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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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We often get so swept up in the routine of life that we take our marriages for granted.  Thankfully Allah has given us a perfect portrait in the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him and his family) to help break that routine.  Here are five practical and powerful essons from the Messenger to…

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Note: In early September Al-Madina Institute held a spiritual tour of Istanbul accompanied by Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui and Ustadh Moutasem Atiya.  Fifty participants partook in event (Al-Madina Institute never exceeds one bus to further enrich the experience).  Below are reflections from Saleem…

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Given the current world affairs, I recently walked into a local prayer hall expecting to hear words filled with advice on loving the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him and his family) and living the Prophetic example.  Instead, a young, over zealous fellow, feeling the need to…

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Note: In March of 2012 Al-Madina Institute took fifty spiritual aspirants on a tour of Morocco.  Below is a travelogue written by Amrin Quraishi Ajmal.  Links to photos and audio recordings from the trip can be found at the end of the article. The excited Al-Madina crowd assembled by the lounge…

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It was an amazing tale of attempted seduction. Yusuf (peace be upon him) lived for years in the house of Zulekha, a woman of beauty, power and influence. Day in and day out, Zulekha was exposed to his physical allure, a composition so stunning that the Messenger Muhammad [peace be upon him and…

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It was the third year after the hijrah, during the middle of the blessed month of Ramadan.  God had blessed Fatima, daughter of the Messenger of Allah, with her first son.  Ali, the boy’s father, recounts the story himself : “ When Hasan was born, I originally named him Harb [War], so the…

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Far removed from the comforts of the palace of Pharaoh he once called home, Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) now toiled in the desert of Egypt for days. As blazing sun scorched his skin and his feet ached from the long journey, his stomach wailed of hunger and thirst. With the physical world…

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