Umma

Umma (Arabic, plural, umam) designates a people or community; a powerful and sometimes a visionary concept of Islam. Although the word has various uses in the Qur’an, it principally designates social … Read more

The world of the jinn

by Jala Nyela (Editorial Note: The material within this article is based upom Islamic befief.) Throughout history man has always had a deep attraction for the supernatural and the unseen. The … Read more

Salat

Salat is the ritual worship of the Muslim community; as worship through prayer, and it is distinguished from du’a, personal prayer or supplication by an individual or group. The words of … Read more

Qibla

Qibla is, in general, the direction of Mecca, more specifically the Ka’ba, towards which each Muslim must turn in order to perform the salat validly. In a mosque the qibla is marked … Read more

Islamic prayer

In Islam, prayer is a practical expression of the ash Shahada, the witness that there is no Allah but Allah. Since all life comes from him, the only appropriate response is thanksgiving and … Read more

Muhammad

Muhammad ibn Abd Allah (570-632) is the last of the Prophets from whose proclamation of Qur’an Islam derives. Muhammad was born in Mecca in the Year of the Elephant, or … Read more

Khalifa

Khalifa (Arabic, succeed) is normally considered to be a successor or representative; often pronounced Caliph. Kalifa, as frequently used in the Qur’an, refers to those who enter into the blessings … Read more

Jinns

In Arabian and Muslim folklore jinns are ugly and evil demons having supernatural powers which they can bestow on persons having powers to call them up. In the Western world … Read more

Ibrahim

In Islam, and the Qur’an, Ibrahim is the counterpart to Abraham. He is a prophet who along with his son Isma’il (Ishmael) restored the the original monotheistic worship at Kaba and Mecca. … Read more

Iblis

Iblis, Lucifer Islam Iblis is the name for the devil in the Qur’an. Although the term “devil” comes from the Greek diabolos, the Muslims derived the name from the Arabic, balasa, “he … Read more

Hadith

Hadith, Arabian, ‘narrative,’ in English can be both singular and plural, is the Muslin traditional accounts of the words, deeds or silent approval of Muhammad during the period of his teaching, but … Read more

Five pillars of Islam

Thе Five Pіllаrѕ оf Islam аrе the five rеlіgіоuѕ dutіеѕ еxресtеd of еvеrу Muslim. The fіvе pillars аrе mеntіоnеd individually thrоughоut thе Qurаn аnd thеу are lіѕtеd together in thе Hadith … Read more

Falsafa

Falsafa (Arabic falsafa from Greek philosophia) is the pursuit of philosophy in Islam. The Muslin delight in philosophy, especially in the early centuries, resides on the prevalent concept of divine creation; that is, … Read more

Din

Din (Arabic) is defined a life-way or religion particularly in Islam. The word as used in the Qur’an is probably derived from a Christian source which had previously been barrowed … Read more

Dervishes

Dervishes were a sect of Mohammedian priests, occasionally exercising a semi-esoteric doctrine, and their “paths” or systems were of great antiquity, perhaps originating in Persia and/or Egypt, which strongly resembled … Read more

Adam and Hawa

Who were Adam and Hawa The creation of the first man and woman in Islam is similar to that of Judaism. In the creation story of the Qur’an Adam is formed of dried … Read more