5 Trailblazing Muslim Women Who Influenced Islamic History

People might be aware of modern inspiring Muslim women. There are lots of female Muslim names that are taking action to make the world a better place, with their notable contributions in the arts, science, sports and politics. 

Some of those names may be familiar to us. As Muslim women leaders goes, we have Benazir Bhutto, the first women in Pakistan to lead a political party and the first prime minister of Pakistan; Halimah Yacob, the first female president of Singapore, and Megawati Sukarnoputri, the first female president of Indonesia. We also have Muslim women who are in sports and making history through their hard work, determination and persistence, like Aries Susanti Rahayu, a speed climber from Indonesia; Sarah Attar, a track and field athlete from Saudi Arabia; and Stephanie Kurlow from Australia as the world’s first hijabi ballerina.

During the time of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, many women within the early Islamic period were widely important in different leadership areas too. The following is a brief account of some of these women — the most inspiring women from Islamic history with their sacrifice, love, faith, devotion and intelligence, and had a big contribution to the legacy of Islam. 

Khadija bint Khuwaylid

Born in 555 AD, Khadija bint al-Khuwaylid was the first wife of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, the first woman believer of Islam, aslo known as the “mother of believers.” Khadija is remembered as a powerful woman in her own right and and a great example of the power and respect that is owed to Muslim women. She was born to a father who was a successful merchant and she inherited her father’s skills at a time in history when society was male-dominated and dangerous. Upon her father’s death, she took over the business and traded goods through the primary commerce centers at that time. According to the documentary The Life of Muhammad, Khadija was known for breaking stereotypes in that era, 1,400 years ago, because she was the one who proposed to the Prophet. Until now, she remains one of the most powerful and inspiring figures in Islamic history. 

Aisha bint Abu Bakr 

Aisha is remembered as the youngest wife of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and was a scholar. She also played a major role in the politics of her times. Aisha led an army against the fourth caliph Ali ibn Abi Talib in the Battle of the Camel in 656 CE. After this loss on the battlefield, Aisha retreated to her home. She started translating and narrating hadiths and spreading the Islamic word. Aisha is known to have narrated 2,210 hadiths about various topics including those about inheritance and pilgrimage. After the death of the Prophet, her relevance in the Islamic community increased manyfold.

Sumayyah bint Khayyat

Sumayyah remains one of the most tragic and yet inspiring examples of the powerful women in Islamic history.  She is known as the first martyr of Islam and was one of the first who openly defied the Quraysh leaders of the time. Born a slave but freed later in life, Sumayyah married Yasir Ibn Amir and was one of the first families to convert to Islam. The leading Quraysh tribes kidnapped and tortured Summayah and forced her to renounce her faith in Islam and reject the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, but Sumayyah refused to back down in the face of tyranny and injustice. She didn’t want to disavow her belief in Islam. Because of her devotion to Allah and Islam, she was then murdered by Abu Jahal, a Meccan and Quraysh leader. 

Nusaybah bint Ka’ab

Nusaybah bint Ka’ab Al Maziniyyah was one of those who embraced Islam in the early days of revelation. She believed that a woman had the same duty in defending the new religion as a man. Nusaybah gained a reputation as the most distinguished woman who took part in the Battle of Uhud, but her participation in battles did not end with that battle. She was present on a number of occasions, including the Treaty of Aqabah, Hudaybiyah, as well as the battles of Khaybar, and Hunayn. She was revered by Abu Bakr Al Siddique as well as Umar bin Al-Khattab who continuously praised her struggle and courage. Under the leadership of Abu Bakr, Nusaybah fought brilliantly at Al-Yamamah and had multiple injuries and also lost her hand! Nusaybah is very inspiring for us because her courage on the battlefield was also matched by her steadfastness in faith.

Khawlah Bint Al-Azwar

Khawlah was the daughter of one of the chiefs of Bani Asad tribe and companion of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Her family was among the first converts to Islam. Khawlah’s father, Al-Azwar, trained her in all arts of swordsmanship and she became a perfect knight. It’s no wonder that Khawlah was described as one of the greatest female warriors in history and was once compared to Khalid Bin Walid by opponents on the battlefield. Khawlah became a legend during her life and remains a legend till this day. She set an example to men and women alike that one should fight for what they believe in.

These Muslim women’s legacy and devotion continue to inspire and touch the hearts and lives of Muslims to this day. The example they have left behind for mankind remains timeless.

Written by: Hessy Trishandiani

Bersedekah: 5 Alasan Mengapa Islam Menganjurkannya

Beramal atau sedekah dianggap sebagai salah satu tindakan yang paling disukai dan sangat dianjurkan dalam Islam. Allah SWT dan Nabi Muhammad ﷺ pun berkali-kali menyebutkan di dalam Al-Qur’an bahwa beramal adalah suatu hal yang mulia dan harus dilakukan secara teratur.

Berbagai jenis kegiatan beramal dan perbuatan baik tersebut adalah termasuk membantu mereka yang membutuhkan, memberi makan orang miskin dan membutuhkan, membantu anak yatim dan para janda, berbagi harta Anda, dan membelanjakannya di jalan Allah. Beramal berupa sedekah adalah suatu pilihan, tidak wajib seperti zakat. Bersedekah juga tidak harus berupa harta. Bentuk sedekah bisa saja hanya berupa tersenyum kepada orang asing yang berpapasan di jalan atau sekadar berbagi pengetahuan. Berikut ini adalah lima alasan mengapa Islam menganjurkan sedekah:

Ciri-ciri Orang Beriman

Mengamalkan harta di jalan Allah adalah salah satu sifat orang-orang beriman. Di awal Surah Al-Baqarah, Allah memperkenalkan Al-Qur’an sebagai panduan bagi orang-orang beriman. Kemudian Ia juga menyebutkan sifat-sifat orang-orang yang bertakwa. Allah berfirman bahwa mereka adalah “mereka yang beriman kepada yang gaib, melaksanakan salat, dan menginfakkan sebagian rezeki yang Kami berikan kepada mereka.”

