priority. To someone who is not used to stopping what they’re doing in order to bow before their Lord 5 times a day, this might feel like a big commitment and a … Continue reading How To Pray Salah
The first pillar of Islam, the shahadah, is probably the most significant sentence to ever pass a Muslim’s lips. It is the declaration of faith, which sums up the bare minimum of what it means to be a Muslim: “Ash-hadu anla elaha illa-Allah, wa ash-hadu anna Mohammadan abduhu wa Rasuluhu” (I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah, and I bear witness that Mohammad, peace be … Continue reading How To Take Your Shahadah