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Riad Saloojee

Riad Saloojee graduated and taught in an Islamic seminary in Cape Town, South Africa.  He is a lawyer by training and worked in the field of civil rights advocacy. Currently, he teaches and translates, and is the oldest student of a Qur’an memorization institute trying desperately to keep up with his more youthful peers. Pray for him.


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Without a commitment and struggle to purify myself, George Floyd’s last words communicated to me from a chain of souls before him will have fallen on my deaf ears and dead heart. And I will continue to suffocate myself. And I will continue to suffocate my world.

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Visiting the graveyards of our past Ramaḍāns is the key to finally improve our fasting and develop a practical and coherent spiritual program this Ramaḍān.

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A public intellectual recently wrote that we are all living, through the coronavirus tribulation, a pandemic of death’s dominion. Are we?

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Is the coronavirus, in its deeper spiritual reality, a reflection of all we have crowned in our lives apart from Him?  Is it not a message from Him to me?  Is He not constricting through it every passageway, except the pathway to Him? If I cannot reach the Divine’s door now, in this trial, then…

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Even as the celebrations of the Month of First Spring, Rabiul Awwal, inevitably pass, Allah has ensured that his ﷺ merciful-love will forever remain. For there is no end to the first spring. After Rabiul Awwal comes Rabiul Thani — the second spring. The first spring is his ﷺ birth into this world;…

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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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They saw you and they fell in love Their hearts a-flight, they soared above   I missed the chance to see your face My soul, my heart, roams out-of-place

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The sea has confided in children secrets from the Divine that I won’t be able to intellectualize – but secrets that would set me free.

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Muslims should not be uncritical in accepting mindfulness meditation as yet another attempt to treat the spiritual void generated by secular materialism.  For all its perceived benefits, mindfulness remains a fast-food solution to the spiritual hunger of our times.  It is a proverbial doughnut that…

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They would repeat His words, “And how many signs in the heavens and earth do they pass by while turning away?” then say to me: Ready your sails now; for soon, your sea will also be still.

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It is bedtime.  My two children get to each choose a story. Recently, they keep choosing the story of 'Isa (alayhi salam).  Again and again.  I keep wondering, why do they want it time and time again? 

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