The Goodness in Getting Sick

The Goodness in Getting Sick

Qur’an Connection After praising Allah in Arabic for one minute and fifteen seconds, Ustadh Michael Wolfender reminds how we take our health for granted, until becoming sick. Islam, as a lifestyle, promotes hygiene, fending illness. This includes washing five...
How to Win

How to Win

Blog After beginning his khutbah or the weekly reminder in Arabic for 45 seconds, Senior Student Zakariya Alkhawaldeh recites Surah Al-’Asr where Allah swears by time, indicating that humanity is in loss before ending the surah with the solutions towards ensuring...
Take Ownership of Your Destiny

Take Ownership of Your Destiny

Blog The weekly Friday reminder or khutbah begins in Arabic for one minute before Ustadh Michael Wolfender translates to English means of character perfection. Brother Michael starts with four passages from the Qur’an describing man’s behavior and our fate based on...
Steps for Success

Steps for Success

Blog After beginning in Arabic for one minute and fifteen seconds, Ustadh Michael Wolfender declares how Allah has always sent the same message, including with and before prophets Abraham and Moses. Nonetheless, most prefer this life though the hereafter is what will...
The Purpose of Life

The Purpose of Life

Blog After starting the first minute of his weekly khutbah or sermon before students at Good Tree Academy in Arabic, Ustadh Michael Wolfender declares Allah as Most Forgiving, referencing the beginning of Surah Mulk (The Sovereignty 67:1-2): “Blessed is the One in...
Learning from Surah Al-Waqi’ah

Learning from Surah Al-Waqi’ah

Blog The Qur’an as a book of guidance requires training and study to understand. Ustadh Michael Wolfender provides lessons from Surah Al-Waqi’ah (56 The Inevitable) with context to help understand and be guided by Allah’s Words.  Allah provides humanity the power of...
Two Sources of Guidance

Two Sources of Guidance

Blog Muslims follow two sources of guidance: the Qur’an and the life lessons from Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. The latter is known as hadith or recorded traditions. Ustadh Michael Wolfender explains it’s important to understand why we follow these instructions....
How to Fight Doubt

How to Fight Doubt

Blog Do you find it difficult to begin finding and counting the blessings we enjoy, including the gift of prayer Allah has provided? Ustadh Michael Wolfender presents several considerations, including an analogy of the power Allah presents in traffic and intersections...
This is What’s Worth Working For

This is What’s Worth Working For

Blog A special khutbah from a Good Tree Academy senior illustrating the eternal reward everyone should strive for. In His Book, Allah gives glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds as these are the two means to earn eternal success in gardens and...
Tested Towards True Success

Tested Towards True Success

Blog In Surah 92 Al-Layl (The Night), Allah swears by the day and night as opposites, just as life can be divided between those who give and those who don’t. The first category of people are those who give, are mindful of Allah and the consequences of actions,...