Reconnect with Food by Hanan Badri

Learn how our food creator from France creates an irresistible french omelet for suhoor and a creamy baked potato classic for iftar this Ramadan.

Suhoor: French Omelet

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 25 gram of butter
  • Some chives for garnish
  • Emmental cheese
  • Salt

Preparation:

  • Crack the eggs in a bowl
  • Whisk eggs until completely liquid
  • Add a pinch of salt
  • Melt the butter at medium heat
  • Pour eggs as soon as the butter melts
  • Keep stirring and evening out the eggs
  • Add cheese to your preferences
  • Bring the pan to you and start rolling the omelet with a spatula
  • Smother it with some more butter
  • Cut some chives and garnish it on top of the omelet
  • Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Iftar: Tartiflette

Ingredients:

  • 400 gram potatoes
  • 4 onions
  • 100 gram ham*
  • 1/2 reblochon
  • 25 gram butter
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation:

  • Cut the potatoes, onions as shown in the video
  • Wash the cut potatoes to remove the starch
  • Dry out the potatoes
  • Boil salted water for the potatoes
  • Melt the butter for the onions
  • Cook until caramelized
  • Cook the sliced ham
  • Take off the potatoes when they’re easily cut with a knife
  • In a small glass tray, layer 1/2 of the onions followed by some potatoes
  • Repeat the previous step until the potatoes and onions are finished
  • Then put some sliced ham on top followed by the reblochon with crush facing up.
  • Then finish it up by putting in the remaining sliced ham
  • Cook in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes
  • Serve and enjoy!
*Halal Ham

Reconnect with Food by Rabia Rashad

Learn how our food creator from Europe creates a starch and carbohydrate rich potato-based savoury suhoor and iftar this Ramadan.

Suhoor: Potato Hash

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • (550g) 2 large potatoes peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 teaspoon spring onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dried thymes as needed
  • 1 tablespoon crumbly cheese
  • 2 eggs

Preparation:

  • Preheat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Add potatoes, season with salt and black pepper, toss to coat with oil
  • Place a lid on the pan and allow the potatoes to cook covered for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and increase the heat to medium high.
  • Add butter, onion and bell pepper.
  • Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes and vegetables turn golden brown.
  • Season with cumin and thymes.
  • Make two holes to poach 2 eggs and add some crumbly cheese.
  • Sprinkle some dried thyme leaves.
  • Cover with for a few minutes just enough to cook the eggs.
  • Top with spring onions.

    Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Iftar: Cheesy Chicken and Potato Bake with White Sauce

Ingredients:

  • (324 gram) 2 chicken breasts, cut in small dices
  • (600 gram) 2-3 large potatoes, cut in half inch thick slices
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce or tomato paste
  • (45 gram) 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 400 milliliter milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • Dried basil leaves for topping
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Preparation:

Baked Potatoes

  • Preheat the oven to 330°F/165°C.
  • Add the potatoes in an oven tray. Season them with dried thyme, salt, pepper, paprika powder and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Make sure all of them are covered with spices and oil.
  • Roast them for the next 20-30 minutes.

Chicken

  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onions and chicken and cook it for 6-7 minutes.
  • Season with cumin powder, garlic powder, red chilli powder, salt.
  • Stir well until well combined then add diced bell pepper.
  • Add the tomato sauce, stir, and leave it on heat for 2 more minutes.

White Sauce

  • Melt the butter in a skillet.
  • Slowly add the flour, while vigorously whisking, so it can be absorbed into the butter.
  • Gradually pour the milk and keep whisking until the sauce becomes smooth and thick.
  • Season with salt, black pepper and dried oregano, and turn off the heat.

    Bake
  • Transfer roasted potatoes in a large casserole.
  • Top them with the cooked chicken.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  • Sprinkle grated mozzarella and cheddar cheese.
  • Top with dried basil leaves.
  • Slide the tray into the oven for the next 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbly.

Serve and enjoy!

Reconnect with Food by Rouba Shahin

Learn how our food creator from the Middle East whips up delectable savoury muffins for suhoor and chicken pies for iftar this Ramadan.

Suhoor: Zaatar and Cheese Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 25 gram melted butter
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 400 gram feta crumbled
  • 125 gram halloumi cheese diced
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves shredded
  • 1/4 cup chives chopped
  • 1 tablespoon zaatar
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dry mint
  • Black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 3 cups self-raising flour sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 180°.
  • Whisk eggs and add all ingredients except for the flour and baking powder. Mix well.
  • Add flour and baking powder, and fold in until the dry and wet ingredients are well combined.
  • Spoon the mixture into prepared muffin tin. This dish is meant to be rustic, do not flatten the mixture once poured into the tin.
  • Rest for ten minutes and then bake in preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Serve.


Iftar: Musakhan Chicken Style Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken cut into ¼
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 medium onions diced
  • 3 teaspoons sumac
  • 1 teaspoon Bharat/Allspice
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • Salt to season
  • 2-3 ready-made puff pastry sheets (thawed)
  • 4 large potatoes
  • 50 gram unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (extra)

Preparation:

Musakhan Chicken

  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Place the yogurt, cumin, and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Pour over the yogurt mixture and combine well.
  • Arrange the chicken skin-side up in a baking dish. 
  • Roast in preheated oven for approximately 30-35 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Remove, shred, and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, place the oil in a frying pan, sauté onions on medium heat for approximately 10 minutes, stirring from time to time, until the onions soften and are lightly golden but not caramelised.
  • Remove from heat, add the sumac, bharat, and chilli.  Mix well.
  • Combine the onion mixture with the shredded chicken.

Mashed Potatoes

  • Cut the potatoes in large chunks and cook in boiling salted water until tender and soft.
  • In a small saucepan heat, place the butter and milk over low heat until butter is melted. Blend the buttery milk mixture with the cooked potatoes and mash until smooth and creamy.
  • Season with salt and pepper.