Sebaliknya, dalam Al-Qur’an, Surah Fussilat 41:7, ketika Allah menggambarkan orang-orang musyrik, hal pertama yang disebutkan untuk menggambarkan mereka adalah: “Orang-orang yang tidak menunaikan zakat dan mereka ingkar terhadap kehidupan akhirat.”

Menghapus Dosa

Menurut Ka’b ibn ‘Ujza, Rasulullah  ﷺ bersabda dalam sebuah hadits, “Sedekah itu dapat menghapus dosa sebagaimana air itu memadamkan api.“ [Tirmidzi] Oleh karena itu, bersedekah merupakan cara yang cepat agar kesalahan kita diampuni. 

Naungan di Hari Kiamat

Jika dilakukan dengan ikhlas dan diam-diam, sedekah adalah salah satu cara untuk masuk ke dalam tujuh golongan orang yang akan berada dalam naungan Allah di Hari Kiamat. Hari di mana tidak ada bayangan lain selain bayangan-Nya, ketika matahari sudah dekat, dan manusia akan tergenang dalam peluh mereka berdasarkan kadar amalan mereka di dunia.

Menurut Abu Huraira RA, Nabi Muhammad ﷺ berkata, “Ada tujuh orang yang akan Allah naungi di Naungan-Nya pada Hari ketika tidak ada naungan kecuali Naungan-Nya; seorang pemimpin yang adil, seorang pemuda yang tumbuh dalam beribadah kepada Allah yang Maha Kuasa dan Agung, seorang pria yang hatinya melekat pada masjid, dua orang yang saling mencintai karena Allah bertemu karena Allah dan berpisah karena Allah, seseorang yang diajak berzina oleh wanita cantik dan berposisi tinggi tetapi dia menolak dan mengatakan: ‘Saya takut kepada Allah’, seseorang yang memberi amal dan menyembunyikannya, hingga tangan kirinya pun tidak tahu apa yang diberikan tangan kanannya dalam amal; dan seseorang yang berzikir kepada Allah dalam kesendirian hingga meneteskan air mata.” [Bukhari]

Mendapatkan Tempat di Surga

Orang yang bersedekah menghormati perjanjian antara Allah dan orang-orang beriman, dan dalam perjanjian tersebut tersirat bahwa dia akan memperoleh tempat di surga. Allah berfirman dalam Surah At-Taubah 9:111, “Sesungguhnya Allah membeli dari orang-orang mukmin, baik diri maupun harta mereka dengan memberikan surga untuk mereka.”

Menyucikan Kesalahan yang Tak Disengaja

Dalam kehidupan, mungkin ada kesalahan dan kekurangan dalam cara kita memperoleh harta, sehingga beberapa di antaranya tidak diperoleh dengan cara yang diridhai Allah. Sedekah dapat membantu menyucikan kesalahan yang tidak disengaja. Rasulullah juga menganjurkan sedekah untuk hal ini. 

Untuk kelima alasan tersebut, kita bisa mulai bersedekah untuk orang-orang terdekat, seperti keluarga besar, teman, tetangga, atau bahkan orang yang kita temui di jalan yang mungkin membutuhkan bantuan. Ini adalah suatu langkah kecil untuk nantinya kita bisa membantu masyarakat dalam skala yang lebih besar.

Panggilan Bantuan

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Semoga Allah SWT memberkahi Anda dan keluarga dengan kesehatan dan rezeki yang melimpah.

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Vincent Souleymane

Vincent Souleymane, seorang Imam Perancis dan penasihat syariah di Muslim Pro, telah meluangkan waktunya untuk belajar dan berbagi ilmu kepada orang lain dengan pengetahuan sains Islam sejak dia masuk Islam pada tahun 1999.

Semasa belajar di Institut Oussoul Eddine di Saint-Denis, dia menyadari betapa pentingnya berbakti kepada Allah dan memutuskan untuk melanjutkan pelajaran keagamaannya di daroul ouloum achrafiya di Pulau La Réunion dan di IESH Château Chinon.

Sejak itu, Vincent Souleymane mengabdikan diri kepada Yang Maha kuasa dengan mengajar Islam di Oussoul Eddine Institute, serta menjadi imam di Masjid Fontenay sous Bois.

5 Things I’ve Learnt about the Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ Healthy Habits

Working a deskbound job, I often sit for hours in front of my laptop. Especially with working from home, it presents a unique set of challenges especially for my health. And even with the best intentions to keep my health in check, sitting for hours without stretching and working in an ergonomically unsound position can easily sabotage those plans. On extra busy days, eating junk food and the lack of sleep doesn’t help either.

Ibn Abbas narrated that Prophet Muhammad  said, “There are two blessings that many people are deceived into losing: health and free time.” [Bukhari]

Incorporating a healthy lifestyle in our daily lives is indeed challenging because there are many factors that affect it. But as I read this hadith, I am reminded that health is the one of the greatest and most precious gifts of Allah to His servants, and if nothing else, I should be grateful for the health He has given me and work towards habits that can support that.

A factor that can contribute to a person not maintaining good health is a lack of knowledge in the simple habits they can implement in their lives. Here are five things that I’ve learnt from Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ healthy habits:

Eat Moderately

We already know that healthy eating can have a positive impact on our lives. Studies suggest that we should regularly eat a healthy and well-balanced diet. It’s not only for weight maintenance, but to increase energy levels, improve moods, provide a heightened quality of life and assist in disease prevention. 

Healthy eating includes consuming high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and water in the foods you take. Moderating food intake, in general, seems to be one of the best ways for healthy eating. 

The practice of eating in moderation to prevent sickness and diseases were also emphasized by Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. One interesting fact that I found is the Islamic advice of “1/3 for your food, 1/3 for your liquids and 1/3 for your breath”. This matches closely to the Japanese ‘hara hachi bu’ concept which means eat until you are only 80% full.

Narrated by Miqdam bin Madikarib,

I heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ say: “A human being fills no worse vessel than his stomach. It is sufficient for a human being to eat a few mouthfuls to keep his spine straight. But if he must (fill it), then one third of food, one third for drink and one third for air.” [Ibn Majah 3349]

Eat and Drink Slowly

It takes approximately 20 minutes from the time we start eating for our brain to send out signals of fullness. A study of obesity in North America showed that overweight men and women took in fewer calories when they slowed their normal eating pace. Slow eating and drinking will help us eat less food and improve our digestion, and it is a practice Prophet Muhammad did himself and strongly advocated.

