Browsing All Posts filed under »Seerah«

A Muslim Hero for All Times: The Lady of the Two Girdles

April 5, 2014


AMAT AL-KAREEM ‘The Lady of the Two Girdles’, Asma’ bint Abu (ra) with her was an excellent example of dignity and heroism. She bravely and steadfastly faced two tyrants. One of them was Abu Jahl, ‘Amr ibn Hisham, the ‘Pharaoh of this Ummah’, according to the title the Prophet of Allah (s) had given him. […]

The Prophet (s) was slow to anger and quick to forgive.

January 27, 2014


As our khateeb indicated in this past week’s khutbah, “The Prophet (s) was slow to anger, and quick to forgive.” Let us reflect on the above statement some more. A hadith reinforces the need for a Muslim to control his or her anger: In Al Tabarani, itt is narrated that our Prophet (s) said : […]

Online Islamic Management Course now being offered at

January 13, 2011


Bismillah hir Rahman nir Rahim – In the name  of God the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful Announcing Good News Jan 7, 2011 – Anaheim: Islamic Shura Council of Southern California is pleased to launch an online leadership and management course tailored for the current and future leadership of Masajid and non-profit organizations. “Masajid ought […]

Advice for life from Prophet Muhammad (s)

January 4, 2008


As we come closer to the beginning of the Islamic new year and start writing down a new set of resultions, may I suggest that we reflect upon the following hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (s)?  This is hadith 1337 from Al-Tirmidhi, and it is narrated by Amr ibn Maymun al-Awdi: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said […]

Umm Sulaym: An Everlasting Role Model for Muslimahs and Muslims

December 30, 2007


Note from Rafik Beekun: I initially put together this article in honor of International Women’s Day.  This article is partly sourced from Winalim,  and relates the story of one of the most famous and respected female companions of the Prophet (s), Umm Sulaym. Her faith, courage, determination and integrity are truly inspiring,  and she serves as a wonderful role model both for […]

Muslim Investment Funds Are Rewarded for Their Faith

December 27, 2007


 By Lawrence Carrel Senior Writer 12/24/2007 6:13 AM EST Islamic law prohibits the collection and payment of interest. That means mutual funds aimed at Muslim investors must avoid financial services stocks. This proved to be a winning formula in 2007, when Wall Street finally paid the price for several years’ worth of predatory lending […]

Resources for learning about Prophet Muhammad (s)

September 17, 2007


1. Life of Muhammad (s) by Muhammad Husayn Haykal on line. This book is a classic, and was translated by Professor Isma’il Razi A. al-Faruqi. 2. A video documentary on the life of the Prophet Muhammad (s):

Tala’a Al-Badru Alayna

December 31, 2006


Eid Mubarak to all the readers of the Islamic Workplace blog!!! Whatever is the condition of the Ummah, always remember what our Prophet (s) went through. This exquisite nasheed from Sheikh Mishari al-Efasy is about 7 minutes long, but well worth it and quite inspiring by the Grace of Allah.

Nasheed #2: Al Muallim from Sami Yusuf

December 27, 2006


Take a break. Listen to a great Nasheed from the amazing Sami Yusuf.

Before any major decision, pray Salat-ul-Istikhara

December 25, 2006


Updated August 23, 2016 By Rafik Beekun at the Islamic Workplace weblog A step-by-step description of how to pray Salat-ul-Istikhara and, Insha Allah, how to interpret it. Click here to download the English only step by step description of how to pray Salat Istikhara in a one-page 12 size font handout. Click here to download the […]

Effective Leadership Steps for Strategy implementation in Islamic Organisations

December 12, 2006


By Rafik Beekun Planning without implementation is useless. In some Islamic organisations, there is no defined concept of long-term planning. Others, who do so, are normally faced with the problem of “analysis-paralysis”, spending too much time on fine tuning their business plans. The result is simple; there appears to be too much ado about nothing. […]

Islamic Behavioral Etiquette according to the Prophet (s)

November 30, 2006


A short excerpt from Hamza Yusuf’s excellent speech on the Prophet’s (s) character and on how he showed us how to manage anger in our interaction with others. Excellent advice again both for workplace and other types of situations.

The Leadership Process of Muhammad (s) from Hadith

November 15, 2006


by Rafik Beekun The Hadiths are markers of the behavior of Muhammad (s) as he exemplified the Qur’an for the Ummah.  It stands to reason that we can use hadiths to distill the leadership process that Muhammad (s) himself practiced during his lifetime, and which we, as Muslims, are to emulate.  The process described below […]

Principles of Success in the Light of the Seerah

October 25, 2006


Effective Leadership principles of Prophet Muhammad (s)    It is a well-known fact that the Prophet of Islam (saw) was the supremely successful man in the entire human history. But he was not just a hero, as Thomas Carlyle has called him. According to the Qur’an, he was the best example for all mankind. He […]