Pastry Filling

  • Grease the pan’s base and sides to line a 26-centimeter springform tin with puff pastry.
  • Place your springform tin over the pastry sheet and cut around the base.
  • Place the round pastry sheet inside the tin.
  • With the second pastry sheet, cut a long strip as wide as the rim of the tin and, place it around the edge of the pie tin.
  • Gently press the edges of the base and rim together with your fingers to seal. 
  • Spoon the filling into the pie tin.
  • Top with mashed potatoes, and sprinkle with black sesame.
  • Drizzle with extra olive oil and bake in preheated oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the pastry is cooked and golden in colour.

    Serve.

Ramadan Around the World #3: Just Do It! Words of A Revert

This Ramadan we share with you a bird’s eye view of personal Muslim stories from across the globe. 

An introverted European revert shares his caffeine crunch, the approaching dread and zeal of fasting during his first Ramadan, and the exchange of Dutch and Malay cultures through iftar. 


As a Muslim revert, you can often feel alone, and I certainly have felt this way especially in the early years after converting. When you are going through a significant and life-changing event you have the natural urge to share it with others. For my non-Muslim family members it was hard to understand the concept of Ramadan beyond not eating and drinking whereas for my Muslim family members Ramadan has become second nature.

It was sometimes difficult going through all these new feelings and emotions without a proper outlet. This is not to say that there is no outlet at all. In fact, there are amazing communities where fellow reverts can get together and discuss anything and everything related to Islam. In Singapore, there is ‘The Converts Central’ podcast that focuses on sharing lessons learnt from stories told and challenges experienced by converts.

As a convert, going to the mosques in touristy areas of Singapore, I was often seen as a tourist (who can blame them), but after growing a beard and becoming a regular at the mosque nearby my workplace, others’ perception of me changed.

I think as a non-local convert you will always get the odd stare, but this is something that you learn to deal with over time. I have learned to not see it as a negative, but more as a curiosity.

I reverted to Islam in September of 2013, a month after Ramadan that same year. Fortunately that meant I had almost a whole year of practicing Islam before the next Ramadan. In anticipation of Ramadan I would often ask people for advice or tips: “How to survive Ramadan?” 

I still saw the approaching month of Ramadan as something to dread or worry about. I had never ever fasted. Often, people would advise me to try fasting for a day or to start Ramadan by fasting half-days.

Personally, I never saw fasting half-days as an option so I went ahead with the most common advice: “Just do it”.

However, as a heavily caffeinated individual, I wish someone had recommended slowly reducing my caffeine intake in the weeks leading up to Ramadan. It took me quite a while to get used to the withdrawal headaches which worsened the feelings of dread.

Once my body and mind adjusted to fasting from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm every day, I started feeling the sweetness of Ramadan. While the feelings of dread just melted away, what helped a lot was the realisation that it was not just me going through this. In fact, there is a huge community out there and we were all celebrating Ramadan, together. 

Alhamdulillah, over the years I have learned to manage my own expectations and found an outlet for my thoughts and feelings in prayer and self-reflection. These days, I look forward to Ramadan.

I have always felt privileged as a revert. My non-Muslim family embraced my new identity while my Muslim family welcomed me with open-arms. My employers have been accepting; they let me pray and fast.

Moreover, I am fortunate to live in a country where you are never more than 10 minutes away from a mosque and never more than a minute away from a nice halal meal.

Al-Abrar mosque in Singapore where I did most of my first prayers.
Al-Abrar mosque in Singapore where I did most of my first prayers.

After four years of embracing Islam, I returned home, to the Netherlands. It was an odd experience. As a Muslim, I felt foreign in my own country. The things that I used to eat, I was no longer allowed to enjoy; the festivities that we celebrated as a family were no longer proper for a Muslim.

Being a Muslim in a non-Muslim household was unusual. I suddenly missed my bidet, a lot! I also learned that doing ablution in wintery weather is no fun either. Nonetheless, I look forward to celebrating Ramadan in my home country someday, perhaps in 2033 when Maghrib is at 4:30 in the afternoon. In terms of cultural differences, I realised that the standard European/Dutch greeting (3 kisses on the cheek) is no longer appropriate for Muslims, especially when greeting those of a different gender. 

As an introverted revert — maybe an introrevert — Eid has been a bittersweet holiday for me. When Eid arrives, our lives go back to normal, but not before eating back all the weight we lost during Ramadan. 

The local culture of visiting relatives and friends has always been slightly nightmarish. In the weeks after Eid, every weekend will be full of visits to houses of relatives, colleagues and friends. As Tim, I am only asked two questions: “Can you speak Malay?” and “Can you eat spicy food?”. However, as Nasir, I expect a lot of questions during these visits. Perhaps, about my Ramadan experiences or on my knowledge of Islam. The last two Eid celebrations have been oddly quiet due to the ongoing pandemic, but I am looking forward to seeing people again and eating delicious food!

Multicultural iftar (evening meal after sunset during Ramadan) meal.
Multicultural iftar (evening meal after sunset during Ramadan) meal.

Every year, I look forward to my mother-in-law’s home-cooked sambal goreng, which consists of bean curds or tofu, long beans and tempeh, made of fermented soybeans, fried in chilli. I love to share a little bit of my own culture and cuisine by cooking for my family and guests; I bake a Dutch apple pie or make a hearty beef stew. 

Muslim baby in semi-traditional garbs
Baharudin, in semi-traditional garbs

This Eid is going to be especially different for me as it will be the first Eid where we can bring along our son, Baharudin. It is going to be his third Eid, but for many of our friends and relatives it will be the first time seeing him.