Narrated Thumama bin `Abdullah:

Anas used to breathe twice or thrice in the vessel (while drinking) and used to say that the Prophet; used to take three breaths while drinking. [Bukhari 5631]

Doing Exercise

The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults perform at least 2.5 hours of moderately intense aerobic exercise or 1.25 hours of vigorously intense exercise per week. Exercise has been shown to prevent cancer development as well; people who exercise regularly are up to 24% less likely to get certain cancers.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ strongly encouraged physical exercise. He had some favorite sports which included archery, horse and camel riding, and running.

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said:

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, although both are good.” [Ibn Majah 79]

Maintain Good Dental Hygiene

Did you know that our oral health offers clues about our overall health? Problems in our mouth can affect the rest of our body. Studies suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with a severe form of gum disease (periodontitis) might play a role in pregnancy and birth complications, and some diseases like cardiovascular disease and pneumonia.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ also recommended good hygiene of teeth and gums through tooth brushing and washing the mouth with water. 

Abu Hurairah narrated:

Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said, “If it were not that it would be difficult on my nation, then I would have ordered them to use the Siwak for each prayer.” [Tirmidhi 22]

Fasting

Have you ever heard about intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting refers to regular periods with no or very limited caloric intake. It commonly consists of a daily fast for 16 hours, a 24-hour fast on alternate days, or a fast 2 days per week on non-consecutive days. During fasting, caloric consumption often ranges from zero to 25% of caloric needs. This practice has been proven to balance hormone levels, prevent oxidative stress and reduce overall inflammation. 

Fasting was a regular practice of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, not just during Ramadan. He would fast every Monday and Thursday and also on the 13th, 14th and 15th of each Islamic month, which is similar to the intermittent fasting practice.

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet ﷺ used to fast on Mondays and Thursdays. It was said:

“O Messenger of Allah, why do you fast on Mondays and Thursdays?” He said: “On Mondays and Thursdays Allah forgives every Muslim except two who have forsaken one another. He says: ‘Leave these two until they reconcile.’” [Ibn Majah 1740]

It’s amazing to learnt that Islam has always been promoting good healthy habits, even long before scientific research made mentions of them. The best part? We can practice these healthy habits while reaping the rewards of following the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

Written by: Hessy Trishandiani

Giving Charity: 5 Reasons Islam Encourages It

The act of charity is deemed to be one of the most favourable acts and highly encouraged in Islam. Allah SWT and Prophet Muhammad ﷺ mentioned time and time again in the Quran that the act of charity is great, and should be performed on a regular basis.  

All of those charitable acts and gestures of kindness include helping those in need, feeding the poor and needy, supporting orphans and widows, sharing your wealth, and spending in the way of Allah. Charity that is known as sadaqah is optional, it’s not obligatory like giving zakat. Giving charity in the form of sadaqah also doesn’t have to come from monetary wealth. It can simply be smiling at a stranger in the street or sharing your knowledge.

The following are five reasons why Islam encourages charity:

Characteristic of the Believers

Spending one’s wealth in the way of Allah is a characteristic of the believers. At the beginning of Surah Baqarah, Allah introduces the Qur’an as a guide for the pious, then He lists qualities of the pious, He says that they are those “who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them.” 

Conversely, in the Quran, Surah Fussilat 41:7, when He describes the idolaters, the first thing mentioned to describe them is: “Those who do not give zakat, and in the Hereafter they are disbelievers.”

Extinguish Sins

According to Ka’b ibn ‘Ujza, The Prophet ﷺ said in a hadith, “Alms extinguish sins as water extinguishes fire”. It is therefore a quick way to be forgiven for our mistakes. [Tirmidhi]

Relief on the Day of Judgement

Done sincerely and secretly, almsgiving is a way to be among the seven categories of people who will be in the shadow of Allah on the Day of Judgment, the day when there will be no other shadow but His shadow, when the sun will be near and some will bathe in their sweat. 

According to Abu Huraira RA, the Prophet ﷺ said, “Seven people Allah will give them His Shade on the Day when there would be no shade but the Shade of His Throne (i.e., on the Day of Resurrection): And they are: a just ruler; a youth who grew up with the worship of Allah; a person whose heart is attached to the mosques, two men who love and meet each other and depart from each other for the sake of Allah; a man whom an extremely beautiful woman seduces (for illicit relation), but he (rejects this offer and) says: ‘I fear Allah’; a man who gives in charity and conceals it (to such an extent) that the left hand does not know what the right has given; and a man who remembers Allah in solitude and his eyes become tearful”. [Bukhari]

A Place in Jannah

The one who gives alms respects the covenant between Allah and the believers, and the terms of the covenant imply that he gains Paradise. Allah says in Surah At-Tawbah 9: 111, “Allah has purchased from the believers their persons and their property in exchange for Paradise.” 

Purify Unintentional Mistakes

There may be mistakes and shortcomings in the way we acquire our possessions, with the result that some of them are not acquired in the way Allah is pleased with. Almsgiving helps to purify these unintentional mistakes. Abu Dawud reported from Qays ibn Abi Gharaza that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “O gatherers of traders! Selling is (often) accompanied by inattention and abusive oaths, rectify it with alms.”

For those five reasons, we can start giving charity for the ones closest to us; our extended family, friends, neighbours, or even people we meet in the street who might need help. This is a small step to later help the community on a large scale.

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May Almighty Allah grant you and your family blessings in health and wealth.

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Contributed by Vincent Souleymane.

Vincent Souleymane, a French imam and shariah advisor at Muslim Pro, has devoted his time to study and enrich others with the knowledge of Islamic sciences ever since he converted to the religion in 1999. During his studies at the Oussoul Eddine Institute in Saint-Denis, he became aware of the importance of devotion to Allah and decided to continue his religious studies at the daroul ouloum achrafiya of the Island La Réunion and at the IESH of Château Chinon. Since then, Vincent Souleymane devotes himself to the Almighty by teaching Islam at the Oussoul Eddine Institute, as well as being an imam at the Fontenay sous Bois Mosque.

