Umm Muhammad

Translator of the popular Saheeh International, the meaning of Qur'an in English, and author of many books. She has offered all her books for free in the PDF format and they are available on Muslim Ink's Books section.

How Hijab Became Controversial In The 20th Century

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When Muslim populations finally began to awaken after a long period of stagnation, blind acceptance of custom, and deep deficiencies in both secular and religious education, they found before them a system of well-established accredited western institutions offering everything one needed to succeed in worldly life, while Islamic education had been reduced to sanctified tradition…...

What the Qur’an Says about Gender Roles

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And do not wish for that by which Allāh has made some of you exceed others.  For men is a share of what they have earned, and for women is a share of what they have earned.  And ask Allāh of His bounty.  Indeed Allāh is ever, of all things, Knowing.  (Qur’an, 4:32) This verse…...

What Is The Purpose Of Worship And Why Should People Worship At All?

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The idea of servitude has become distasteful to the modern secular mind-set which concerns itself with individual liberties.  Some might say that humanity has no need to worship, and that doing so compromises freedom.  They forget, however, that absolute freedom is neither possible or even desirable for all members of a society, and that is…...

50 Answers to Common Questions About Islam

No one can deny that Islam is very much in the spotlight today. In spite of extremely negative portrayals by western media or perhaps because of them, increasing numbers of people are seeking to find out more about it. And more often than not, they are being pleasantly surprised by the fruits of their research…....

Illness and disability: A reminder of our temporary life

Sickness and death are the most powerful reminders that man’s stay in this world is temporary and that he was not created to settle here into a life of pleasure and ease.  If this world, with its many adventures and various stopovers, is but a journey toward the permanent and everlasting home, the traveler has…...

What is Islam?

“Islām” is an Arabic word which means peaceful, willing submission – submission to the code of conduct ordained by God.  So Islam is a religion, but it is also a complete way of life based upon a voluntary relationship between an individual and his Creator.  It is the way of life ordained by God which…...

What is wrong with Muslims celebrating Christmas

Quite a number of Muslims today, especially those living in Christian dominated countries or those influenced to a large degree by western culture, have been led to consider that taking part in the Christmas celebrations of friends and relatives is, at very least, a harmless pastime if not a legitimate source of pleasure for children…...

How To Understand Allah’s Will And Decree

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When Allah says in the Qur’ān that He guides whom He wills and leaves astray whom He wills, it means that He guides those who seek and respond to His guidance: “Those who strive in Our way, We shall guide them to Our paths.”1 And He leaves astray those who intentionally and persistently reject His…...

Which acts of worship are best in Islam?

Which acts of worship are best in Islam

Since worship in Islam is so comprehensive, one might wonder which kinds are best and most pleasing to Allah, which ones have the highest rank and draw one closest to Allah. The scholar, Ibn al-Qayyim gave a detailed answer to this question, mentioning the practices of those who have embarked upon that path along with…...

A Conflict of Cultures: Being Muslim in the 21st Century

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WE all recognize that humanity lives crowded together in an increasingly small world of many cultures.  It is no longer possible for a Muslim to isolate himself completely from the influences of alien civilizations or from the impact of corrupt environments no matter where he happens to live.     Western culture, in particular, has…...