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If what we do or say is stripped from rahma (merciful love), then it has nothing to do with our deen.

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Character strengthens the Muslim’s spiritual life. In Islam, the circle acts as a constant metaphor: just as character builds one’s Islam, so does Islam build character. And of character, Islam - practiced with the same deliberation and integrity of action portrayed by Imam al-Haddad - builds…

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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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During Snowmageddon 2016, there was hardly a sign of life – all around us, there was just a lot of cold and a lot of white. In many ways, the world around us reminded me of a beautiful dua of the Prophet ﷺ.  

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Why are we more inclined to donate to help a single individual rather than  large groups of refugees or victims of disasters? How do we foster generosity when our minds might try to convince us not to give? 

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The day of Ashura is unfortunately not given its full due because we choose to observe it through the polarizing lens of our own personal ideology. Some observe Ashura as if the death of Imam Husain never happened on this day, while others observe Ashura as if only the death of Imam Husain happened…

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Though our Beauty of Muhammad Web Series (peace be upon him and his family) will start in a few weeks, I wanted to share this amazing story with you.  May Allah inspire us all to keep our hearts and tongues in a constant state of prayers upon the Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him and his…

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I left home at an early age. I remember the others kids around me; they cried the first night. I didn’t. Though calm on the outside, I felt a gaping hole inside me that eventually went away as I adjusted to my new reality. Nearly 30 years later, I felt that way again for the just the second…

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On my way home, while walking on the usual cobbled path, I stepped down on a grassy plot. I saw a tiny fragment of a leaf lying on my way. I was about to step on it, when it cried, “Stop! Don’t do that.”

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There is a metaphysical effect to observing the Sacred Law that is undermined by its abandonment. Prayer is not a set of stretching exercises, the Hijab is not about men, and fasting is not about losing weight. 

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