Eat Healthy like the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ During This Pandemic

With COVID-19 still affecting the world, many of us are finding ourselves stuck at home for most of the day, juggling between work and other responsibilities. Figuring out what to eat can be yet another daily challenge and it may be tempting to sideline healthy eating when faced with more dire needs, ranging from emotional to financial.

Eating a nourishing and balanced diet is important to maintain good health physically and vital in supporting mental health as well. Figuring out how to add some nutritional balance to our daily intake may help make the process feel less daunting and potentially improve our health in the long run. 

Healthy eating habits were also recommended by our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. The following list provides 5 of his favorite foods along with their health benefits which we can consider to consume in our daily life.

Dates

Who doesn’t know dates? These are the delicious fruits grown from the date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) and are native to the area of the Middle East. While dates are high in natural sugar, they also contain many essential nutrients that must be included in our daily diet. These fruits are rich in fiber, Vitamin B-6 and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, and copper. A study from International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine stated that dates also show a role in disease prevention through anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial activity. 

Speaking of dates, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ used to have seven dates every single day and recommended us to consume it. 

Narrated by Sa`d, Rasulullah ﷺ said, 

“He who eats seven ‘Ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.” [Bukhari 5445]

Honey

People have used honey in traditional medicine for hundreds of years. According to a study published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, high-quality honey contains many important antioxidants. These include organic acids and phenolic compounds like flavonoids. Scientists believe that the combination of these compounds gives honey its antioxidant power. Antioxidants have been linked to reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes, some types of cancer and may also promote eye health.

The Prophet ﷺ used to drink a glass of water mixed with honey every single morning. Just like he said in a hadith,

“Healing is in three things: A gulp of honey, cupping, and branding with fire (cauterizing).” But I forbid my followers to use (cauterization) branding with fire.” [Bukhari 5681]

Olive Oil

Olive oil is the natural oil extracted from olives, the fruit of the olive tree. Experts agreed that olive oil has many health benefits, especially the extra virgin olive oil that has numerous benefits for heart health. It lowers blood pressure, protects “bad” LDL cholesterol, particles from oxidation and improves the function of blood vessels. The other good news is it also doesn’t cause weight gain if you use it for cooking. In a 30-month study in over 7,000 Spanish college students, consuming a lot of olive oil was not linked to increased weight.

Olives are also one of Prophet Muhammad’s favorite foods. It was narrated from ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,

“Season (your food) with olive oil and anoint yourselves with it, for it comes from a blessed tree.” [Ibn Majah 3319]

Milk

New research from the University of South Australia assessed genetic biomarkers among more than 400,000 people. The study found that greater milk consumption was associated with lower blood cholesterol, lower blood lipid levels and a lower risk of heart disease. Apart from that research, people who have a diet rich in milk and milk products can reduce the risk of low bone mass throughout the life cycle as it is rich in calcium. Foods in the milk group provide vital nutrients, including calcium, potassium, vitamin D and protein.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ also loved having goat and camel milk. Milk is even mentioned in the Quran:

“And indeed, for you in grazing livestock is a lesson. We give you drink from what is in their bellies – between excretion and blood – pure milk, palatable to drinkers.” [Quran16:66]

Barley

Barley  is a major cereal grain and it was one of the first cultivated grains, particularly in Eurasia as early as 10,000 years ago. According to Journal of Food and Drug Analysis, epidemiological studies have consistently shown that regular consumption of whole grain barley reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases and combats common nutrition-related diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. The Prophet ﷺ apparently also used to have barley in the form of bread, dough and porridge. 

“The Messenger of Allah ﷺ entered upon us, and with him was Ali bin Abu Talib, who had recently recovered from an illness. We had bunches of unripe dates hanging up, and the Prophet ﷺ was eating from them. Ali reached out to eat some, and the Prophet ﷺ said to Ali: ‘Stop, O Ali! You have just recovered from an illness.’ I made some greens and barley for the Prophet ﷺ, and the Prophet ﷺ said to Ali: ‘O Ali, eat some of this, for it is better for you.’” [Ibn Majah 3442]

These healthy foods are certainly not limited to be consumed during this pandemic. We can make it as a healthy habit that is inherent in our daily lives like Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and reap both the health and sunnah benefits. May Allah always protect and bless us all with good health and happiness.

Written by: Hessy Trishandiani

From Rasulullah ﷺ: The Beauty of Tawbah

If we really knew the merits of repentance, we would not stop practicing it. It is one of the most beloved acts of Allah. Indeed, our Creator does not ask us for perfection. He knows better than we do that we are not angels and that we sometimes make mistakes. We should of course try not to succumb to temptation and purify our hearts from evil tendencies. 

But despite our efforts and our spiritual journey, we will stumble from time to time. Allah, exalted be He, knows this and never imposes the impossible on us. He asks us to return to Him when this happens. 

In a hadith reported by Muslim, according to Abu Hurayra, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, said:

“By Him who holds my soul in His hand, if you did not sin, Allah would get rid of you, and He would bring people who sin, so that they would ask Him for forgiveness and He would forgive them.” [Muslim]

Allah is the Forgiver, He loves to forgive, and sin can be a blessing in disguise if it leads to sincere repentance. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ, expressed this love of the Almighty for the one who repents in very strong terms:

According to ‘Abdullah ibn Mass’ûd, may Allah be pleased with him, the Prophet ﷺ said,

“Allah’s joy for the believer’s repentance is more intense than that of a man who finds himself in a desert land with his mount loaded with his food and drink. This man has fallen asleep and when he wakes up, he finds that his mount has escaped. He calls to it until he feels thirsty. He then returns to his place and falls asleep waiting for death. Then he wakes up and sees his mount with its provisions returned to him. Allah’s joy at the believer’s repentance is greater than that of the man who has found his mount and his provisions.” [Muslim]

What joy a man in this situation must feel! A man who thought he would die of thirst in a short time!

