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The Pursuit of Happiness

*Update* Disclaimer: This article does not deal with clinical depression. While some of the steps can be used as prevention, clinical depression is a mental illness that should be addressed by a trained professional. Any general references to ‘depression’ in the article refer to depression in regular parlance, and not as a medical term. I […]

Never Stop Learning… For Yourself

Lessons in Islamic Work: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X One of the key aspects of working for Islam is that you are calling to God, subhanahu wa ta’ala (exalted is He). That requires knowledge of Islam and a serious relationship with the Qur’an, sunnah (traditions […]

#Love

By Rana Mohammad The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ ran home to Khadija and said, “Cover me, cover me!”  Khadija (radi Allahu `anha, may God be pleased with her) held her frightened husband close in her comforting arms. With her warmth and soothing words, she reassured him that she did not have a doubt he was the […]

Al-Haqq- The Absolute Truth

Names of Allah Series:  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 | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX | Part XXI | Part XXII | Part XXIII | Part XXIV | Part XXV | Part XXVI | Part XXVII  | Part XXVIII Allah is al-Haqq, the Absolute Truth. Al-Ghazali says: “Al-Haqq—the Truth—is […]

Great People are Hard to Replace

Lessons in Islamic Work: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X This lesson is a corollary to the last one, and there is no contradiction between them. The last one was about how we should look at ourselves, and today’s is about how we should look at […]

You Can Be Replaced

Lessons in Islamic Work: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X One of the trials that workers are often afflicted with is thinking that they are more important than they are. We work hard, we struggle, we have a few successes, and then we think that we have done […]

Seeking Permission

Lessons in Islamic Work: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII One of the results of having an amir, leader, or decision-making process is that decisions have a process by which they should be made. Indeed, this sounds so simple that it is almost foolish to state it, but it […]

The War Against Traditions

When the Prophet ﷺ was sent with the divine message, the key change that took place was the fact that rather than traditions and ancients customs being the sole source of practice and yardstick for right and wrong, it was the book of Allah, subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He), the Qur’an and the Prophetic […]

At the Door of Greatness—The Fruits of Sitting with a Teacher

Once a student sat with a teacher to read a text. As he opened the book, the teacher turned to him and said, “Have you ever asked yourself why the scholars use the word bāb (door) to title what you call chapters in English?” The student responded, “Yes, but I did not give it a […]

Appointing an Amir

Lessons in Islamic Work: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII “If three people are traveling then appoint one from amongst you to be the amir (leader).” – Narrated by al-Tabari with a sound chain of transmission. An essential part of working for Islam is working in a group. […]

Foundations for a Meaningful Life

By Kaneez Fatima Recently, after a long time, I bought something I was really pleased with. It was a dress. I was so happy to possess it that I wore it (as trial) at least thrice the very day I bought it. Realizing that I could not have had it if God, subhanahu wa ta`ala […]

What is for Allah Remains

Lessons in Islamic Work: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII When people come together and struggle for a cause they have a tendency to focus on the details and materialistic aspects; in others words, they become consumed by the means. The potential downside of this is […]

A Bucket of Silver or a Handful of Gold: A Lesson on Quality Over Quantity

Lessons in Islamic Work: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII One of the most common mistakes that occurs in a pop-cultured understanding of Islam is that we tend to focus entirely on numbers. How many people are attending? How large was the event? What did the stage look like? However, this […]

Who has your trust?

Names of Allah Series:  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 | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX | Part XXI | Part XXII | Part XXIII | Part XXIV | Part XXV | Part XXVI | Part XXVII  | Part XXVIII   Who do you trust? Who […]

God Guides Whom He Wills

At least 17 times a day, we have been commanded to call upon our Beloved Guide: “Guide us to the straight path; the path of those whom you have favored, not the path of those who have earned your displeasure or those who have gone astray.”  (Qu’ran, 1:6-7) Why do we have to repeat that […]

Worship Allah Not People: Lessons from Islamic Leadership

Lessons in Islamic Work Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII It is part of our nature as human beings to develop an attachment to those we love. From leaders to role models, to our family and friends; it’s hard to imagine a world without those dear to us. […]

The Aid of Allah is Tied to One’s Intentions

Lessons in Islamic Work Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII Salim ibn Abdullah radi Allahu `anhu (may Allah be pleased with him) wrote to Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz (ra) giving him the following advice: “Know that the aid of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) for His […]

A Living Faith: Faith and 5

A Living Faith: Part I The word faith (Ar. imān) is constantly mentioned in communities, bellowing from pulpits and lessons, floating through the classrooms of Islamic schools or, most importantly, whispering to us from a deep place inside our hearts. Faith walks with us; it is there when tears run down our cheeks, and it […]

Inner Aspects of Worship

Human tendency is to get attached. As humans, we have the potential to very easily invest ourselves, physically and emotionally, and create a sense of attachment to what is around us. It can be attachment to material items, to people in our lives, to our jobs, or to almost anything else. These attachments aren’t necessarily […]

Personalized Expressions of Generosity: The Example of Two Sisters

One day Abdullah, the son of Zubair, told those around him: “I have never met anyone more generous than my mother and my aunt.” He was describing Asma and Aisha radi Allahu `anhuma (may God be pleased with them). Abdullah, the son of Asma and the nephew of Aisha, explained: “Their generosity was different. Aisha […]