Religious Concepts Articles covering a wide range of Islamic and religious topics.

Why Pray?

In his discourse on prayer in An Elementary Study of Islam, Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (rh) quotes from chapter 29, verse 46 of the Holy Qur’an: “Verily, Prayer prevents the...

Buddhism: My Prayer Experience

On a warm Sunday afternoon, warm enough to be lazy, I sat in a somewhat awkward lotus position with Venerable Lee, a respected elder at a Buddhist Monastery on east coast of...

Prayer in Hinduism

When I reflect on my understanding of prayer in Hindu religion, the first thing that comes to mind is the religious origins of yoga. Having taken a yoga class in high school and a...

Al-Fatiha: The Most Comprehensive Prayer

Prayer, by definition, is “a solemn request for help or expres- sion of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.” (1) The concept of prayer exists in every faith in...

Prayers for Healing

Prophet Abraham (as) bears witness in the Holy Qur’an: “And when I fall ill, it is He (Allah) Who restores me to health.”(1) Indeed, we find everyday instances of people...

Jewish and Muslim Prayer Traditions

While prayer is, unfortunately, becoming a lost art in many parts of the world, it is as essential to human nature as the quest for God Himself. It is therefore not surprising...

The Islamic Solution to World Hunger

By Shazia Sohail While there are many factors that contribute to poverty in the Third World the major ones are easy to spot. Firstly, wealth is concentrated, mostly in the form of...

Tolerance: Its Importance in Social Life

Society is formed by groups of individuals who possess different elements that make them human. We all have our unique characteristics and personalities that make us different...

What is the Spirit? An Islamic Perspective

  By Mubasher Ahmad, M.A., LL.B. In the Arabic language in which the Holy Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (sa), there are two words commonly used for human life....

Spiritualism or Organized Religion

By Rabia Salim As a parent and now a teacher, a term that I have come across a lot in the classroom over the last five years is mindfulness, and it makes me think of yoga and...