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?

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

Translation & Explanation of Some Common Islamic Words & Phrases

Whether it’s in books, talks, or general conversations with other Muslims, after turning to Islam you may find that you’re suddenly coming across a lot of unfamiliar Arabic words and phrases. There is a definite beauty in sharing a common language throughout the entire religion. No matter where you go, Muslims will greet each other with the same “asalaamu alaykum”; and the most beautiful thing … Continue reading Translation & Explanation of Some Common Islamic Words & Phrases

How To Take Your Shahadah

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