Islam and Muslims in Southeast Asia – Speech by Syeikh Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz.

There is no doubt that this region (Southeast Asia) is in dire need of Islamic activity, the efforts of the callers to Allah, the establishment of Islamic associations, centers, universities, schools, and institutions where Islamic facilities, such as hospitals and institutions, should be available to help Muslims there know their religion and fight against their enemies....

The Ant Prays For Rain

Once there was a big famine in Palestine. It was during the time of the Prophet Sulaiman (King Solomon). He came out with his people and proceeded to an open place in the desert to pray for the rains to come. Suddenly, he saw an ant standing on its two legs, raising its hands up towards the sky and saying....

Role of Islam in Eradicate Slavery

Usually, slavery is linked with the socioeconomic status of a region or a country. Slaves are people deprived of basic human rights and are compelled to work without any compensation against their services. Historian proved that slavery was practiced in many ancient civilized countries; like ancient China, Egypt, Greece, Persia, and India, which there are many great monuments of the old world that were built on a carcass by slaves....

Respecting Differences in Opinion.

Imam Malik was once asked by the ruler of that time to compose a book as guidance for his fellow countrymen. He agreed after much consideration, and decided to name it Al-Muwatta’. The ruler then announced to Imam Malik his intention to make Al-Muwatta’ the main source of reference, which also means its standard to second to the Quran. Upon hearing this Imam Malik said....

Avoiding The Fitnah of Social Media.

The world today is witnessing the rapid development of social media. Islam does not at all deter any form of progress or modernization, however, it is not outrageous to say that social media today has reared its ugly face in generating a very worrying predicament. In addition to the positive outcomes, there are also elements of munkar (evil) arising, growing, multiplying, and spreading within our society through social media. Not just the uncovering of the awrah, but exposing and shaming others is no longer uncommon. Hurling accusations, slandering others, blaming one another, and spreading unverified information, have all become the cause for disputes and divorce between spouses....

Lessons from the Story of Prophet Yusuf.

In the story of Prophet Yusuf, we learn that he was tested by Allah through consecutive tests. It started with the hostility between some of his siblings towards him because they were jealous of their father’s affection towards Prophet Yusuf. The Quran describes how they threw him into a dry well. After he managed to escape from the well, he was then tested when he worked as a helper in the home of a governor...