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  • The Nature of this World
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    The Nature of this World

    Life is full on ups and downs. The nature of this life is that it is temporary. Fleetingness is imbedded in the every aspect of life. Every second and every minute, whatever we love or hate is leaving us. Whether it be an individual, status, position, wealth, health, job, or even our lives, every second […]

The Nature of this World

Life is full on ups and downs. The nature of this life is that it is temporary. Fleetingness is imbedded in the every aspect of life. Every second and every minute, whatever we love or hate is leaving us. Whether it be an individual, status, position, wealth, health, job, or even our lives, every second a portion of it is departing never to return. This world is repelling us away from her; whenever we fall in love with her she […]

By |August 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , |
  • Not Just Prayer
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    Not Just Prayer

    by Habeeba Husain I attended a lecture in the month of Ramadan a few years ago, and the speaker mentioned Muslims are supposed to remember God often. He explained “often” meant the majority of the day. While Muslims pray five times a day already, their remembrance of God does not and should not end with […]

Not Just Prayer

by Habeeba Husain

I attended a lecture in the month of Ramadan a few years ago, and the speaker mentioned Muslims are supposed to remember God often. He explained “often” meant the majority of the day. While Muslims pray five times a day already, their remembrance of God does not and should not end with the completion of their ritual worship. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life involving school, work, commutes, family, and more, it becomes difficult to even […]

By |August 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , |
  • The Spiritual Journey of Hajj
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    The Spiritual Journey of Hajj

    Hajj is a physical journey to the city of Mecca, but it is primarily for spiritual reasons. When one begins the journey to Mecca, they leave all worldly things behind them. As they get closer to Mecca they enter a state of ihrām. This consists of wearing only two white pieces of cloth and removing […]

The Spiritual Journey of Hajj

Hajj is a physical journey to the city of Mecca, but it is primarily for spiritual reasons. When one begins the journey to Mecca, they leave all worldly things behind them. As they get closer to Mecca they enter a state of ihrām. This consists of wearing only two white pieces of cloth and removing all worldly adornments. According to Islamic teachings, when one dies they will also be buried in a white shroud. Ihrām resembles the leaving of this […]

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    The Journey of Hajj

    by Habeeba Husain Many people have heard of the Five Pillars of Islam, a simple breakdown of the main obligations for a Muslim. Open any basic book to learn about this religion, and most certainly, you will find these five pillars. After the testament of faith, prayer, fasting, and charity, the fifth pillar is pilgrimage, […]

The Journey of Hajj

by Habeeba Husain

Many people have heard of the Five Pillars of Islam, a simple breakdown of the main obligations for a Muslim. Open any basic book to learn about this religion, and most certainly, you will find these five pillars. After the testament of faith, prayer, fasting, and charity, the fifth pillar is pilgrimage, or hajj in Arabic.

Hajj takes place once every year in the final month of the lunar calendar, which falls at the end of August this year. […]

By |August 16th, 2017|Tags: , , , |
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    My Jihad

    by Habeeba Husain When looking up common misconceptions about Islam, “jihad” is most certainly on the list. The Arabic word jihad is often used as a substitute for “holy war” with images of breaking news broadcasts and capitalized red alerts coming into mind. Despite how widely this depiction of jihad has been propagated across the […]

My Jihad

by Habeeba Husain

When looking up common misconceptions about Islam, “jihad” is most certainly on the list. The Arabic word jihad is often used as a substitute for “holy war” with images of breaking news broadcasts and capitalized red alerts coming into mind. Despite how widely this depiction of jihad has been propagated across the world thanks to extremist groups and the media’s obsession of covering such groups, your everyday Muslims will tell you time and time again that jihad is […]

By |August 12th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Studies Show Qurʾān Reduces Stress and Anxiety

For Muslims, the Qurʾān has always been a means to help reduce stress and anxiety. The Qurʾān describes itself as a remedy for ailments that are in the heart. O mankind! There has come to you instruction from your Lord and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers (Qurʾān 10:57). A recent study in the Journal of Religion and Health investigated the impact of Qur’an recitation on anxiety in hemodialysis patients. Sixty hemodialysis […]

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    Spiritual laziness

    Getting caught in the day to day rat race often leaves one feeling spiritually distant from God. The busyness of life and attachment to worldly things causes a lack of motivation to do good. Why should one pray, read Qurʾān, or learn more about God? In this article, I provide some tips to help motivate […]

Spiritual laziness

Getting caught in the day to day rat race often leaves one feeling spiritually distant from God. The busyness of life and attachment to worldly things causes a lack of motivation to do good. Why should one pray, read Qurʾān, or learn more about God? In this article, I provide some tips to help motivate you to snap out of spiritual laziness and distance from God.

You’re in Debt, Count Your Blessings.

And He gave you of all that you asked […]

  • Faith in Times of Uncertainty
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    Faith in Times of Uncertainty

    by Dr Marwa Assar We as human are very uncomfortable with uncertainty.  God says in the Qur’an “Indeed, mankind was created anxious” (Qur’an, 70:19).  We like the world to be fully explained.  We like events and circumstances to be connected and explicable. We appreciate the “cause and effect” stories because it helps us feel more secure.   […]

Faith in Times of Uncertainty

by Dr Marwa Assar

We as human are very uncomfortable with uncertainty.  God says in the Qur’an “Indeed, mankind was created anxious” (Qur’an, 70:19).  We like the world to be fully explained.  We like events and circumstances to be connected and explicable. We appreciate the “cause and effect” stories because it helps us feel more secure.   If we know that eating a certain food causes cancer, then all we have to do is avoid that food. And if we know that another […]

  • Muslims and Marriage
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    Muslims and Marriage

    by Habeeba Husain It was my freshman year of college when I was first asked, “Do you have a boyfriend?” A fellow freshman girl who shared two of my four classes raised the question during a conversation consisting of mostly small talk. I proceeded to answer her in the negative and explain how in my […]

Muslims and Marriage

by Habeeba Husain

It was my freshman year of college when I was first asked, “Do you have a boyfriend?” A fellow freshman girl who shared two of my four classes raised the question during a conversation consisting of mostly small talk. I proceeded to answer her in the negative and explain how in my family, we do not date. Her eyes slightly widened and her eyebrows raised out of curiosity as she asked her follow-up, “Then how do you get […]

  • Does Islam Teach Hatred and Violence?
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    Does Islam Teach Hatred and Violence?

    Islam is often painted as being a religion of hatred and unrestricted violence. Donald Trump said “I think Islam hates us.”  Islam is not a person and therefore cannot hate. Furthermore, it is unclear who “us” is since Muslims are Americans as well. He was perhaps regurgitating the false notion that Islam teaches Muslims to […]

Does Islam Teach Hatred and Violence?

Islam is often painted as being a religion of hatred and unrestricted violence. Donald Trump said “I think Islam hates us.”  Islam is not a person and therefore cannot hate. Furthermore, it is unclear who “us” is since Muslims are Americans as well. He was perhaps regurgitating the false notion that Islam teaches Muslims to hate all non-Muslims. Instead of accepting sweeping generalizations of a religion that is over 1400 years old, it is advisable to examine the Qurʾān and […]

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