Archive for the ‘Worship’ category

Cutting Nails and Hair in Dhul Hijjah

Am I allowed to cut my nails and hair during the first ten days of the month of Dhul Ḥijjah? I begin in the name of Allah, the most kind and merciful: Summarized Answer Scholars, past and present, have differed over this issue, so it should not be turned into a matter of dispute. It […]

Hajj: A Submission to God

By Noha Alshugairi I still remember myself as a young child of 6 moving from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia, struggling with a new country, language, and school. My first spoken language was the English of Nigeria; a mix of British English with an accent of the local dialect. My Arabic at the time was limited […]

Muslims Who Broke My Heart

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 | VIII | IX | X | XI | XII | XIII | XIV By Dr. Wajid Akhter I don’t count myself as an […]

The Other Hajj Tips

By Noha Alshugairi Many people have written about Hajj: what to expect, how to prepare, what to take, and how to perform the rituals, etc. I am not offering any of these tips. As a therapist, I see how my clients’ perceptions and attitudes impact the way they experience life; and since Hajj is a […]

Fajr

By Musa Burki   As we rise in the morning Our souls possess a yearning To fill our hearts with spiritual light Kneeling as a humble servant in His sight   The dawn rings out a peaceful solitude Rising from our slumber to show gratitude Revealed words which emanate from the heart A beautiful ritual […]

A Few Things Every Prospective Hajji Should Know

By Hajja Saira Hajji ['haj-jee] (col.) noun  1. someone who performs the act of Hajj (Pilgrimage). 2. a title given to someone who survived Hajj Introduction Welcome, prospective Hajji, to a unique journey. This journey is an invitation from your Lord to visit His House and engage in one of the most illustrious acts of worship. […]

The Reality of One Ummah

Abdullah Brothers’ Ramadan Masjid Tour: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII As we prepped for Lubbock, TX, I had no idea what to expect. Weather-wise I was getting very nervous. The hard rain, the dark clouds, the lightning showers we drove into gave me instant Taqwaa. I just think of the Ad & […]

Ramadan: A Poem

By Musa Burki A time for our hearts to become unsealed Reflecting on the divine words revealed The month which we hope to never end Unable to count the infinite blessings it sends   Asked by our Lord to give up our worldly pleasures So that we may receive His divine treasures It’s a time […]

Marriage as Medicine

Abdullah Brothers’ Ramadan Masjid Tour: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII Jumah is the best day of the week. The Khateeb, Imam Suleiman, sent a purifying message at the Atlanta Masjid. He talked about the diseases of the heart. The more he spoke, the more I began to feel dirty, and dirtier, until I […]

Pardon

SubhanAllah (Glory be to God)—the last 10 days of Ramadan have begun. One of these nights will be Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of Power) insha’Allah (God willing)—a time for intensified reflection, worship and giving. Aisha radi allahu anha (may God be pleased with her), realizing the magnanimity of this time, asked the Prophet ﷺ (peace […]

Ramadan Fatigue: One Last Time

By Oussama Mezoui It was early June, if not late May. Mustafa and I were in the middle of a large meal at Behesht Restaurant on the Harrow Road. As always we started off the meal with his favourite Salad Olvieh and Naan bread before moving on to the large Mixed Special Kebab, which although […]

Purifying Your Intentions

Abdullah Brothers’ Ramadan Masjid Tour: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI One of the rewarding things about this trip is seeing the true beauty of Islam. Rich or poor, black or white, big or little, it doesn’t matter, Islam prevails. I get excited to see Muslims regardless of ethnicity. I get a little more excited […]

Ramadan Reflections: Hardships Are Hidden Blessings

By Lauren Tabakhi The pre-Ramadan enthusiasm I felt within me was unmatched compared to any other point in time throughout the year. In prior months before this spiritual season, I regretfully admit to losing sight of many of the priorities and principles that I used to hold so dear. Thus, as Ramadan drew near, my […]

Be the Light

This Ramadan, Americans have faced some difficult trials: the shooting in the Aurora theater, the shooting in the Sikh temple, and the burnt down mosque in Missouri. A sister was also hit after taraweeh (extra night prayers) by a car in a hit-and-run as she was walking outside the parking lots around a local masjid; […]

How Does One Soften Their Heart?

Originally Published August 2011 As the last ten nights of Ramadan are upon us, many of us are still in shock at the speed with which Ramadan has passed. Our goals may not yet be realized, our habits may not yet have changed, and our hearts may not yet have felt the sweetness of this […]

Representing Muslims

Abdullah Brothers’ Ramadan Masjid Tour: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI As we made our way to Cleveland, OH I kept thinking, why do they call this place ‘the mistake by the Lake’? Cleveland has a very unfortunate history of losing and losing in dramatic fashion in the sporting world. But, for me […]

All About Reflection

Abdullah Brothers’ Ramadan Masjid Tour: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Leaving Denver, CO we had nine hours on our hands to talk about life. One of the most rewarding things about this trip is spending time with my older brothers. The two I’ve looked up to since I popped out the womb. They’ve […]

Lessons from a 10-year-old Beggar

After work last week, I decided to take a trip to the local coffee shop. I ordered my iced latte and began my walk home. Coffee in hand, I found myself sandwiched by two small children. I turn to the young boy on my right and smiled, instantly realizing they were walking by my side […]

The State of Muslims in America

Abdullah Brothers’ Ramadan Masjid Tour: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI The following video is from Day 1 of the Ramadan Masjid Tour, when Hamza and Husain Abdullah spoke at IIOC. Pullman, WA: a special place in the hearts of everyone who’s ever been there. My experience started […]

L.A. to Seattle

Abdullah Brothers’ Ramadan Masjid Tour: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI This post is the second in a series of updates from Hamza and Husain Abdullah in their Ramadan Masjid Tour. Check out the first post here. Assalamu `alaykum, Los Angeles, CA where I was born and somewhat raised: sunny skies, palm trees and […]