Podcast: Love in Islam

What is the importance of love in Islam? You may be surprised by what you hear in this special episode of Soul of Islam Radio, in which we discuss the deeper reality of love, its utter importance in the life and spiritual path of the Muslim, and how it is love the propels creation back towards its Absolute Divine Source, the …

Podcast: How to Represent Islam

Islam is nearly universally misunderstood in the modern world, and as Muslims, it is imperative to ask, “What is the most effective way to represent Islam truly?” Islam is understood primarily as a cultural identity and a dogmatic belief system by the majority of Muslims, rather than the living spiritual path of awakening and enlightenment it truly is, and as …

How to Have an Attitude of Gratitude

It can be said that the quality of your life is determined by the quality of emotions you experience on a consistent basis. Do you find yourself as a norm feeling grateful, happy and joyous? Or do fear, frustration and anger tend to dominate your experiences in life? By learning how to have an attitude of gratitude, you can dramatically …

The Divine Power of Dhikr

The sacred spiritual practice of dhikr, also often spelled as zikr, is a unique energetic exercise originating in Islamic Spirituality, also known as Sufism, which simply means “purification of the self,” and that which constitutes the essence of religion. The goal of Islamic Spirituality is the transcendence of the ego-self, the one veil between the human being and his or her …

How to Make Allah Happy in Islam

In answering the question, “How to make Allah happy in Islam?”, I am going to provide a perhaps unexpected and surprising answer, a different angle on the subject than one might normally expect. First, however, an important distinction and clarification. Distinction and Clarification In addressing the question, “How to make Allah happy?”, or “How to please Allah in Islam?”, it …

The Blessings and Benefits of Fajr Prayer in Islam

“Those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, and establish regular prayers and regular charity — they will have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” — Surah al-Baqarah (Holy Quran, 2:277) Consistent and daily prayer practice constitutes one of the Five Pillars of Islam, holding a place of such importance and …

The Essential Practice of Meditation in Islam

At some point in the early history of Islam, the focus of Islamic practice shifted from the inner to the outer, from the spiritual to the formal. As a result, much of the original way of the Prophet Muhammad (S) became obscured to the masses. Yet nevertheless, Islamic spirituality was kept alive by a small yet pious portion of the …