Written by: Tim J.
Curated by: Muslim Pro

About the writer,
Tim, 34, is originally from the Netherlands. He is currently working in Singapore as a Marketing specialist in a technology company. The love of his wife also helped him find his way back to Islam.

The Art of Giving: Zakat, Sadaqah and Muwasaat

Ramadan is almost here, at our doorstep. Our hearts are full as we eagerly await this month full of barakah. While we prepare to gather and increase the number of our deeds, this is the month we also maximize our efforts in helping our underprivileged brothers and sisters.

How can we help ourselves and others, especially during this month?

When we share and give to others, we show our gratitude to Allah for blessing us. 

Zakat is the third pillar of Islam and is obligatory annually; specifically during the month of Ramadan. However, there are two other non-obligatory ways you can share your wealth and blessings all around the year too through sadaqah and muwasaat.

The Art of Giving

1. Zakat

zakat

Paying zakat is obligatory for a Muslim. Zakat Al-Mal and Zakat ul Fitr are the two kinds of zakat payable by Muslims. Zakat mostly deals in material wealth. The minimum amount of zakat you must give is 2.5% but there is no upper limit. For those who knowingly deny zakat, Allah says,

وَلَا يَحْسَبَنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ يَبْخَلُونَ بِمَآ ءَاتَىٰهُمُ ٱللَّهُ مِن فَضْلِهِۦ هُوَ خَيْرًا لَّهُم ۖ بَلْ هُوَ شَرٌّ لَّهُمْ ۖ سَيُطَوَّقُونَ مَا بَخِلُوا۟ بِهِۦ يَوْمَ ٱلْقِيَـٰمَةِ ۗ وَلِلَّهِ مِيرَٰثُ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ

 And let not those who [greedily] withhold what Allah has given them of His bounty ever think that it is better for them. Rather, it is worse for them. Their necks will be encircled by what they withheld on the Day of Resurrection. And to Allah belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth. And Allah, of what you do, is [fully] Aware.

 [Surah -Ali ‘Imran, 3:180]

According to Muslim jurists, zakat cannot be given to the rich, those capable but unwilling to work, non-Muslims who fight against Islam, one’s own family (wife, children, descendants, ancestors), and the family of the Prophet ﷺ. 

However, the Quran mentions who may receive zakat, 

۞ إِنَّمَا ٱلصَّدَقَـٰتُ لِلْفُقَرَآءِ وَٱلْمَسَـٰكِينِ وَٱلْعَـٰمِلِينَ عَلَيْهَا وَٱلْمُؤَلَّفَةِ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَفِى ٱلرِّقَابِ وَٱلْغَـٰرِمِينَ وَفِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ وَٱبْنِ ٱلسَّبِيلِ ۖ فَرِيضَةً مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ حَكِيمٌ

Zakāh expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed for it1 and for bringing hearts together [for Islām] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the [stranded] traveler – an obligation [imposed] by Allah. And Allah is Knowing and Wise.

[Surah At-Tawbah, 9:60]

Four types of people are exempted from paying zakat: the poor, the indigent, the debt-ridden, and slaves.

2. Sadaqah

sadaqah

Sadaqah is a voluntary act of giving unlike zakat. There is no limit to when and how much sadaqah one can give. Sadaqah or charity is not restricted only to wealth. There are different types of sadaqah as mentioned by the Prophet ﷺ, 

حَدَّثَنَا عَبَّاسُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الْعَظِيمِ الْعَنْبَرِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا النَّضْرُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ الْجُرَشِيُّ الْيَمَامِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا عِكْرِمَةُ بْنُ عَمَّارٍ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو زُمَيْلٍ، عَنْ مَالِكِ بْنِ مَرْثَدٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ أَبِي ذَرٍّ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ تَبَسُّمُكَ فِي وَجْهِ أَخِيكَ لَكَ صَدَقَةٌ وَأَمْرُكَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَنَهْيُكَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ صَدَقَةٌ وَإِرْشَادُكَ الرَّجُلَ فِي أَرْضِ الضَّلاَلِ لَكَ صَدَقَةٌ وَبَصَرُكَ لِلرَّجُلِ الرَّدِيءِ الْبَصَرِ لَكَ صَدَقَةٌ وَإِمَاطَتُكَ الْحَجَرَ وَالشَّوْكَةَ وَالْعَظْمَ عَنِ الطَّرِيقِ لَكَ صَدَقَةٌ وَإِفْرَاغُكَ مِنْ دَلْوِكَ فِي دَلْوِ أَخِيكَ لَكَ صَدَقَةٌ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ وَفِي الْبَابِ عَنِ ابْنِ مَسْعُودٍ وَجَابِرٍ وَحُذَيْفَةَ وَعَائِشَةَ وَأَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ‏.‏ قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ غَرِيبٌ ‏.‏ وَأَبُو زُمَيْلٍ اسْمُهُ سِمَاكُ بْنُ الْوَلِيدِ الْحَنَفِيُّ ‏.‏

Abu Dharr narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:

“Your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is charity, your giving directions to a man lost in the land is charity for you. Your seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is charity for you. Your pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is charity for you.”

[Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1956]

The benefits of sadaqah are plenty, as Rasulullah ﷺ also says, 

وَعَنْ عَلِيٍّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «بَادِرُوا بِالصَّدَقَةِ فَإِنَّ الْبَلَاءَ لَا يَتَخَطَّاهَا» . رَوَاهُ رَزِينٌ

Ali reported God’s messenger as saying,

“Give the sadaqah without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.*”

*The idea is that it acts as a barrier beyond which calamity cannot pass>>

Razln transmitted it.

