Mar 12, 2022

The Difference Between Islām and Īmān

Al-Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Rajab (d. 795 AH) said: “The truth regarding the difference [between Islām and īmān] is that īmān is to believe with the heart in the truthfulness of this dīn, to be satisfied with it, and to have knowledge concerning it. While Islām refers to the complete submission, humility, and humble obedience of the servant [of Allāh]. This is enacted through action and is referred to as dīn by Allāh in His Book1. In the ḥadith of Jibrīl the Prophet (ﷺ) referred to Islām, īmān, and īḥsān [God- consciousness] as dīn2. This is evidence that proves that if one of these two terms [Islām or īm…


Mar 11, 2022

Ramaḍān Is the Month of the Qurʾān

  شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ ۖ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۗ يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ ‎﴿١٨٥﴾‏ “The month of Ramaḍān in which was revealed the Qurʾān, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the…

Mar 10, 2022

The Importance of Purity of the Heart

Al-Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Rajab [d. 795 AH] said: The saying of the Prophet [ﷺ]: ‘Truly there exists within the body a morsel of flesh; if it is healthy and pure the entire body follows it in health. If it is corrupt, then the entire body follows in corruption. Verily, [this morsel of flesh] is the heart.’ The [ḥadīth] proves that the righteousness of a slave’s physical actions, and his refraining from ḥarām and his avoidance of unclear matters all correlate directly with the purity of the actions of his heart.   So if his heart is pure, containing nought but the love of Allāh and love for that which i…



Mar 7, 2022

Positive Thinking and Its Alignment with Continuous Obedience

From among [the rebellious continuous sinners] are those who put their trust in his [the Prophet’s (ﷺ)] saying in his narration from his Lord: ‘I am congruent with the positive thinking of my slave, so let him think of me what he wills.’ [They take this] to mean truly I will only execute whatever is in the mind of [the slave]. There can be no doubt that positive thinking [in Allāh] is borne only out of the execution of good actions. For the one who busies himself with good, thinks positively with regards to receiving reward from Allāh in return for the goodness he put forward. [He knows tha…



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