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My wife’s eyes tear with talk of sighting the moon.  My young daughters can’t wait for the thrill of it.  My elder daughters feign a je-ne-sais-pas teenage indifference but the twinkle in their eyes tells another tale.  I can’t believe how such a thin slice in space binds hearts together in such…

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Eid al-Adha is not only about Qurbani, but faith, family and sacrifice. By reading the narrative of Ibrahim and his son intertextually, we can better appreciate how the Qur’an views “sacrifice” and understand the larger lessons that the scripture conveys. 

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With a look of complete despair, I turned to my teacher and I told him about my anxieties. I told him that I really wanted my Hajj to be accepted but every book I read was telling me to do something different and now it was all garbled in my head. I was afraid that I was going to mess something up…

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To bring in the power of the Divine, the power of nothingness must be given up in return. Our grandmother Hajar understood this and so must we.

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Ramadan and Hajj are examples of times and events when God wishes to break us of our cycles, embrace the abstract and become totally dependent upon Him. 

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While we fast and decrease our intake of food and drink, our material manifestations of nourishment, we must increase our spiritual nourishment to replace it with remembrance and contemplation.

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The one time of the year in which the most Merciful has laid out the red carpet, we spurn His favors, choosing instead to find alternative ways to suckle our ever-dependent lower self.

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Ramadan is not just about giving more time in prayer and dhikr, but about giving more of your wealth and yourselves in order to build a better tomorrow. As Muslims, to enjoy a win for the “haves” is to accept a defeat for the “have nots.”  And perhaps instead of talking about the spirit of giving,…

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Part of the good manners towards the month of Ramadan is to prepare for it in earnest, and as this blessed month approaches, here are three points we should focus on in our preparation:

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Fasting is an expression of freedom, where we can move beyond our appetites into meaningful encounters with Allah.  

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