It is therefore fundamental to repent every time we disobey, without ever despairing of Divine Mercy. If Allah accepts this return, then it is as if the sin had never been committed. The Prophet ﷺ said,

“He who repents of a sin is like one who has not committed it.” [Ibn Majah]

It may be that at the time of repentance, our enemy, Shaytan, will come up with excuses to dissuade us from seeking Allah’s forgiveness. We are about to do what he hates the most. 

We are about to do what he hates the most, and all sorts of wrong ideas come to mind, such as:

“It’s no use, you’ve already repented of this sin and you’ve done it again!”

“You know you will do it again, don’t be a hypocrite!”

These ideas are to be rejected, they only hide what Shaytan really wants to tell us: “Stay in evil with me! Stay in my way and do not return to your Creator!”

Among the pillars of repentance, there is the fact of having the intention not to do it again, which does not mean the certainty of succeeding. It is a sincere intention that is required. Even if we were to fall into the same sin later, we would have to repent sincerely again. In this way, little by little, we purify our hearts of the disease that causes us to commit this wrongdoing and will eventually not return to it in shaa Allah.

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Vincent Souleymane

Vincent Souleymane, a French imam and shariah advisor at Muslim Pro, has devoted his time to study and enrich others with the knowledge of Islamic sciences ever since he converted to the religion in 1999.

During his studies at the Oussoul Eddine Institute in Saint-Denis, he became aware of the importance of devotion to Allah and decided to continue his religious studies at the daroul ouloum achrafiya of the Island La Réunion and at the IESH of Château Chinon. 

Since then, Vincent Souleymane devotes himself to the Almighty by teaching Islam at the Oussoul Eddine Institute, as well as being an imam at the Fontenay sous Bois Mosque.


5 Tips Mengisi Waktu Anda Agar Lebih Bermakna di Masa Pandemi

Mengatur waktu dan hubungan memang tak pernah mudah dilakukan. Entah itu hubungan dengan diri sendiri, hubungan antara teman dan keluarga, dan yang paling penting, hubungan pribadi dengan Allah (SWT).

Selama pandemi, hal ini menjadi sangat menantang karena banyak orang merasakan tekanan dari segala arah. Terlebih lagi sekarang, kondisi yang mengharuskan kita untuk bekerja secara remote juga berdampak pada banyak orang di berbagai penjuru dunia. Kita juga dituntut untuk menyesuaikan diri dan beradaptasi dengan kondisi di luar sana.

Dengan waktu yang lebih banyak dihabiskan di dalam ruangan, Anda mungkin mengira bahwa membina hubungan akan menjadi hal yang lebih mudah. Namun kenyataannya tidak selalu demikian. Jika tidak segera tersadar untuk melakukan kebiasaan sehat demi memelihara hubungan ini, kita malah bisa terperangkap dalam kegiatan yang membuang-buang waktu –yang sering disalahartikan sebagai waktu untuk bersantai.

Panduan berikut mungkin bisa Anda pertimbangkan untuk membantu mengembangkan diri agar menjadi lebih seimbang dan bermakna:

Al-Quran: Kunci untuk Keutuhan Keluarga 

Selain melaksanakan salat sehari-hari, keluarga yang memiliki kebiasaan membaca Al-Qur’an bersama-sama juga akan menjadi solid. Sebagai kegiatan keluarga, mengaji bersama dapat menciptakan lebih banyak kesempatan bagi satu sama lain untuk saling berinteraksi, sehingga dapat memperkuat ikatan keluarga selain juga dapat memantapkan ketakwaan spiritual seseorang kepada Allah (SWT).

Sebagai hal yang juga dilakukan secara pribadi, menambah waktu untuk membaca Al-Qu’ran juga dapat membuka jalan agar lebih dekat dengan Allah (SWT).

وَاعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَلَا تُشْرِكُوا بِهِ شَيْئًا ۖ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا وَبِذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْيَتَامَىٰ وَالْمَسَاكِينِ وَالْجَارِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْجَارِ الْجُنُبِ وَالصَّاحِبِ بِالْجَنبِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ وَمَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ مَن كَانَ مُخْتَالًا فَخُورًا

Dan sembahlah Allah dan janganlah kamu mempersekutukan-Nya dengan sesuatu apa pun. Dan berbuat-baiklah kepada kedua orang tua, karib-kerabat, anak-anak yatim, orang-orang miskin, tetangga dekat dan tetangga jauh, teman sejawat, ibnu sabil dan hamba sahaya yang kamu miliki. Sungguh, Allah tidak menyukai orang yang sombong dan membanggakan diri.(Surah An-Nisa 4:36)

Banyak membaca Al-Qur’an dan merencanakan kegiatan keagamaan secara teratur adalah cara untuk menjalankan hal di atas. Pada aplikasi Muslim Pro, dengan memilih pengaturan individu dan grup, para orang tua dapat merencanakan Khatam Al-Qur’an untuk anak-anak dan dengan mudah memantau perkembangan anak dalam membaca Quran.

Islam yang Tak Hanya Sebatas Ritual

Manfaatkan kesempatan di masa pandemi ini untuk lebih banyak belajar tentang Islam daripada hanya menonton reality show online. Kita bisa mempelajari mulai dari fakta sejarah hingga agama dan bahkan mengetahui berbagai fakta baru setiap hari lewat seri kartu ‘Tahukah Anda’ di aplikasi Muslim Pro.

Informasi kecil seperti itu dapat menjadi suatu permulaan dan berpotensi memicu pertanyaan yang lebih dalam tentang Islam. Anda bisa menjadikannya sebagai batu loncatan untuk mencari sumber lain, baik secara online maupun offline.

Bepergian Secara Virtual

Di masa pandemi ini, Anda juga dapat memperluas wawasan secara virtual. Bagi mereka yang ingin bepergian dan melintasi batas fisik di seluruh dunia, ada cukup waktu untuk merencanakan rencana perjalanan berikutnya.

