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So I have to admit I do have a Netflix account.  While sifting through suitable cartoons for the kids to watch, I come across the occasionally intriguing documentary.  One recent find was “ I Am” by  Tom Shadyac.  If his name escapes you, you may know some films he wrote/directed such as : Ace…

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The Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) said that wisdom is the lost property of a believer, wherever he/she finds it they have a right to it.  I think there is great wisdom in Chaplain Barry Black's comments to the house and senate.  

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“I hope that those pure of heart who look upon my works from now until the end of time and the day of judgement will regard me kindly, and when they see the earnestness of my endeavour and dedication remember me in the prayers.  May God’s will be done.” The greatest architect who lived and that…

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By Moutasem Atiya A young companion once came to the Messenger ﷺ asking for permission to fornicate. The companions present at the time erupted with rage and told him to stop talking. The Prophet ﷺ gently asked the young companion to sit by his side and—speaking to him very calmly—asked him if…

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There is a famous story that I learned in my childhood of a man who committed a great sin and then came to an Imam to ask him what to do. The Imam answered, “Seek God’s forgiveness.”  The man went away only to return a short time later to the Imam. “I have committed a great sin,” said the…

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Once the smoke of July 4th fireworks and grills wafts away it will probably dawn on you that Ramadan is less than a week away.   Anxiety about the long hours of fasting and the heat sets in.  Long gone is the winter Ramadans of your youth, where you would come home from school and nap for an…

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I loved the X-Men, A band of diverse mutants with special powers uniting to fight evil.  Wolverine was my favorite; he has these super sharp adamantium claws that can retract from the top of his hand, not to mention his super healing ability.  Then there was Cyclops, he would shoot plasma rays…

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It was narrated that during the time of Prophet Moses alayhi as-salaam (peace be upon him) two men had passed away.  One was considered to be righteous, the other to be a sinner.  Allah (swt) revealed to Moses that the perceived righteous man was in damnation while the sinner had been forgiven. …

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Ramadan this year is a spiritual P90x of sorts, taking our bodies and spirits to the limits.  Most of us will be fasting sixteen-hour days in sweltering temperatures.  Top that off with Isha prayers that commence at 10:30pm and a tarawih that finishes past midnight, and this will be a Ramadan to…

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There was a time in history when Christmas was more than getting thirty percent off the newest flat-screen at BestBuy, or anticipating Macy’s super holiday sale.   There was a time when it was a celebration of Jesus the son of Mary.  As Muslims we can argue the  origins of Christmas until we are…

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