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 … Read More

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 … Read More

Why Worship Allah?

“And I have created the jinn and men but to worship Me.” — Surah adh-Dhariyat (Qur’an, 51:56) The Holy Qur’an states that human beings (and jinn) are created but for worship. Yet why worship Allah, God? Yes, one can certainly state that the reason why we worship Allah is simply because he has ordered or recommended it. Yet it is always … Read More

Spiritual Seclusion: Khalwa in Islam

Towards the goal of attaining enlightenment and a deeper connection with the Divine Presence of God, one of the most powerful spiritual practices in Islam is that of khalwa, or spiritual seclusion. Khalwa was practiced by the Prophet Muhammad (S) througout his life, both before and after receiving revelation. In fact, it was during immersions in khalwa that the Prophet … Read More

Laylatul Raghaib, Suggested Practices and Amaal

Islamic spirituality is designed to provide continual opportunities to cultivate a greater level of consciousness and intention, for remembrance, awakening and presence. One such occasion is Laylatul Raghaib (also spelled Ragha’ib), which falls on the evening of the first Thursday of the Holy Month of Rajab. Such opportunities are not only valuable for spiritual development, but they are essential, for … Read More

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 … Read More

Gratitude in Islam: How to Attract Abundance

And remember! Your Lord caused to be declared: If ye are grateful, I will add more unto you. — Surah Ibrahim (Holy Qur’an, 14:5-7) One of the most important aspects of the Islamic Meditation Program is the cultivation of gratitude in Islam, for not only is gratitude the heart and essence of Islam, it is also the key to attracting … Read More

10 Reasons for Fasting in Ramadan

The reasons for fasting in Ramadan are innumerable, however in this article, I present 10 powerful reasons for fasting in Ramadan. By consciously aligning your intention with these 10 reasons for fasting in Ramadan, you position yourself to get the most out of this divine spiritual practice, and so to truly progress in your personal growth and spiritual evolution. What … Read More

The Blessings of the 15th of Shaban (Shabe Barat)

One of the unique benefits of traditional Islamic spirituality is the observance of numerous holy days and nights throughout the Islamic calendar year in which spiritual seekers can take advantage of rare blessings and opportunities for spiritual growth and awakening. One of the holiest and most significant nights of the Islamic calendar is the night of the 15th of Shaban, … Read More

The Islamic Golden Age

Often, when we think of the Islamic Golden Age, we tend to think of the past. Muslims, when invoking the glory and splendor of the Islamic Golden Age, are quick to point out the numerous and significant achievements of the inspired Muslim sages of history. Yet few seem to see the cause and impetus that led to, fueled and propelled … Read More

10 Prophet Muhammad Quotes: A Taste of Honey

The Prophet Muhammad (saws), although the leader of one of the world’s greatest religious and spiritual traditions, still remains obscured and misunderstood to many throughout the world. The following short selection of Prophet Muhammad quotes have been chosen to help convey the essence of his message and teaching, and to help clarify the divine purpose of Islam, namely, to establish … Read More

The Dawn of a New Age

We are but a few days away from the end of the first decade of the 21st Century and the beginning of a new year, and as with all endings, it is an opportunity for reflection, and thus for learning. Furthermore, with any ending comes a new beginning and the opportunity for conscious intention, the opportunity to deliberately set a … Read More

The 5 Pillars of a Powerful Prayer Practice

Presence Through Prayer How effective is your prayer practice? Has it become mere routine and ritual, or is every experience a beautiful journey deeper within? With a conscious approach, you can make your prayer practice a powerful catalyst for change, for personal growth and for communion with the Divine. It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of routine and … Read More

Life is Good

Life is Good Of the many aphorisms coined in recent years, the simple phrase “Life is good,” is one of the best to have graced popular attire in the last decade. Bert and John Jacobs began their popular clothing line in the early 1990’s based upon this simple affirmation, and their enterprise has since grown considerably. Incredibly, it is true … Read More

Avatar: The Tragedy of Paradise Lost

The following post contains a review of the movie Avatar and may potentially include spoilers. It is advised to first see the movie and then read the article. The insanity of the collective egoic mind, amplified by science and technology, is rapidly taking our species to the brink of disaster. Evolve or die: that is our only choice now. — … Read More

What is Spirituality?

Spirituality is to have your feet firmly planted on the earth, yet your roots in Heaven. Often, the term spirituality tends to be vague and undefined. Consequently, confusion typically arises when referring to it. And this then leads to conceptual ideas that ultimately take one away from the real purpose of spirituality: To consciously move towards the Source, the Origin, … Read More