Archive for the ‘Overcoming Hardships’ category

Difficulty or Ease? Part II

Difficulty or Ease Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI By AbdelRahman Mussa This small series of articles aims to explore the following questions: Does Islam promote ease or difficulty? Does Islam state that the path to Allah is that of difficulty? Previously we looked at the first piece of evidence – […]

Coping With Fear

By Leila Adam Don’t allow undisciplined fear to make you jump on a bandwagon or act rashly on impulse against perceived injustices. Surah Al Qasas 1-46 is the story of Prophet Musa (Moses), `alayhi as-salaam (peace be upon him), growing up in the house of Fir`awn (Pharoah) and then entering his life of prophet-hood. I […]

Ar-Rahman, ar-Raheem, ar-Ra’uf: The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful, the Most Kind

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 All-Encompassing Mercy Her heart felt like it was being ripped apart. She […]

Working Within My Circle of Influence

By Khadija Amaan I would often find myself worrying about things and draining my energy. Yes, it would lead me to prayers, but also depression. When prayer leads you to depression, it means that you are doing something wrong. Prayer is hope. Prayer is faith. Prayer is uplifting. Prayer is not constant worry. I learned […]

All The Flowers In My Garden Are Dead

A Brief Essay on Faith and Forgiveness By Kashif Ghazanfar Today I met a man.  Red in the face and haggard, his eyes seemed to be made of glass.  Alcohol lingered around him like a ghost.  He confessed to me that he had ruined his heart by drinking; that it was now a wicked and desolate […]

Diving for Pearls

By Rami Koujah A recent encounter with a young girl opened my eyes to a silent, yet seriously disconcerting issue that many young people in our communities face. Almost everyone experiences something similar at some point in their lives; some succumbed to it while others overcome it. Yet for others it remains a constant struggle […]

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 […]

The Night Before Eid: Substance Abuse in the Muslim Community

As the last moments of Ramadan made their swan song, worshipers at the mosque I serve in Boston began to shine a sense of happiness, relief and accomplishment that lit the building. After the sunset prayer, people began to hug each other, congratulating each other for a blessed month of fasting, charity and prayers–a heck […]

The Benefits of Being Tested in Ramadan: A Personal Reflection

During this blessed month of Ramadan, quite a few calamities befell our community: a runaway teenager (who returned home safely, alhamdulilLah, praise be to God), a near-fatal car accident caused by an intoxicated driver and two emergency surgeries, all of which happened within the first 20 days of Ramadan.  In discussing the wave of trials, […]

Al-Fattah—He Who Opens All Things

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 Ramadan is upon us. It’s the most amazing […]

Living in a War Zone: Syria

Syrian Chronicles: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V In this series, Syrian refugees share their stories of being displaced as a result of the current atrocities occurring in that region. All accounts are factual, but may be written by a family member or a friend.   By Joud It […]

Everything’s Gone Wrong

Her life was falling apart before her very eyes. She spoke to me about the catastrophes that she was going through—slammed with one trial after another. “Nothing is going right,” she had told me that night, “Nothing.” And I had to admit her life was rough. Things looked like they kept going from bad to […]

From Aleppo to Sana’a

Syrian Chronicles: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V In this series, Syrian refugees share their stories of being displaced as a result of the current atrocities occurring in that region. All accounts are factual, but may be written by a family member or a friend.   By Mariam Khatib Every Syrian […]

A Chaplain’s Plea

By Ibrahim J. Long Humanity has come a long way. Life was once simple: living on a farm with family in an agrarian economy or trading goods at a local market. Yet, today we live in a time where societal life has become increasingly complex, and this complexity has had a dramatic effect upon our […]

So Close, So Dear, So Intimate

By Omar Ead Come closer. It’s so plain, it could pass you by without realization; so dear, you could take it for granted; so intimate, you may only recognize it if you surrender your entire being.  “…We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein”(Qur’an 50:16).  If you want to understand you must listen, with […]

Bringing a Secret to the Prophet’s Garden

I had been in Medina for 3 days and the crowds were like I had never seen in this city before, not even during Ḥajj. Would I leave without visiting the Prophet ﷺ? Anyone who has been there knows that such a thing is unthinkable. We had to give it one last shot. My sons […]

Don’t Leave the Mountain

Dear Brother, I have known you since you were a teenager, and I have witnessed you bloom beautifully. When I saw you around friends and people in the community, and saw how steadfast on the deen (religion) you were, you reminded me of how Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (glorified is He) protected Musa and brought […]

Layers of Darkness

A second grade class sat in front of their little cups of dirt, thinking about what was going on underneath the soil. Only a few days prior they had placed a seed deep underneath, hoping that it would one day sprout. They were only in the second grade so they couldn’t really understand the concept […]

Heavenly Breeze of Hope

By Othman Mohammad It is a hallmark of depressed people that they give up on hope. Life for these people can seem void of color, so mundane that it is not worth living any more. Any energy spent on the face of earth seems such a waste for them. Hence, depressed people seem to care […]

You Will Find Me, if Allah so Wills, Among Those Who Are Patient

By Shohala Hakim In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful. “And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he said, “O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think.” He said, “O my father, do as you are commanded. You […]