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,...
Guidance from the Beginning

Guidance from the Beginning

Blog Ustadh Michael Wolfender relates purpose in life with guidance from Surah Fatihah, including how every one of our actions can relate to worship and turning again and again to our Creator to ask for help. ShareThis:...
Purpose and Power in Dua

Purpose and Power in Dua

Blog Got problems? Of course you do! We all do. Guest khateeb Ameen Almallah helps us understand the purpose and power of dua. Most of our duas fall into one of two categories: seeking to remove a problem and future benefit. It’s important for believers to always...
AIM to be content, creating true inner strength

AIM to be content, creating true inner strength

Blog Learn the power of AIM: Being pleased with Allah and His Decree, Islam as our religion and Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him as our messenger. Ustadh Michael Wolfender uses his own story of finding Islam, the father of a victim of murder and historical...
Who are the winners?

Who are the winners?

Blog Those who believe, do good deeds, encourage each other to the truth and encourage each other to be patient and to act with patience. Ustadh Michael Wolfender explains the guidance in Surah Asr, including how early believers in Islam recited this to each other...