Posts Tagged ‘Yasmin Mogahed’

Healing the Hardest of Hearts

By Aisha Bhoori The ambulance was shrieking, and I was the unlucky patient being hurriedly transported to the local hospital. My body lay on a stretcher inside the vehicle, pain shooting through my left arm. “It looks like a massive heart attack,” I heard one of the paramedics whisper. Not knowing the true severity of […]

I Prayed for Peace Today

I found myself praying for peace today. I’ve been in and out of my mind a thousand times I know You heard me. I know I wasn’t alone in that room, shaking with the fear of fear, the harrowing loneliness. I cried out to You on my hands. On my knees. With my face pushed […]

One Jewish Woman’s Fight for Palestine

For Jennifer Loewenstein, April 19, 2002 was a “waking nightmare”. She stood silent at the edge of the camp, in disbelief—and horror. Listening to the sound of wailing, she watched as medical workers lay out the bodies of the dead. The corpses, wrapped in white, were loaded onto the back of a pick-up truck. “I […]

The Only Shelter in the Storm

It’s never easy to stand when the storm hits. As soon as it starts raining, lightning shortly follows. Dark clouds replace the sun and all you can see are the waves of an ocean, once calm, surrounding you. No longer able to find your way, you reach out for help. You begin by calling the […]

Carrying the Torch of Ramadan Forward

Ramadan has passed. Our Qur’ans have shut. Our masajid have emptied. And our hearts have once again filled with the love of life, the hatred of death, and the desires that consume us. The Shaytan that was once banned has again taken his place in our minds, our homes, at our front, and at our […]

Ramadan: Raining with Mercy

Originally posted in August 2010 Imagine for a moment that it’s raining. It is pouring, in fact. And imagine that you are inside your house, watching as it falls. But imagine that there is something very different about this rain. It is unlike any other you’ve ever seen. On this day, it is not raining […]

A Sacred Conversation

There is a time of night when the whole world transforms. During the day, chaos often takes over our lives. The responsibilities of work, school, and family dominate much of our attention. Other than the time we take for the five daily prayers, it is hard to also take time out to reflect or even […]

On Filling the Inner Hole and Coming Home

We’re Home. And then we aren’t. Torn away from our origin, we came across time and space to another world. A lesser world. But in that separation, something painful happened. We were no longer with God in the physical space. We could no longer see Him with our physical eyes, or speak to Him with […]

The Darkest Hour and the Coming of the Dawn

According to a well-stated proverb, the darkest hour is just before the dawn.  And although astronomically the darkest point is much earlier, the truth of this proverb is metaphoric—but in no way less real. So often we find that the darkest times in our lives are followed by the most precious.  Often, it is at […]

Webinar: Ramadan Prep with Yasmin Mogahed!

TRAINING YOUR NAFS: A Seminar to Prepare for Ramadan FREE ONLINE WEBINAR Where: Online When: Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 7:00-8:00 PM EST Speaker: Yasmin Mogahed REGISTER: http://bit.ly/registerforwebinar The Prophet Muhammed ﷺ said, “…And the gates of Heaven will be open in this month and the gates of Hell will be closed. And the devils will […]

Seeing Your Home in Jennah: On Seeking Divine Help

I know a story that isn’t just a story. It begins with a woman who loved something more than the glitter of this life. She was a woman who never allowed herself to be defined or limited by her painful circumstances; she carried in her such a deep faith that she was willing to die […]

Hardships and the Path to God

The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) said: “If Allah wills good for someone, He subjects them to hardship.” How could that be? How can hardship ever be good for us? What is the purpose of trials and why does Allah promise that we will face trials and tribulation? In what way does hardship purify […]

We Buried a Man Today: a Reflection on Death

I wrote this in the car on my way back home from the burial of a righteous soul. May Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (swt) have mercy on him and his family. Ameen. —– We buried a man today. And here I am now on my way home in the caravan of the living. For now. […]

A Believer’s Response to the King Hearings

For Muslims, now is a time of turmoil. With the recent hearings on Capitol Hill, led by Representative Peter King, on the “radicalization of the Muslim-American community,” the battle against Shari`ah, and wide spread anti-Muslim sentiment, it’s difficult not to feel despair. Many of us are wondering, why is this happening to us? How could […]

Today’s Opening of the Red Sea (Lessons from Egypt)

When Prophet Musa (as) stood in front of the Red Sea, a tyrant and his army approached from behind. Some of those in Musa’s midst began to divide. Looking ahead, those people saw only defeat: “And when the two bodies saw each other, the people of Moses said: ‘We are sure to be overtaken.’”(Qur’an, 26:61). […]

The Dream of Life

It was only a dream.  For a moment, it overtakes me. Yet the suffering I feel in my nightmare is only an illusion. Temporary. Like the blink of an eye. Why do I dream? Why do I have to feel that loss, fear, and sadness in my sleep? On a greater scale, it’s a question […]

The Essence of Islam: Are We Missing the Point?

To some, a Monet is only a collection of dots. To others, it is a perfect masterpiece. To some, Islam is nothing but a code of rules and regulations. But, to those who understand, it is a perfect vision of life. As Muslims, we often focus so much on Islam’s dos and don’ts that we […]

Question Regarding Dating

Question: Is dating allowed in Islam so that I can get to know someone for marriage? It’s hard to get married and dating is normal in our society. Arranged marriages aren’t realistic for us nowadays. Answer: As-salamu `alaykum brother, Thank you for the honest question you asked regarding dating. There are a number of issues that you brought […]

The Ocean of Dunya

Part I | Part II Yesterday, I went to the beach. As I sat watching the massive Californian waves, I realized something strange. The ocean is so breathtakingly beautiful. But just as it is beautiful, it is also deadly. The same spellbinding waves, which we appreciate from the shore, can kill us if we enter […]

The Stab

Don’t grieve at the stab. It’s only meant to free you. From the chains that bind you to the earth and shackle you to the shadows of people. The mirage of water cannot quench. But is so beautiful to the thirsty. I’m afraid. Of never knowing another life. Different. So different. If I let go, […]