[Mishkat al-Masabih 1887]

3. Muwasaat

muwasaat, sharing,

Muwasaat means cooperating. Helping a fellow Muslim or Muslimah in need and extending material support to them. It has great importance, as it plates a vital role in the betterment of our community. Though non-obligatory, it is an essential virtue for Muslims to cultivate.

It is a concept that deals with giving without expectations. It is not zakat as it is not money, and it is not sadaqah as well. The Prophet ﷺ says, 

وَعَنْ أَنَسٍ قَالَ: لَمَّا قَدِمَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الْمَدِينَةَ أَتَاهُ الْمُهَاجِرُونَ فَقَالُوا: يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ مَا رَأَيْنَا قَوْمًا أَبْذَلَ مِنْ كَثِيرٍ وَلَا أَحْسَنَ مُوَاسَاةً مِنْ قَلِيلٍ مِنْ قَوْمٍ نَزَلْنَا بَيْنَ أَظْهُرِهِمْ: لَقَدْ كَفَوْنَا المؤونة وَأَشْرَكُونَا فِي الْمَهْنَأِ حَتَّى لَقَدْ خِفْنَا أَنْ يَذْهَبُوا بِالْأَجْرِ كُلِّهِ فَقَالَ: «لَا مَا دَعَوْتُمُ اللَّهَ لَهُمْ وَأَثْنَيْتُمْ عَلَيْهِمْ» . رَوَاهُ التِّرْمِذِيُّ وَصَحَّحَهُ

Anas said that when God’s Messenger came to Medina the Emigrants came to him and said, “Messenger of God, we have never seen people more liberal out of abundance or better in giving help when they have little than a people among whom we have settled. They have removed our trouble and shared with us their pleasant things so that we are afraid they will get the whole reward.” He replied, ‘No, as long as you make supplication to God for them and express commendation of them*.”

* They have no reason to fear that the Ansar will get all the reward from God so long as due expression of thanks is made.

Tirmidhi transmitted it saying that it is sahih.

[Mishkat al-Masabih 3026]

Muwasaat is only for fellow Muslims, to share what you have, unlike Zakat and sadaqah where you give away from the excess you have.

The Purpose of Giving

حَدَّثَنَا خَلاَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ، عَنْ أَبِي بُرْدَةَ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ أَبِي بُرْدَةَ، عَنْ جَدِّهِ، عَنْ أَبِي مُوسَى، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ إِنَّ الْمُؤْمِنَ لِلْمُؤْمِنِ كَالْبُنْيَانِ، يَشُدُّ بَعْضُهُ بَعْضًا ‏”‏‏.‏ وَشَبَّكَ أَصَابِعَهُ‏.‏

Narrated Abu Musa:

The Prophet ﷺ said, “A faithful believer to a faithful believer is like the bricks of a wall, enforcing each other.” While (saying that) the Prophet ﷺ clasped his hands, by interlacing his fingers.

[Sahih al-Bukhari 481]

Islam encourages us to realize the values of togetherness within society at large. So why not think of our brothers and sisters and benefit them as much as we can? If you cannot give anything material, volunteer and give your heart and time to welfare communities. Strive to have a heart that shares, no matter your circumstance. Remember, no matter how small your deed, Allah is All-knowing.

Ramadan Around The World #1: Haram Zakat and Humility


This Ramadan we share with you a bird’s eye view of personal Muslim stories from across the globe. 

A funny convert from California shares her struggles: learning about zakat, paying for expensive pork sandwiches, and attaining true humility during Ramadan.


A 15-year-old experience makes me chuckle, and you, dear reader, are one of the first to hear it. I had not undergone any formal Islamic training and had converted 3 or 4 years prior. 

I was a teenager, the only Muslim in my family. Amazon had just started selling things other than books about 5 years earlier and nobody was carrying a smartphone. Islamic books and study materials were hard to come by so I was constantly sifting through online forums, mostly on MySpace groups which were still quite popular then. These forums were often filled with well-meaning but confused, self-righteous Muslim youth, like myself, and discussions often left me with more questions than answers. Many mistook my common sense and compassionate disposition for actual knowledge. And, because other Muslims thought I was knowledgeable, so did I. 

I understood that during Ramadan one must pay zakat to help those in need. However, I was unaware that this was conditional. If you were as broke as I was, then there was no obligation. This was my first Ramadan with a job, working in customer service. I was paid about USD$ 8 an hour and felt financially responsible to pay zakat. I had read somewhere about giving food instead of money and decided to give food to the local homeless community.

I thought I would wait until after iftar, which was around 8 pm, to buy some sandwiches at Safeway (I had never even heard of zabiha meat) and distribute them. However, post-sunset this did put me in one of the seediest parts of town after dark. My best friend (non-Muslim) kindly agreed to help me.

There we were, ordering at the small deli in the corner of the store. I asked my friend, “How many sandwiches should I get?”

She glanced at me as if to say, “You’re the Muslim! This is your project!”

I had no idea how to calculate anything. What was enough? What was too little?

Thirteen. Yes, 13 seemed like a good number of sandwiches. Plus, Allah loves odd numbers!

It occurred to me that turkey is a bit bland so I had the man make some salami sandwiches as well. After all, salami was the best tasting sandwich in my opinion, even if I did not eat pork anymore.

Reality quickly set in about how much each sandwich cost. I am not sure why, perhaps it was my fatigued Ramadan brain, but somehow I had believed that because sandwiches are mostly bread, they would be less expensive.

My chest tightened as the little green numbers on the black monitor increased. Thirteen sandwiches was not 13, or even 30 dollars. Oh, no. Thirteen sandwiches cost a lot of money. Panic set in. My friend smiled. I smiled. Our eyebrows scrunched with undeniable concern but we were unable to make a peep about our consternation to the deli man who was bagging sandwiches like his life depended on it.

