December 6, 2023

Here are accounts of seven well known celebrities who embraced Islam later in life. Muhammed Ali   Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. Beyond his prowess in the boxing ring, Ali’s life was marked by a series of significant personal and ideological transformations. One of the most pivotal moments in his life came in 1975 when he made the decision to... Read more

October 5, 2023

The positive interrelatedness between spiritual practice and mental health has been widely studied and recognized in various cultures and religions across the world. Here are some key points highlighting this connection: 1. Stress Reduction Spiritual practices often involve mindfulness, meditation, and prayer. Engaging in these activities can significantly reduce stress levels. Regular practice trains the mind to be calm and focused, reducing the production of stress hormones.  In Islam, it is stated in the holy Quran,  “those who believe and... Read more

May 4, 2023

Throughout history, humans have engaged in the universal practice of prayer. It is a form of communication with a higher power that transcends cultural, religious, and geographical boundaries. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in understanding the role of prayer in people’s lives and its impact on mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. To address this, a comprehensive survey commissioned by Skylight was conducted by City Square Associates. By gathering data from a diverse sample of individuals across... Read more

February 22, 2023

Islam is a religion that emphasizes the importance of maintaining strong relationships, especially between spouses. The Quranic verse (30:21) says, “And among His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your hearts.” This verse highlights the importance of love, mercy, and tranquility in a relationship, and shows that these qualities are an integral part of a successful marriage. In today’s... Read more

January 31, 2023

On February 1st each year, the world pauses to recognize World Hijab Day – an international observance day dedicated to promoting religious freedom and respect for Muslim women. This special day was founded in 2013 by Nazma Khan which serves as a reminder of why hijab is worn: it’s both a signifier of dignity and empowerment! World Hijab Day is the perfect time to explore this captivating and often misunderstood cultural practice. The fundamental meaning of ‘hijab’ in Arabic is... Read more

October 27, 2022

Hijab is often seen as a symbol of modesty, religious devotion, empowerment and independence. Although hijabs have been worn by Muslim women for centuries, there is still a great deal of debate surrounding them.  In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of women choosing to wear hijabs in public places, despite opposition from some quarters. But there also a section of Muslim women who feel that hijabs are a sign of oppression and they are doing... Read more

September 27, 2022

There’s no easy answer when it comes to how religion should be portrayed in the news media. On one hand, there’s a need to be respectful of people’s beliefs and not offend or hurt sentiments. On the other hand, there’s a need to report on religious stories accurately and fairly, without bias. It can be a delicate balance, but it’s one that needs to be achieved. With so much religious diversity in the world, it’s important that the news media... Read more

September 21, 2022

In a world where the mainstream idea of love is often based on media portrayals and fairytales, it can be easy to forget that love comes in many different forms. For Muslims, the concept of love is guided by Islamic teachings and principles. While there is no single definitive understanding of love in Islam, the Quran does provide some guidance on the matter. Let’s take a look at what Islam has to say about romantic love. The Quran on Romantic... Read more

September 7, 2022

Religious literacy is having knowledge of other religions in the world and their beliefs. It means to have a basic understanding of religious histories, some important scriptures and their meaning, practices and the lifestyle of diverse faiths. This will allow for open-mindedness, empathy, and respect when engaging with people of different faiths. Many conflicts and misunderstandings could be avoided if everyone took the time to learn about religious literacy. Why is religious literacy so important? From my experience, religious literacy... Read more

August 12, 2022

For some people, the global pandemic has been a time of reflection and strengthened religious beliefs. For others, it has been a time of doubt and questioning. COVID-19 has forced people to confront their mortality, and for some, this has led to a renewed sense of faith. Those who already had strong religious beliefs may have found them even more strengthened during this time. The pandemic can be seen as a test of faith, and those who have come through... Read more

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