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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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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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