I paid what was probably about half my paycheck at the time. Was the heaviness I felt due to the amount I had just paid or was it the extra pickles?

Bags in hand, we left the store bewildered. “Wait, how should we even do this?”

My friend gave me the same expression. “This is your project!”

We got in my friend’s car and drove downtown to a homeless encampment.

We walked our way through the bustling streets, past the restaurants and cafes that were still open, and all the clothing stores and movie theaters. We made it to the other end of the main road by the bus station. College students and tourists were spilling out of bars, waiting in lines to see movies, partying in clouds of cigarette and marijuana smoke.

I had one mission: delivering these haram sandwiches to pay the zakat I did not owe with a high probability of getting mugged.

We distributed some to a crowd of very gracious folks resting nearby. A passerby approached us for bus fare. We did not have cash, so we gave him a sandwich. His wife came too; a sandwich for her, as well!

Was this how zakat worked? It did not matter.

I was channeling Muslim Oprah. Sandwiches for everyone! 

While giving away the last of our stash, two sightly drunken gentlemen swayed in front of us asking, “Arr the two o’ ya joost goin’ around givin’ sandwiches ta people?”

To which we paused and replied, “Yes?”

They stared incredulously for a while then said, “Well aren’t ya a couple o’ saints! That’s moity koind a ya!” One tipped his hat before they stumbled on their way. That made us smile as we headed swiftly to the car. Good deed accomplished!

I love this memory. Not only because it makes me smile, but because it makes me look back on a long period in my life when I was woefully ignorant of how to proceed in most things that had actual rules, like zakat. I cannot help but feel humbled and grateful to where Allah has led me since then.

For so long I wanted to be a “perfect” Muslim. The condescending ways many Muslims handled interactions with me as a convert eventually made me shy away from asking for any help. Doing so, in my mind, would have been a sign of weakness.

That only strengthened my drive to prove I knew what I was doing, even when I did not. I worked so hard at it that I even began fooling myself. But, as Aristotle famously put it, “The more I know, the more I know I don’t know.”

Understanding this did not happen quickly. It was not like a magic door opened and I suddenly became enlightened. It took many years of struggling. Struggling against my own ego and arrogance; sifting through knowledge that was contradictory or confusing, poorly translated; getting angry at the lack of help from others but simultaneously wanting to do everything on my own. It was like years of a kung fu training montage where the rookie keeps getting his behind handed to him by the sensei, but in this case I was the rookie and the sensei was time. And, just like every kung fu movie, as that rookie is at his lowest, something shifts and he finds strength he never knew he had.

The strength that Allah granted me then was the strength of true humility. Of true surrendering. Of realizing I knew nothing, that I was lost, that I needed Him, the acknowledgment that He chose me, that He was all I had, and that time and His patience with me is a Divine gift.

Written by: Qoqa

Curated by: Muslim Pro

About the writer
This 32-year-old convert shares an early Ramadan experience after she converted to Islam nearly 2 decades ago. A stay-at-home mom, she currently focuses on helping and encouraging other converts to overcome typical challenges by sharing hilarious anecdotes and relatable memes on @funny memoirs of a convert on Instagram.  

10 Facts About Ramadan to Share with Your Non-Muslim Friends: Part II

We are only a week away from the holiest month in Islam. Fasting for an entire day? Going hungry from dusk to dawn? Well, share these facts with your curious non-Muslim folks and enlighten them. 

Last week we shared 10 wonderful facts. Here is the second installment of the 2-part series for you to share with your non-Muslim friends about Ramadan:

#1 Brain Booster

Fasting triggers a mild stress response in the brain. Guess what the brain does when stressed? It gets more active! This leads to more brain function, thus positively impacting mental well-being and increasing spiritual focus. 

#2 Combating Stress

While slight discomfort or changes activate the fight or flight responses a.k.a stress, fasting helps reverse the effect. After fasting for a few days, the body regulates the release of hormones with a higher level of endorphins and reduces the levels of cortisol resulting in better alertness. It also normalizes the adrenal glands and reduces sodium levels that help lower blood pressure.

#3 Natural Detoxification

Detoxification is a natural body process that involves the expulsion of toxins through various organs. Fat reserves are used when the body doesn’t consume food. These fat reserves release chemicals that are eliminated via the kidney, lungs, liver, colon, lymph glands, and skin. 

#4 Mild Dehydration

No matter the weather or place, not a drop of water is to be consumed. This can lead to dehydration. However, intermittent dehydration for 10-14 hours during a fasting day is not bad for our health. Our bodies have their own water conservation mechanisms; upon breaking fasts Muslims are encouraged to consume fluids to replenish their systems. Thus there are no fatal side effects from slight dehydration. 

#5 Patience and Peace

Fasting requires us to be patient. Multiple factors test our patience like striving for food, and keeping your routine stable without the consumption of food. Nonetheless, those who truly understand patience also earn inner peace and contentment. If one can control their hunger and desire for food, they can control other desires as well, such as their emotions, wants, etc. 

#6 Selflessness

The rich and poor alike feel hunger during Ramadan. It is a common realization among the masses of the needs of people around us. There are no separate rules for the rich or poor. All are equal in the eyes of God. Fasting helps suppress the need to boast about one’s self-worth and wealth. 

#7  Willpower

Fasting, apart from boosting mental wellness, helps strengthen willpower that only comes when we start conditioning ourselves to cope with challenges. While fasting in Ramadan helps us refrain from committing sins, it builds a sense of self-respect and confidence that aids in establishing willpower.

#8 Humanity

It is often assumed that pious or religious people prefer to spend their time solely immersed in acts of worship, aloof in a sanctuary or the mountain tops. However, Islam teaches us to achieve higher goals for humanity by living among others. You will find pious Muslim walking, mingling going about their daily life, and being spiritually conscious at the same time. 

