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Slippers for Sale

She quietly slipped onto the train, and if our eyes hadn’t met, I wouldn’t have noticed the tears at all. They hung, in her eyes, waiting for any moment to pour forth. I glanced down at her feet and noticed they were bare, her slippers in her hands. In her arms was a baby, wrapped […]

Jannah Points

I came into class one morning, excited to take my young students to the computer lab. “It’s computer lab day!” I announced. Just as I had expected, the whole class was excited for change and ready to take the trip down the hall. Well, everyone except one student. He looked at me from behind his […]

The Power of Words

It had been an exceptionally hard day for me, about 3 years ago. Everything seemed to be out of place and one thing after another was going wrong. I headed over to the University Center to get a bite to eat—maybe food would calm my nerves. At the time, I had been wearing niqab (the […]

Forgiveness: the Glue for a Broken Heart

Crash. Bang. Smash. ‘What was that?!’ That was the sound of a once sound heart, shattering into a million pieces. Imagine you are the person carrying that heart: covered in pain and soaked in tears. Maybe you don’t have to imagine, because maybe that is your heart. We are the broken-hearted. Betrayal, oppression, deception, whatever […]

I Sought Counsel

I’ve sought counsel from numerous people – About me: My life. My hurt. My pain. My joy. – On all the different things I see; I went to them seeking counsel, in how to please the One above, How to live a life for Him – not out of force – but love. I’ve gotten […]

Making the Ramadan Spirit Last

Our beloved Ramadan has come to an end and our environment is returning back to its norm. We are living life as we always do, 11 months out of the year. Ramadan was our chance to grow, to learn and to experience a variety of different emotions and feelings. If we could hold onto Ramadan […]

Missing the Man I Never Met

Commanded to Love: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI |Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV As we’ve traveled through our journey in this series, we have covered the […]

Peace and Blessings

Commanded to Love: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV Over and over again, we send blessing on the Prophet ﷺ (peace and blessings be upon him), but do we know the meaning of what we are saying or why we are even saying […]

Muhammad Loves You

Commanded to Love: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI |Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV It’s hard, living so far away from a man we love so much. It’s hard, not being […]

What’s in a Name?

Commanded to Love: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI |Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV Think of a person you consider to be very popular, someone everyone loves. Now think of all the names […]

Envisioning our Beloved

Commanded to Love: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI |Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV When we love someone, we crave to know every detail of their waking (and perhaps even sleeping!) lives. We want to […]

The Counselor

Commanded to Love: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI |Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV A sheikh recently visited our community, blowing us away with narrations of the Prophet’s ﷺ life. One thing that stood out however, was […]

He Could Relate

Commanded to Love: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI |Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV Many times we may fall into thinking that Allah doesn’t love us because of the trials that we are put through, but as a mercy, […]

He Kept it Real!

Commanded to Love: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV Many of us have a wide variety of masks that we put on throughout the day depending on whom we are with and what […]

A Man of Mercy

Commanded to Love: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV Today, often times a “religious” person is seen to be someone who is rough and rigid, spouting do’s and don’ts without thinking twice about the emotions […]

A Man of Ultimate Consideration

Commanded to Love: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV Even at a young age, the Prophet ﷺ showed amazing consideration to those around him. Despite the lack of a steady father figure and the many […]

A Man of Character

Commanded to Love: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV Now that we know we must love the Prophet ﷺ, what true love is, and what the signs of love are, we must begin to actually […]

Signs of True Love

Commanded to Love: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV Now that we know what love actually is, how do we know that we actually love him? How do we know that our hearts […]

What is Love?

Commanded to Love: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV Ali, the fourth caliph of Islam, spoke of the reverence held for the Prophet ﷺ:“Whoever saw him suddenly, was in awe of him; and whoever […]

We Were Commanded to Love

Commanded to Love: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV We have been commanded to obey him; we have been commanded to respect him; but the key to both these things lies in the […]