Sementara itu, sambil tetap berada di tempat Anda yang aman, nikmati siaran langsung dari Mekah untuk menjelajahi salah satu situs Islam paling suci ini. Anda juga dapat sambil mempelajari lebih lanjut tentang ritual tertentu yang hanya terjadi di sana. Ambil posisi yang nyaman dan nikmati pemandangan kota yang berbeda dari udara tanpa harus beranjak dari sofa. Anda bahkan bisa melakukannya di sela-sela saat istirahat di tengah jadwal pekerjaan yang padat.

Menghidupkan Semangat

Dengan jutaan video dan berbagai sumber yang tersedia secara online dan gratis, tidak ada alasan untuk tidak dapat menghidupkan kembali minat dan hobi Anda di masa lalu. Bahkan jika Anda hanya ingin sekadar memuaskan keingintahuan akan suatu budaya, bahasa, atau bahkan filsafat, pun bisa dilakukan.

اِقۡرَاۡ بِاسۡمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِىۡ خَلَقَ​ۚ‏ 

“Recite in the name of your Lord Who created.” (Surah Al-Alaq:96)

Sebagaimana disebutkan dalam ayat Al-Qur’an di atas, adalah kewajiban kita sebagai bagian dari umat untuk melaksanakan salah satu pilar Islam.

Terhubung dengan Umat

Jalinlah hubungan dengan umat Islam di berbagai penjuru dunia dengan saling berbagi. Terhubung dengan komunitas online dapat semakin membuat umat menjadi solid karena bersama-sama terus belajar secara aktif.

Berbagai platform media sosial juga memberikan kesempatan untuk terhubung dengan luar lingkaran keluarga dan teman terdekat. Ini tentunya berpotensi menyoroti masalah sosial tertentu yang terjadi di seluruh dunia.

Penulis: Helmy Bin Sa’at

Diterjemah oleh: Jasmine

Road Trip Reflections: Starting on a New Journey

Have you ever felt so grateful for what you have now? Grateful for all you’ve been through in the journey of life. And now you’re ready for a new beginning.

Given a chance for a short vacation, my friends and I chose to travel by car to several cities in Java, Indonesia. We decided to take a road trip since it was a safer option during the pandemic and we could avoid social contact with others wherever possible. We had planned to stop by some cities along the way and I found that it would be the perfect opportunity to make some memories while on the road.

I get the sense that everyone is waiting for COVID situation to end. With public activity restrictions loosening up in Indonesia, some travellers are cautiously coming out for fresh air as well. We met them along the way. Thankfully, many places still apply safety measures and strict health protocols. 

Starting the Journey

(Photo credit: Hessy Trishandiani)

That morning, we’re heading to the first stop in West Java, a city called Bandung. It’s a beautiful morning when I drove the car along the toll road. Seeing the empty road with a beautiful scenery in the distance, it felt so soothing. Shining roads, blue skies and lush greeneries are the perfect combination. This was a much needed escape into the lap of nature to fill up our lungs with some fresh air. I felt so blessed.

I drove for a couple of hours from one city to another city. The weather changed from a bright sunny morning to a downpour in the evening. It was quite a challenge to drive at night in foggy weather. The thick fog descended on the long and winding roads; some areas were so dark that the only thing we could depend on was our car lights. I recited Bismillah to seek Allah’s protection.

There is no such thing as a smooth ride. Sometimes Google maps guided us somewhere and we’d get lost along the road. With minimal lighting, we had to drive with extreme care along the edge of a cliff. It took almost an hour to find the locals, and alhamdulillah, finally we met people who were willing to help and gave us the right directions.

Apart from getting lost, we realised that there’s something wrong with the car’s brake. So we decided to stop at a small city, Banyuwangi, and stayed for a night to get some rest and check the car’s condition. Alhamdulillah, everything turned out just fine. We continued the trip the next morning and finally arrived safely at our destination.

The road trip felt much like the journey of life. The roads will not always be smooth and we will encounter many challenges to conquer. But like the trip, there will be moments of ease. For my friends and I, they came in the form of strangers who give us directions when we’re lost and hospitable locals who told us stories about the town and even gave us recommendations for tourist attractions.

That’s how life is, isn’t it? Throughout life, we meet new people and some of them will give us advice, insights and even lessons. Every journey of life always starts with a new beginning and is filled with hardships, joys, celebrations and special moments. Some of the challenges will test our courage, strengths, weaknesses and even faith, but those will ultimately lead us to our destination. Our purpose in life.

Let’s take a moment to say Bismillah to every new beginning and may Allah bless us always, In Shaa Allah.

PS: During this trip, we were all vaccinated and always practised social distancing. We also wore masks in all the places we visited, even in the car. Adhering to health protocols is our duty and the best way to protect each other and every person we met during the trip.

Written by: Hessy Trishandiani

7 Panduan Semai Iman Bagi Saudara Baru

Hidayah adalah nikmat yang paling besar yang diperoleh manusia di dunia ini. Ia memimpin manusia keluar daripada kegelapan ke arah penuh rahmat dan keberkatan yakni daripada lorong kehancuran kepada lorong kejayaan.

Namun, diakui bahawa tidak mudah bagi seseorang saudara baru yang memeluk Islam untuk berhadapan dengan kehidupan yang baru. Pastinya ada cabaran untuk menjaga iman. Ini memandangkan ramai di antara umat Islam yang sentiasa bergelut dengan amalan memelihara iman sepanjang kehidupan sehingga ke liang lahad. 

Ini bertepatan dengan hadis Rasulullah ﷺ yang diriwayatkan Imam Al-Hakim dan Ath-Thabarani:

إِنَّ الإِيْمَانَ لَيَخْلُقُ فِي جَوْفِ أَحَدِكُمْ كَمَا يَخْلُقُ الثَّوْبُ، فَاسْأَلُوْا اللهَ أَنْ يُجَدِّدَ الإِيْمَانَ فِي قُلُوْبِكُمْ

“Sesungguhnya iman itu pasti akan lusuh di dalam diri kalian sepertimana sehelai kain yang menjadi lusuh. Maka mintalah pada Allah supaya Dia memperbaharui iman di dalam hati kalian.”

Oleh itu, beberapa perkara di sini boleh dijadikan panduan memelihara iman:

Doa

Doa merupakan antara perisai rohani bertindak sebagai benteng pertahanan yang kuat buat seseorang hamba Allah (SWT). Menerusi doa Allah (SWT) membuka ruang kepada seorang hamba untuk mengadu dan meminta. 

