On Sincerity (Ikhlas) and Intentions (Niyah)

“Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.”

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What does the word Iqama mean?

Iqama is an arabic word and it has two meanings:

An “Iqama” is a reference to the second call to prayer that is performed in the masjid prior to the start of salah. This call to prayer is quieter than the first, and more urgent. It signals the people within the masjid to hasten to fulfill the obligation of prayer and to fortify their connection with Allah (swt).

An “Iqama” can also be used as a reference to documents of identification or citizenship.

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Better Understanding the Islamic Calendar

It is in our nature to search for significance in the passing of each day, month, and year. But how many of us can truly say that we understand all of the commemorated dates of the Islamic Calendar? Can you list them off of the top of your head? Do you observe and / or […]

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The Chandelier of Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Coatesville Pennsylvania is home of an exact replica of an ornate chandelier that is found in the masjid of the prophet Mohammed PBUH in Medina. In our podcast interview, Mohammed Jamaludeen tells the story of how his good friend, was able to erect the masjid with the help of physicians in Egypt who saved his life while he was battling kidney disease on his way to umrah.

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Unapologetically Muslim: Islam, Leadership, and Service

In an effort to explore the intricacies of the Muslim American Identity, we interviewed William Antoun Salame, the Outreach Director for the Islamic Organization of North American. In his interview, he reveals that the characteristics taught to Muslims by the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) (democracy, justice, equality, leadership, service, and integrity) are identical to the characteristics we […]

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