These are two main factors that shape the development of our personalities. The first is our nafs – our genetic characteristics. We were all created with our unique inborn characteristics, impulses, strengths and weaknesses. These natural desires determine our likes, dislikes, a large part of our disposition and our inbuilt strengths and weaknesses. These genetic… Continue reading Nature ~ Nurture
Imam al-Qurtubī mentions in his exhaustive work regarding what happens after death, al-Tadhkira fī Ahwāl al-Mawtā wa Umūr al-Ākhira, that the souls of Believers will meet one other in the skies. This is similar to what Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya mentions in Kitab al-Rūh about the souls of the deceased meeting one another, visiting one another,… Continue reading This happens to the soul after death.
Today, teenagers and young adults go through life with three or four different faces and personalities, depending on who they are with. Like chameleons, they skillfully alter themselves in order to adapt to their high pressure environments and the various demands that originate from their bosses, parents, spouses, family and friends. Life has become a… Continue reading Do you know yourself?
We all have our own trigger points which can make us lose our temper. Sometimes, a person can appear calm and suddenly start shouting just because the waiter mixed up his order. Or a parent starts screaming at his child for a small mistake just because he had a bad day at work. Many times,… Continue reading Controlling your Anger
Once Allah bestows you with His quality, you will be closer to Allah. With this closeness, Allah will be for you every step of the way. He will guard, love you and protect you. According to riwayah, Musa AS fell asleep while tending to the sheep in the desert. When he woke up, he was shocked… Continue reading Safeguarding the Love
When assessing one's intelligence in the scope of Islam, do you know the benchmarks which have been applied by the early Muslim scholars? In this world there are those who are academically brilliant, but spiritually and in matters of his personality, are actually stunted. So what are the determining factors under Islam? The intelligent possesses… Continue reading The Intelligent and the Foolish
From childhood to the moment we leave this earth, we are conditioned to think in the way of the world. A world that is characterised by limits, finite in its very nature. From the colossal star that lights our days, provides the conditions required for life and keeps us circling a steady orbit, to the… Continue reading Love and Limits
When we look at what is happening in the world, do we realise how small our problems are in comparison to a refugee who has to sleep in the mud or freezing weather? What about those who lost their homes overnight because of a natural disaster? The persons who are told by their doctors that… Continue reading The big picture
Are we ready to understand and place value on the qualities of Allah? How do we value the knowledge that we receive and the value that we place on ourselves? If we belong to Allah, Allah will elevate us in every aspect. That elevation is not earned by our beauty and bank accounts, but according… Continue reading Valuing the knowledge in a difficult enviroment
What is the connection between good and evil with the calamities of this world, such as natural disasters and famine? Allah has provided ample resources for everyone on earth to live in comfort. However, these resources are often monopolized by the rich. They do not reach the poor because of the failure to distribute them… Continue reading What about Natural Disasters?