#9 Moderation

Fasting is not about skipping meals and harming your health. In fact, extending the fast beyond the given times is discouraged. Allah says in the Quran, 

يَـٰبَنِىٓ ءَادَمَ خُذُوا۟ زِينَتَكُمْ عِندَ كُلِّ مَسْجِدٍ وَكُلُوا۟ وَٱشْرَبُوا۟ وَلَا تُسْرِفُوٓا۟ ۚ إِنَّهُۥ لَا يُحِبُّ ٱلْمُسْرِفِينَ

O children of Adam, take your adornment [i.e., wear your clothing] at every masjid, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.

[Surah Al-A’raf 7:31]

As much as Islam condemns extreme forms of withdrawals from sustenance, it equally encourages good health and habits. 

#10 Devotion to God

Ramadan is unique for Muslims because they believe strongly that all good deeds are done for themselves or others while fasting is an act of worship done solely for Allah. Attaining closeness to Allah is one of the primary objectives for practising Muslims. 

Islam is a religion of peace. There is no greater show of devotion than that of a practising Muslim during Ramadan. Our hectic lifestyles deprive us from taking a step back and living in the moment. Ramadan is the month that helps relax our racing minds and paces. It forces us to slow down and live in the moment.

Share this article with your colleagues, friends, and family. Then, head over to the connect website to leave comments and highlight any other interesting questions about Ramadan. May you have a blessed Ramadan and may your non-Muslim counterparts join you in making it more memorable. InshaAllah. 

Find the Hidden Treasures in the 99 Names of Allah

We often stumble upon stories of past finds and fortunes. Those of kings and ancient dynasties left behind to be discovered generations later. Or some treasures just lost to time, getting a mention once in a while. 

But what if there was a treasure trove for us all?

Available in such abundance that no matter how much we took, it would only increase? Ever wondered what that could be? 

Through different names, Allah directs us to perceive His presence and attributes around us. His names are not just names, they are a way of life! Our creator shares with us who He is so we can emulate his attributes to live a better life. 

Who Is Allah?

هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِى لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ عَـٰلِمُ ٱلْغَيْبِ وَٱلشَّهَـٰدَةِ ۖ هُوَ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ

هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِى لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ٱلْمَلِكُ ٱلْقُدُّوسُ ٱلسَّلَـٰمُ ٱلْمُؤْمِنُ ٱلْمُهَيْمِنُ ٱلْعَزِيزُ ٱلْجَبَّارُ ٱلْمُتَكَبِّرُ ۚ سُبْحَـٰنَ ٱللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ

هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلْخَـٰلِقُ ٱلْبَارِئُ ٱلْمُصَوِّرُ ۖ لَهُ ٱلْأَسْمَآءُ ٱلْحُسْنَىٰ ۚ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُۥ مَا فِى ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ ۖ وَهُوَ ٱلْعَزِيزُ ٱلْحَكِيمُ

He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, Knower of the unseen and the witnessed. He is the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Grantor of Security, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him.

He is Allah, the Creator, the Producer, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

[Surah Al-Hashr 59:22-24]

Allah is One, unique, incomparable. He has no son or partner. No animate or inanimate object has the right to be worshipped except Him. Every other deity is false. 

The Hidden Treasure

 “Allah loves His attributes and characteristics, and He loves to see the effects of His attributes on His slaves. As He is beautiful, so He loves beauty; as He is all-forgiving, He loves forgiveness; as He is generous, He loves generosity; as He is all-knowing, he loves the people of knowledge; as He is strong and powerful, so a strong believer is more beloved to Him than a weaker one; as He is Saboor (patient), so He loves those who have patience; as He is Shakuur (grateful), so He loves those who give thanks. As He loves those who have His characteristics, so He is with them, and this is a special and unique type of companionship.”

– Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

treasure chest, gold, wooden chest

This treasure is not invisible to the eye. It’s a part of your akhlaq. Allah wanted us to attain the best characteristics and live our best life. The best example is Prophet Muhammed ﷺ. Allah states in the Quran, 

وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ

And indeed, you are of a great moral character.

[Surah Al-Qalam 68:4]

As Muslims, we follow Rasulullah ﷺ, his Hadith, and Seerah. We unintentionally are becoming the people of Jannah. So the treasures lie within us. To learn, to practice, to apply. 

The Path to Paradise

When you set on the path to look for this treasure, do you know your destination? It is no other place than Jannah. Our lives are the obstacles; every moment on earth is an obstacle that hinders our path, but if we collect gems, face our obstacles and tread the path of life, picking on the treasures that Allah wants us to gather, InshaAllah we will reach His doorstep, with hands full of deeds.

Deeds (treasures) that are full of characteristics and learnings from the Quran and our Prophet. So learn His names, earn His names. For He is the one who will provide Eternal Refuge. 

7 Tips to Improve Your Kid’s Ramadan Experience

Ramadan is inching closer. As we prepare ourselves and our surroundings to immerse in the ibadah of Allah, let us not forget about the ones who look up to us for guidance, information, and lots of help — our children! 

If you are wondering: How to teach my children about Ramadan? Look no further: 

7 Simple Ways To Keep Kids Involved During The Month of Ramadan

1. Answer Their Questions

A household with multiple kids can lead to a hair-pulling situation during the month of Ramadan. Before the holy month descends, discuss and answer their queries:

  • Is it difficult to fast for Ramadan?
  • Are you allowed to use a phone during Ramadan?
  • What will I do for so many hours?
  • How many hours does the fast last?
  • How does the first day of fasting in Ramadan feel like?

Sit with them, explore the time zone in your city and country, and find out the timings for suhoor and iftar. Answer their questions to the best of your ability and repeat if you have to. It won’t be easy, but with patience comes the ability to face challenges and overcome them.