Bahkan Allah (SWT) sendiri memerintah supaya hambaNya berdoa kepadanya, seperti firmanNya:

وَاِذَا سَاَلَكَ عِبَادِيْ عَنِّيْ فَاِنِّيْ قَرِيْبٌ ۗ اُجِيْبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ اِذَا دَعَانِۙ فَلْيَسْتَجِيْبُوْا لِيْ وَلْيُؤْمِنُوْا بِيْ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُوْنَ

Dan apabila hamba-hamba-Ku bertanya kepadamu (Muhammad) tentang Aku, maka sesungguhnya Aku dekat. Aku Kabulkan permohonan orang yang berdoa apabila dia berdoa kepada-Ku. Hendaklah mereka itu memenuhi (perintah)-Ku dan beriman kepada-Ku, agar mereka memperoleh kebenaran.” (Surah Al-Baqarah:186) 

Maka seorang saudara baru juga harus sentiasa berdoa kepada Allah (SWT) agar imannya terus terpahat kuat di dalam hatinya.

َرَّبنَا َلاتُِزغْ ُقُلوَبنَا َبْعَدإِذْ َهَدْيتَنَا َوَه ْب َلنَا ِمن َّلُدنَك َرْحَمًةۚإِنََّكأَن َتاْلَوَّها ُب

“Ya Allah, janganlah Engkau pesongkan hati kami selepas Engkau memberikan kami hidayah, dan kurniaknlah kami dari sisiMu rahmat. Sesungguhnya Engkaulah yang Pemberi.” (Surah Al-Imran:8)

Memilih Sahabat

Sepanjang perjalanan mengaup keberkatan, amalan memilih sahabat adalah amat penting demi memastikan landasan yang dilalui tidak terpesong dan sentiasa ada peneman yang mengingatkan. Sahabat itu mestilah seseorang yang memiliki takwa kerana ia menjadi syarat kejayaan. 

Allah (SWT) ada menyebut:

اَلۡاَخِلَّاۤءُ يَوۡمَـئِذٍۢ بَعۡضُهُمۡ لِبَعۡضٍ عَدُوٌّ اِلَّا الۡمُتَّقِيۡنَ

“Teman-teman karib pada hari itu (kiamat) menjadi musuh sesama mereka melainkan orang-orang bertakwa.” (Surah Az-Zukhruf:67)

Pemilihan sahabat menentukan pembentukan agama yang dibawa oleh seseorang. Sekiranya mempunyai teman karib yang bertakwa maka ia akan mempengaruhi seseorang itu dan begitu juga sebaliknya yang boleh membawa kepada kerugian diri daripada segi kerohanian dan pemeliharaan iman.

Jangan Terburu-buru

Apabila seseorang memeluk Islam pasti banyak perkara dan amalan yang dirasakan perlu dilakukan. Ia berkemungkinan menjadi sumber kebingungan.

Islam diturunkan secara berperingkat-peringkat sepanjang 23 tahun. Ini menunjukkan bahawa agama juga perlu diamalkan secara bertahap dan jangan terburu-buru. Mulakan dengan perkara utama dahulu sepertimana Rasulullah ﷺ yang memulakan dengan urusan tauhid dahulu supaya di dalam dada seorang muslim itu ada terbina iman yang teguh. 

Hindari Dosa, Lakukan Ibadah

Untuk menjaga iman, seharusnya segala dosa dihindari. Tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa manusia tidak sempurna dan pasti akan melakukan dosa. Namun perkara terbaik yang perlu dilakukan adalah bertaubat. 

Dosa dan iman itu ibarat dua perkara yang berada pada sebuah neraca kerohanian. Jika iman semakin bertambah, maka dosa akan semakin menjauh memandangkan iman sifatnya bertambah dan berkurang sepanjang masa menerusi amalan-amalan yang dilakukan.

Sebagai seorang pemeluk Islam yang baru dan masih belajar, seseorang itu boleh lakukan ibadah sunat di samping melakukan ibadah wajib agar diri sibuk dan tidak terlintas untuk melakukan dosa yang mengurangkan iman.

Tadabbur Al-Quran

Tadabbur bermaksud mempelajari dan menghayati kandungan al-Quran secara lebih mendalam. Membaca terjemahan al-Quran boleh membantu memahami mesej yang Allah (SWT) sampaikan, khususnya bagi bukan para penutur bahasa Arab. Ini membantu pemahaman isi apabila selanjutnya membaca buku tafsir al-Quran.

Mulakan dengan buku tafsir yang ringkas sebelum membaca buku tafsir yang lebih tebal seperti tafsir Ibn Kathir dan sebagainya. Terjemahan tidak sama dengan pentafsiran kerana terjemahan hanyalah menterjemah bahasa ke bahasa lain semata-mata. Tafsir pula menghurai makna yang tersirat daripada perkataan, termasuklah menjelaskan hukum-hakam, kisah-kisah, aspek tatabahasa dan sebagainya.

Hargai Hidayah Yang Dikurniakan

Seseorang yang pernah hidup susah akan menjadi bersyukur apabila dia mengingati masa sukarnya lalu menghargai harta yang dilimpahkan. Pengasas Bank Ar-Rajhi di Arab Saudi, Sulaiman Bin Abdul Aziz Ar-Rajhi, berasal daripada keluarga miskin. Apabila sudah berjaya dan menjadi kaya, beliau menghargai kehidupan yang dikurniakan kini lalu menjadi lebih aktif bersedekah dan berwakaf. Antaranya melalui Yayasan Amal Sulaiman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Rajhi. 

