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As we begin the calendar year of 2014, many of us will reflect on the previous year and contemplate ways to enrich our lives. Among the most common resolutions made around this time are those directly related to self-improvement such as weight loss, exercise and healthier eating, knowledge…

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It was New Year's Day.  Sami woke up, excited to see what 2014 had in store for him.  He washed his face and brushed his teeth.  Head? Check.  Nose? Check.  Ears? Check.  So far, the new year had not brought him anything new.  Sami ate breakfast, and looked at a book that he hoped to complete…

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The past decade or so has seen a growth of interest in the Muslim ‘cultural imperative.’  What will American Muslim culture look like? And what determines its validity?  What makes a culture what it is?

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By Moutasem Atiya & Hasan Awan, M.D. It is probably the most common New Year’s resolution. We have likely made it ourselves, or have heard it from countless friends and family. It goes something like "This year I will lose weight and get fit." The stampede to the gym ensues, and about three…

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Labeling can have negative impact on how individuals see each other and themselves, hampering bonds. Stigma is a powerfully negative label that changes a person's self-concept and social identity.  Often those in a perceived majority or norm seek to alienate any perceived variance via the vehicle…

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Frustrated that you haven't met your spiritual goals because of the burdens of family, work, and social responsibilities? Here are four things to remember to have a truly wonderful life and a positive impact on the world.

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Aisha once asked the Prophet Muhammadﷺ to make a dua (supplication) for her. He responded, "Oh God! Forgive Aisha's past and future transgressions, both those which are hidden and those which are apparent!"

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Disability Awareness Month recently passed and it would behoove us for a moment to think about how Islam and Muslims view individuals with disabilities.  There are specific conditions such as blindness, deafness, etc. that can lead to certain disadvantages – but it is up to our society to ensure…

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It is a remedy for sorrow because grief mostly occurs when one misses something one loves, or when a distressful thing occurs; and whenever either of these things occurs people perceive their helplessness and inability to achieve their desired aims; hence they feel sorrow. If at such times they…

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Who is a "Sufi"? Who is a "Salafi"?  And why are Muslims today wary of both? Spirituality in Islam is a tradition about moving past mere statements and labels and into the realm of meaningful states.

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