2. Explore Sunnah Practices

Ease your children into healthy conversations about Ramadan. Share sunnah practices that help them understand specific actions that might be out of the ordinary around the year.

  • Preparing suhoor and iftar together
  • Breaking fast with dates
  • Being more generous 
  • Praying taraweeh
  • Abstaining from getting angry at others and controlling negative thoughts
  • Performing good deeds that please Allah

3. Learning Different Ways of Ibadah

Praying 5 times a day, reciting the Quran, praying taraweeh, and more… In what ways can you help your child increase their ibadah during Ramadan?

  • Read the Quran as a family
  • Perform your prayers together
  • Listen to sermons and Islamic lectures
  • Learn the 99 names of Allah and understand their meanings 
  • Learn the health benefits of fasting and be mindful of actions

Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan tests our stamina and willpower too. To resist frustration and to shower your family and friends with love and compassion are also ways of performing ibadah

The Muslim Pro app has a Khatam feature that helps track you and your family’s khatam journey. 

4. Prioritize Tasks

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world change their lifestyle and practices from dusk to dawn. Adapting to something new is difficult for us, and it can be more difficult for children. 

  • Create a calendar
  • List tasks for the rest of the day
  • Create a reward system for when the kids complete a given task, like memorization of a surah or a tasbih or finishing a chore at home. 

5. Ramadan Friendly Activities

While adults may get busy praying and reciting the Quran, children may not be able to do that all day. 

  • Look for creative crafts on social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram
  • Read age-relevant books by Muslim authors
  • Decorate the house
  • Plan and make Eid cards for friends and family
  • Create a surprise-filled 30-day Ramadan calendar 
  • Download and keep Ramadan printables ready for use
  • Help them create a doodle journal to document their experiences

6. Concept of Giving

Teach your children about the pillars of Islam. Emphasize on saum and zakat; to teach them the spiritual understanding behind the concept of giving is equally important. 

  • Sharing the surplus that they have with others
  • Giving and sharing their meals with the less privileged

To make the concept fun, create charity jars or boxes. Let your children share and give away their books, toys, and other material things that may be dear to them.

7. Be Their Role Model

Your children will mirror your actions, so be that person for them to emulate and look up to. Talk about your childhood and experiences as a child. Like how old you were when you first started fasting for Ramadan, and how it felt to skip breakfast and replace the grumbling in the stomach by involving yourself in other activities. 

  • Share your worries and challenges
  • Let them know its okay to not complete the fast the very first time
  • Teach them how to share the experiences of Ramadan with their non-Muslim friends
  • Invite their friends over for iftar

InshaAllah, the journey to improve your child’s Ramadan experience will benefit you and them in the long term. 

99 Names of Allah with Meaning and Benefits

ٱللَّهُ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ لَهُ ٱلْأَسْمَآءُ ٱلْحُسْنَىٰ

Allah – there is no deity except Him. To Him belong the best names.

[Surah Taha 20:8]

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

The dhikr of Allah is possible only because He has granted us the permission to use our tongue in his remembrance. His remembrance is possible for He has blessed us and elevated our souls to be among those who seek the life of Paradise.

Here are the 99 names of Allah with their meanings so that we may continuously speak them with our tongues and hearts and strengthen our knowledge of Him.