Bagaimana pula jika kita menghargai nikmatnya mendapat hidayah Islam? Sudah tentu kita akan menjaganya agar tidak terjerumus semula ke lembah yang gelap. Inilah yang dinamakan kemanisan iman seperti yang disebut oleh Rasulullah ﷺ:

ثَلَاثٌ مَنْ كُنَّ فِيْهِ وَجَدَ بِهِنَّ حَلَاوَةَ الْإِيْمَانِ، مَنْ كَانَ اللهُ وَرَسُوْلُهُ أَحَبَّ إِلَيْهِ مِمَّا سِوَاهُمَا وَأَنْ يُـحِبَّ الْمَرْءَ لَا يُحِبُّهُ إِلَّا لِلهِ، وَأَنْ يَكْرَهَ  أَنْ يَعُوْدَ فِـي الْكُفْرِ بَعْدَ أَنْ أَنْقَذَهُ اللهُ مِنْهُ، كَمَا يَكْرَهُ أَنْ يُقْذَفَ فِـي النَّارِ.

“Tiga perkara sesiapa yang memilikinya akan merasai kemanisan iman… seseorang yang benci untuk kembali kepada kekafiran sepertimana dia tidak suka dicampak ke dalam api neraka.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 16)

Pelajari Sirah Kehidupan Rasulullah ﷺ

Untuk menjalani kehidupan sesuai dengan tuntutan agama, Rasulullah ﷺ merupakan contoh terbaik untuk diikuti. Baginda melalui banyak peristiwa sukar di dalam kehidupannya untuk memperjuangkan agama yang dibawanya. 

Banyak berinteraksi dengan pelbagai kelompok orang mencakupi para pemimpin kaum wanita dan golongan kanak-kanak. Apabila mempelajari bagaimana halusnya budi pekerti Baginda mendepani semua situasi dan ragam manusia, ia membantu mengukuhkan keyakinan terhadap Islam kerana Islam dipimpin oleh seorang insan agung yang selayaknya dicontohi.


Ditulis oleh: Ustaz Abdul Rahman Rahuni
Penulis merupakan graduan Universiti Islam Madinah menuntut dalam bidang Syariah Islamiah. Kini beliau merupakan tenaga pengajar di Sekolah Menengah Ugama Islamiah, Tawau Sabah.

Disunting oleh: Helmy Sa’at

Tawbah and Why It’s Essential for Every Muslim

The word Tawbah literally means ‘return’. In religious terminology, it is the return to Allah — more precisely, the return to the Creator after having disobeyed Him, in order to ask for His forgiveness; a repentance.

As the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, all human beings are sinners, but the best among them are those who repent:

“All the sons of Adam are sinners, and the best of the sinners are those who repent abundantly.” [reported by At-Tirmidhi]

Falling into the Forbidden

We all commit mistakes, acts that are not in accordance with our faith. In moments of carelessness, we may put our passions before our fear in the One, hence we fall into the forbidden. 

But even more severe than the sin itself would be to lose hope in God’s Mercy. Is it not greater than our sin, whatever it may be?

There is a verse in the Book of Allah that warms the anguished heart of the sinner, and forbids anyone to lose hope:

قُلۡ يَٰعِبَادِيَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَسۡرَفُواْ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِهِمۡ لَا تَقۡنَطُواْ مِن رَّحۡمَةِ ٱللَّهِۚ إِ

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَغۡفِرُ ٱلذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًاۚ إِنَّهُۥ هُوَ ٱلۡغَفُورُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ

Say: “O My servants who have committed excesses to your own detriment, despair not of the mercy of Allah. For Allah forgives all sins. For Allah forgives all sins: for He is the Forgiver, the Most Merciful.” [Az-Zumar 39:53]

The door to repentance is always open and a fresh start is always possible, no matter how bad the sin.

Don’t Wait to Repent

But Allah also tells us not to delay our repentance, for there will come a time when it will be too late, and that time is death. The death that will strike us all, without anyone knowing when… 

وَأَنِيبُوٓاْ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكُمۡ وَأَسۡلِمُواْ لَهُۥ مِن قَبۡلِ أَن يَأۡتِيَكُمُ ٱلۡعَذَابُ ثُمَّ لَا تُنصَرُونَ

And return to your Lord in repentance, and submit to Him, before the chastisement comes to you, and then you receive no help  [Az-Zumar 39:54]

It is therefore fundamental to repent sincerely after every sin, for we do not know when the angel of death will come to take our soul.

Purifying the Heart

In addition to this, there is another reason to repent immediately after committing a disobedience to the Almighty, and that is the purification of the heart. Indeed, we often have the impression that a sin is only an act limited in time, but it is more than that. It has an effect on the heart of the one who committed it.

The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, tells us in a hadith reported by At Tirmidhî:

“When a servant commits a sin, a black mark is written on his heart. If he asks for forgiveness and repents, his heart is cleansed. But if he persists, the stain grows to cover his whole heart.”

Sin leaves a mark on the heart, and if it covers it completely then the light of faith no longer shines in it, the person becomes insensitive to the mention of Allah, the verses of the Qur’an no longer touch him, the heart becomes impervious to recall.

In the rest of the Hadith, the Prophet, peace be upon him, tells us: “(This task) is what Allah says:”Not at all! But what they have done covers their hearts.” [Al-Mutaffifin 83:14]

Who is it about? Let us see the previous verse: {(He) who, when our verses are recited to him, says: “These are but tales of the ancients”} [Al-Mutaffifin 83:13]

He whose heart is covered with the black stain left by the sins he has committed no longer distinguishes good from evil, true from false.

The sinner thus enters a vicious circle, the more he disobeys the more he distances himself from Allah and sinks into disobedience to the point that his heart becomes blind and no longer recognises the truth.

The only way to stop this vicious circle and to go back to the light of faith is to purify the heart through Tawbah, sincere repentance. How can this be done? This will be the subject of a future article, with Allah’s permission.

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Vincent Souleymane

Vincent Souleymane, a French imam and shariah advisor at Muslim Pro, has devoted his time to study and enrich others with the knowledge of Islamic sciences ever since he converted to the religion in 1999.

During his studies at the Oussoul Eddine Institute in Saint-Denis, he became aware of the importance of devotion to Allah and decided to continue his religious studies at the daroul ouloum achrafiya of the Island La Réunion and at the IESH of Château Chinon. 

Since then, Vincent Souleymane devotes himself to the Almighty by teaching Islam at the Oussoul Eddine Institute, as well as being an imam at the Fontenay sous Bois Mosque.