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The Best Days of this World

Originally Posted in November 2009 By Zahra The Virtues of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah1 : 1. Ahadith (narrations) of the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him): قال النبي –صلى الله عليه وسلم-( مامن أيام العمل الصالح فيها أحب إلى الله من هذه الأيام قالوا يا رسول الله : ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله […]

When You Marry for Four Reasons, Don’t Forget Your Reason

By Karim Serageldin As a practicing psychologist, I was once consulted by a brother in Turkey in need of immediate relationship advice. In summary, the brother’s “emergency” was that he had met a nice religious girl from a good family but was not attracted to her at all. He was under pressure from both his […]

The Evil Eye Is Real

Disclaimer: this post is not meant to explore the evil eye in and of itself, nor is it meant to provide any type of legal rulings or scholarly opinions regarding it. Instead, it’s simply meant to be a reflection and reminder to us all. Although most of us have heard of the evil eye and […]

Unlock the Treasures of Tranquility

by Hiba Khan I am easily distracted. This trait was a hindrance throughout my academic studies, but no doubt the area in which it is most detrimental is my worship. My daily prayers are plagued by thoughts that creep into my consciousness and silently grip my mind and heart, steering them away from Allah subhanahu […]

My Fiancé is Pushing Me to Be Religious

Question:  I am a Muslim living in the US and I am happily engaged. AlhamdulilLah (praise be to God) my iman (faith) and my love for my deen (religion) have always been high: I decided to wear the hijab 3 years ago on my own, I teach in a masjid, I attend halaqas (study circles) […]

Dignity, not Charity

By Louiza Chekhar One day, a man from Medina approached the Prophet ﷺ (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) for help, and the Prophet ﷺ asked whether he had any possessions in his house. He asked the man to bring the cloth and bowl which he owned, then sold them to one of his companions […]

Striving for Excellence

First Topic: Why Be Good When You Can Be “Excellent”? By Uzma Awan It so happens, sometimes Shaytan (Satan) fools us into believing we are doing well. We are keeping up with our fard (obligatory) salah (prayer), Ramadan fasts, yearly zakat (a tax that is the duty and social obligation of every Muslim), and infrequent […]

An Innocent Perspective

By Ammarah Usmani There’s something about kids that just makes me smile. As wild and unmanageable as they can be at times, it all stems from the glorious glow of innocence that adorns their faces each passing day. I was substituting for the Qur’an teacher at the Islamic school’s summer program. The kids were all […]

He will always be with you: Al-Baaqi – the Everlasting

  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 | Part XXIX | Part XXX | Part XXXI | Part XXXII | Part XXXIII | Part XXXIV | Part XXXV When […]

Reaching the Source

By Noha Gomaa The other day I passed by my University and noticed a blood drive taking place.  I have seen blood drives before, ads and signs asking people to give.  They became so frequent and like any other advertisement, I would just walk by. But that day I was curious.  I turned around and […]

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Originally posted in 2007. What do you think of when you see a Muslim doing something considered wrong? Ever look down on them? Think you are better than them? It’s really easy to be self-righteous. It’s even easier to fall prey to this attitude if you sport the outer ‘righteous’ look. But let’s ask ourselves […]

Eastern Texts Meet Western Quills: The First English Translation of the Qur’an

By Lubaaba Amatullah When asking fellow Muslims about the first English Qur’an, the response is frequently a reference to the 1930 translation by Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall. Less frequently an excited voice speaks of the George Sale Qur’an of 1734. However, British Islamic – and Qur’anic – history extends long beyond that, in a rich account […]

The Digital Dunya: Why I’m OK With Mediocre

It took me a very long time to realize this, but as soon as I did, I found myself shuttled into a new realm of liberation. I am fine with being mediocre. Let me explain. In this tech-savvy day and age, religiosity has found a new medium for expression: the internet. It is through this […]

Is it Too Late for Some of Us?

By Hamza Nabi Bismilah. Alhamdulillah. Was salatu was salamu ‘ala Rasoolillah. Amma ba’d. (In the name of God. All praise be to God. And peace and blessings on the Messenger of God.) There are things we are supposed to learn in life. Balancing our fear of God’s Punishment and our hope in God’s Mercy. Figuring […]

How to Speak to a Gay Sibling

Question: My 18-year-old sister recently told me that she was gay. Not only that, but she was also in a relationship with a girl whom we all thought was her best friend. And to make matters even worse, she said she was not sure she felt Muslim anymore. Obviously, I was shocked. But I love […]

Reflections on Friendship

Coming out of Ramadan, our souls are more raw and perceptive. That cuss word or the gossip that we freed our tongue and hearing of during Ramadan feels like ice on sensitive teeth. There is pain and irritation. And leaving Ramadan to the humdrum of daily life brings with it the very things we tried […]

Restoring the Balance: Compassion for God’s Creation

By Shabaana Kidy With the developments of the 21st century, we have come to expect variety, ease and speed in the way we buy and sell. However, most of us might not realize how the intense demands of the consumer culture we find ourselves in have put immense strain on all areas of production. We […]

On Excess

By Meltem Baykaner The day of Eid al-Adha last year was happily spent with my husband’s side of the family. With the men in one room of my brother-in-law’s house and we women in the other, we laughed as the children bounced around us excitedly, concentrating on one of the activities thoughtfully set up for […]

Sappy Love

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV| Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII We know about sappy love movies, where lovers have that star-dazed look in their eyes and are willing to do anything- anywhere- anytime- to be with their lover. Well, that does exist in Muslim marriages. And […]

After Repentance Comes… Hardship?

“And [He also forgave] the three who were left behind [and regretted their error] to the point that the earth closed in on them in spite of its vastness and their souls confined them and they were certain that there is no refuge from Allah except in Him. Then He turned to them so they […]