Light, Dark, Forbidden to Angels

I want to discuss how we decide what is halal for us. When taking into account things that are universally forbidden, one might list murder--the taking of life. In that sense, then, is God a murderer? God takes our lives. Are angels murderers? The Qur'an says that angels are enlisted to take our souls at death and... Continue Reading →



A lovely reader of mine, who wishes to be known by the pseudonym Warda Q., recently sent me a transcript she made of a recording I did on the Prophet's Farewell Sermon. I was quite flattered, partly because I had been planning to take the audio file down (I really can't stand the sound of... Continue Reading →

4:3 and Orphans

I've been meaning to write this post for quite a while, but it's a difficult one to write due to the sheer quantity of misunderstanding surrounding these verses. The verses in concern are 4:3, 4:127, other sections of Surah Nisa, and parts of Chapter 33 (Surah Al-Ahzab). It's hard to get an accurate understanding of... Continue Reading →


Al Rihla = A quest, a journey Ibn Al-Sabil = someone on a journey; lit. "son of the path" Binti Al-Sabil = a term I made up; a girl on a journey Salsabil = made up of two words: (1) to ask, to inquire about--sal; (2) path, way--sabil; (3) easy, sweet, flowing [as of water] Continue Reading →

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