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Many explanations have been offered for the word ṣalāwāt, such as to exalt, to praise, to bestow mercy on, to bless, to forgive. Through an investigation of several verses of the Qurʾān, and drawing upon the ḥadīth and the insight of several great imams culled from an array of rare and precious…

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Our time is increasingly filled with the preoccupations of, well, occupations. And smart phones, social media, food, and endless to-do lists. And, for some of us, children. Many who develop spiritual interests while young are challenged by how to maintain that desire once we become parents.…

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Even if we cannot all become masters of Arabic, we should strive to become lovers of this right-sided language with the intention that even if we lack proficiency in Arabic, our love for Arabic will be a means for us to speak this Divine Language in the Presence of the Divine in the Eternal Garden.

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Strength is often mistaken as a weapon to be used to subdue one’s enemy and make others into one’s subjects. The Prophet, however, saw the truth of the matter, which was that strength and power are responsibilities given to a person as a test from God to see whether or not he/she will abuse them.…

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Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui reflects on the Night Journey & Ascension in the life of the Prophet and its significance for us today, in this excerpt from Al-Madina Institute's series on the life of the Prophet.

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Many of us are deeply shaken by the bloodshed and violence meted out against innocent people in the world.  We see images and hear the stories of — among so many others — the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Burma, the calculated starvation of the people of Yemen, brutality against black lives…

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When we come to Salah, where are we going? We’re supposed to be going to whom?  To Allah – to liqā Allah (meeting Allah) in Salah. So if in that walk or drive or coming to Salah we are not energized in this way, if we come for the wrong reasons and we come lazy and bored, then that’s a sign that…

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In an age where being busy and constantly on the go is praised, we need to emphasize the importance of staying silently still. 

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Few seek, and yet fewer find a mentor that through mastery and gentle patience can take them by the hand and assist them in not only in finding faith, but finding themselves.

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Just as our Prophet never lost control of his emotional state, we too must strive to keep a level head during these times of madness. It’s a matter of perspective: we can either choose to be nervous and afraid or we can continue to take solace and remain positive. In the end, we can only focus on…

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