Asma ul Husna

Names of AllahMeaningالاسماء الحسنى
AR-RAHMAANThe Beneficentالرَّحْمَنُ
AR-RAHEEMThe Mercifulالرَّحِيمُ
AL-MALIKThe Kingالْمَلِكُ
AL-QUDDUSThe Most Sacredالْقُدُّوسُ
AS-SALAMThe Source of Peace, The Flawlessالسَّلاَمُ
AL-MU’MINThe Infuser of Faithالْمُؤْمِنُ
AL-MUHAYMINThe Preserver of Safetyالْمُهَيْمِنُ
AL-AZIZAll Mightyالْعَزِيزُ
AL-JABBARThe Compeller, The Restorerالْجَبَّارُ
AL-MUTAKABBIRThe Supreme, The Majesticُالْمُتَكَبِّ
AL-KHAALIQThe Creator, The Makerالْخَالِقُ
AL-BAARIThe Evolverالْبَارِئُ
AL-MUSAWWIRThe Fashionerالْمُصَوِّرُ
AL-GHAFFARThe Great Forgiverالْغَفَّارُ
AL-QAHHARThe All-Prevailing Oneالْقَهَّارُ
AL-WAHHAABThe Supreme Bestowerالْوَهَّابُ
AR-RAZZAAQThe Providerالرَّزَّاقُ
AL-FATTAAHThe Supreme Solverالْفَتَّاحُ
AL-‘ALEEMThe All-Knowingاَلْعَلِيْمُ
AL-QAABIDThe Withholderالْقَابِضُ
AL-BAASITThe Extenderالْبَاسِطُ
AL-KHAAFIDHThe Reducerالْخَافِضُ
AR-RAAFI’The Exalter, The Elevatorالرَّافِعُ
AL-MU’IZZThe Honourer, The Bestowerالْمُعِزُّ
AL-MUZILThe Dishonourer, The Humiliatorٱلْمُذِلُّ
AS-SAMEE’The All-Hearingالسَّمِيعُ
AL-BASEERThe All-Seeingالْبَصِيرُ
AL-HAKAMThe Impartial Judgeالْحَكَمُ
AL-‘ADLThe Utterly Justالْعَدْلُ
AL-LATEEFThe Subtle One, The Most Gentleاللَّطِيفُ
AL-KHABEERThe All-Awareالْخَبِيرُ
AL-HALEEMThe Most Forbearingالْحَلِيمُ
AL-‘AZEEMThe Magnificent, The Supremeالْعَظِيمُ
AL-GHAFOORThe Great Forgiverالْغَفُور
ASH-SHAKOORThe Most Appreciativeالشَّكُورُ
AL-‘ALEEThe Most High, The Exaltedالْعَلِيُّ
AL-KABEERThe Most Greatالْكَبِيرُ
AL-HAFEEDHThe Preserverالْحَفِيظ
AL-MUQEETThe Sustainerالمُقيِت
AL-HASEEBThe Reckonerاﻟْﺣَسِيبُ
AL-JALEELThe Majesticالْجَلِيلُ
AL-KAREEMThe Most Generous, The Most Esteemedالْكَرِيمُ
AR-RAQEEBThe Watchfulالرَّقِيبُ
AL-MUJEEBThe Responsive Oneٱلْمُجِيبُ
AL-WAASI’The All-Encompassing, the Boundlessالْوَاسِعُ
AL-HAKEEMThe All-Wiseالْحَكِيمُ
AL-WADUDThe Most Lovingالْوَدُودُ
AL-MAJEEDThe Glorious, The Most Honorableالْمَجِيدُ
AL-BA’ITHThe Infuser of New Lifeالْبَاعِثُ
ASH-SHAHEEDThe All Observing Witnessingالشَّهِيدُ
AL-HAQQThe Absolute Truthالْحَقُ
AL-WAKEELThe Trustee, The Disposer of Affairsالْوَكِيلُ
AL-QAWIYYThe All-Strongالْقَوِيُ
AL-MATEENThe Firm, The Steadfastالْمَتِينُ
AL-WALIYYThe Protecting Associateالْوَلِيُّ
AL-HAMEEDThe Praiseworthyالْحَمِيدُ
AL-MUHSEEThe All-Enumerating, The Counterالْمُحْصِي
AL-MUBDIThe Originator, The Initiatorالْمُبْدِئُ
AL-MUEEDThe Restorer, The Reinstaterٱلْمُعِيدُ
AL-MUHYIThe Giver of Lifeالْمُحْيِي
AL-MUMEETThe Creator of Deathاَلْمُمِيتُ
AL-HAYYThe Ever-Livingالْحَيُّ
AL-QAYYOOMThe Sustainer, The Self-Subsistingالْقَيُّومُ
AL-WAAJIDThe Perceiverالْوَاجِدُ
AL-MAAJIDThe Illustrious, the Magnificentالْمَاجِدُ
AL-WAAHIDThe Oneالْواحِدُ
AL-AHADThe Unique, The Only Oneاَلاَحَدُ
AS-SAMADThe Eternal, Satisfier of Needsالصَّمَدُ
AL-QADEERThe Omnipotent Oneالْقَادِرُ
AL-MUQTADIRThe Powerfulالْمُقْتَدِرُ
AL-MUQADDIMThe Expediter, The Promoterالْمُقَدِّمُ
AL-MU’AKHKHIRThe Delayerالْمُؤَخِّرُ
AL-AWWALThe Firstالأوَّلُ
AL-AAKHIRThe Lastالآخِرُ
AZ-ZAAHIRThe Manifestالظَّاهِرُ
AL-BAATINThe Hidden One, Knower of the Hiddenالْبَاطِنُ
AL-WAALIThe Sole Governorالْوَالِي
AL-MUTA’ALIThe Self Exaltedالْمُتَعَالِي
AL-BARRThe Source of All Goodnessالْبَرُّ
AT-TAWWABThe Ever-Pardoning, The Relentingالتَّوَاب
AL-MUNTAQIMThe Avengerالْمُنْتَقِمُ
AL-‘AFUWWThe Pardonerالعَفُوُ
AR-RA’OOFThe Most Kindالرَّؤُوفُ
MAALIK-UL-MULKMaster of the Kingdom, Owner of the Dominionَمَالِكُ ٱلْمُلْكُ
DHUL-JALAALI WAL-IKRAAMLord of Glory and Honour, Lord of Majesty and Generosityذُوالْجَلاَلِ وَالإكْرَامِ
AL-MUQSITThe Just Oneالْمُقْسِطُ
AL-JAAMI’The Gatherer, the Uniterالْجَامِعُ
AL-GHANIYYThe Self-Sufficient, The Wealthyٱلْغَنيُّ
AL-MUGHNIThe Enricherٱلْمُغْنِيُّ
AL-MANI’The Withholderاَلْمَانِعُ
AD-DHARRThe Distresserالضَّارَ
AN-NAFI’The Propitious, the Benefactorالنَّافِعُ
AN-NURThe Light, The Illuminatorالنُّورُ
AL-HAADIThe Guideالْهَادِي
AL-BADEE’The Incomparable Originatorالْبَدِيعُ
AL-BAAQIThe Everlastingاَلْبَاقِي
AL-WAARITHThe Inheritor, The Heirالْوَارِثُ
AR-RASHEEDThe Guide, Infallible Teacherالرَّشِيدُ
AS-SABOORThe Forbearing, The Patientالصَّبُورُ
99 Names of Allah

Benefits of Reciting Asma ul Husna

The benefits of knowing Allah and His names are plentiful. His attributes reflect the broad spectrum of traits that are present in each human. Hence understanding Allah’s names not only strengthens our belief in Him but also affirms our character as the profound saying goes, “One who knows one’s self, knows one’s Lord.” By contemplating and reflecting on each of his names, we tap on His mercy, His grace, and draw closer to Him. Beyond this, we also have so much to gain, as the first pillar of Islam encourages us to profess our love and pledge our belief to our Creator.

  1. The names of Allah strengthen our faith and remind us of his presence.
  2. His names guide us to become better humans and Muslims.
  3. The tasbih of His names, reveals his greatness and motivates us to emulate His qualities in our lives.

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