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Mountains of Life

Sometimes we find ourselves at the bottom of mountains: a mountain of sins that need to be corrected; a mountain of things that need to be achieved; or even a mountain of self-refinement that needs to occur. At first, we may attempt to jump over the mega-mountains of life, but this only causes us to […]

The Break

While we were growing up, my mom always promised my brother and I something that she fully intended to practice – she told us that if we ever grew too proud, too arrogant, or started going in the wrong direction, she would break us. Our mother – the one who carried us in her womb […]

A Constant Relationship

All throughout life our environments change, but there is one thing that remains constant no matter what situation we may fall into: the fact that we are constantly in a relationship with Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He). With each emotion that results in action, we are paving our way to our permanent abode […]

Have Mercy on Your Leaders

Amazing advice taken directly from a talk that Dr. Sherman Abdul Hakim Jackson gave at the 2010 RIS (Reviving the Islamic Spirit) Convention. “Please brothers and sisters, have some mercy on your scholars, your imams, your activists. Brothers and sisters, you have no idea of some of the pressures they are under. You have no […]

Defeat

One word defines it all. It is that moment in time when even breathing becomes difficult. Everything that once was, is not. And everything that will be, is unclear. It’s when your trust has been broken, your emotions shattered, and your mindset has become scattered. With each painful breath you know that if you take this […]

From Tragedy Springs Hope

WebbStaff Note: This is part of a series of posts entitled “Muslims Making a Difference,” featuring Muslims benefiting society at different levels. To nominate someone to be profiled, please email their name, contact info and bio to: submissions[at]suhaibwebb[dot]com. Muslims Making a Difference: I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII […]

Tuesdays with Morrie

An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’’s Greatest Lesson With an Islamic Twist When my father was in the hospital earlier this year, a friend of mine gave him a book titled Tuesdays with Morrie as a gift. I immediately wanted to grab it and read it but thought I would wait until the […]

From Mountains to Ashes

I have only seen mountains once in my life, from a couple thousand feet above. I remember looking out of the airplane window, seeing frosty tops scatter the horizon. Even from so high up, they were massive. I imagined myself standing at the bottom of the mountains, looking up and up and up…and I realized […]

Breaking the Cycle of Sin

“I’ve disappointed myself one too many times in my lifetime. Going for the gold, reaching half way, then giving up as if it was nothing…as if it wasn’t worth it. Each time I do this, I’m left staring at my pitiful reflection in the mirror saying, “What the heck is my problem? What is it […]

Du`a’ and Despair

Question: I have a few questions concerning du`a’ (supplication). What are the best times to make du`a’? I’ve been making du`a’ in the last hour of the night, and I’m encouraged to keep making it until Allah grants  me my wish or gives me whatever He thinks is best for me. However, as humans we […]

Good and Evil

It’s drilled into our heads time and time again that advice, in Islam, holds high status. We are commanded to enjoin good and forbid evil whenever it is possible. But the truth of the matter is, sometimes it’s just downright hard. We carefully coin the advice that we want our friends to understand, but even […]

Murphy’s Boy

A scene from Murphy’s Boy, a non-fiction book by Torey Hayden, has been engraved into my mind forever. I read the book 6 years ago and yet, the image remains vivid, the message clear. Kevin, a young boy disturbed by his traumatic past, sits huddled in the corner of a room under a desk. In […]

Ihsan and Lateef

It was just one of those days that make you want to crawl back into bed, put your covers over your head, and sleep until things just fix themselves. But I crawled out of bed, got dressed and moved on with my life. Why? Why didn’t I just sulk in my unhappy state? Because I […]

Sunday School Complex

Questions come up in a single class Girls not happy with this meaningful path They don’t get it, no one has helped them understand And now to the Sunday school their parents drag them by hand Help my daughter she is driving me insane But what have you done to ensure their name To ensure […]

State of the Ummah Address

Last weekend I entered an Islamic bookstore and took a deep breath, indulging in the sweet smell of new books. I love to read so much, and being in that doorway put my heart at ease. I walked to the nearest shelf and began sifting through all the books, wishing, for a second, that I […]

Surrounded By Mirrors

I remember when our restroom mirror was being replaced, my family decided to snatch mine, until a new one was bought. I didn’t really mind it at the time, I didn’t really use it that much…or so I thought. After they took it away, my life became a little…lopsided. Each morning I would wake up, get […]

Being American

We were walking, a friend and I, through Town Center, when I heard the voice of a woman yelling angry words. I turned around and found she was looking dead at us. Only then did I register what she was saying. “YOU DON’T HAVE TO WEAR THAT YOU KNOW, YOU’RE IN TEXAS!” Funny, did she […]

…Keeping His Dream Alive…

I never wake up from text messages, it’s something I have become immune to. With my friends taking advantage of their insomnia and their unlimited text messaging, I have just found a way to sleep through the ringing of my phone. For some reason, this time, the ringing of my phone was more than just […]

Flying While Muslim

As I board the plane, I look out the window, getting ready for the ride of a lifetime. I know there is something different about this time. For some reason everyone is looking at me, thinking I am different, thinking that I am “the weird one”. I have a window seat; the seat gives a […]

In a World of “After you” and “Ladies first”

It’s easy to get swept into this society’s norms In a World of “After you” and “Ladies first” All wrongs seem to come at you in the right forms. In a World of “After you” and “Ladies first” In a world where girls and guys can intermingle In a world where it’s a virtue to […]