How to Make Allah Happy in Islam

In answering the question, “How to make Allah happy in Islam?”, I am going to provide a perhaps unexpected and surprising answer, a different angle on the subject than one might normally expect. First, however, an important distinction and clarification. Distinction and Clarification In addressing the question, “How to make Allah happy?”, or “How to please Allah in Islam?”, it …

Spiritual Seclusion: Khalwa in Islam

Towards the goal of attaining enlightenment and a deeper connection with the Divine Presence of God, one of the most powerful spiritual practices in Islam is that of khalwa, or spiritual seclusion. Khalwa was practiced by the Prophet Muhammad (S) througout his life, both before and after receiving revelation. In fact, it was during immersions in khalwa that the Prophet …

The Essential Practice of Meditation in Islam

At some point in the early history of Islam, the focus of Islamic practice shifted from the inner to the outer, from the spiritual to the formal. As a result, much of the original way of the Prophet Muhammad (S) became obscured to the masses. Yet nevertheless, Islamic spirituality was kept alive by a small yet pious portion of the …