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Dr. Ali Shehata is the author of Demystifying Islam: Your Guide to the Most Misunderstood Religion of the 21st Century. Dr. Ali is an Emergency and Family Medicine physician currently living in an area of central Florida. He was born in Maryland to parents who had immigrated to the US from Egypt. He has studied Islam mainly through traditional methods among various scholars, du'at and students of knowledge here in the US.

Confronting the Trials of Our Time – Between Extremism and Passivism

When these same scholars advised young Muslims to turn their efforts to dawaah in their own communities; to work at purging the evil that had crept into our communities, these young Muslims snapped. How could these “old, out-of-touch scholars” tell us “just do dawah”. So they instead turned to extremism and terror... and the condition of the Muslims worsened significantly as the country enacted emergency martial laws which deprived the citizenry of many civil and human rights.. Read More »

Reflections – Juz 17

Juz 17 brings us to the magnificent surah entitled al-Anbiyaa' - the Prophets. This surah has many well known and often quoted verses specifically on the subject of scientific evidences of the Quran and also because it contains the famous and oft-quoted verse, "And we have sent you (O' Muhammad) naught else as a mercy to the universe." [21:107] Yet, the main theme of this great surah is the various struggles of the different Prophets and their eventual success and victory over their people, hence the name of the surah. It is this point that we shall consider today due to its significance in the surah and in our own lives as Muslims dealing with our own challenges and trials from Allah. Read More »

The Return of Reflections – Where is the Brotherhood/Sisterhood?

Returning to the reflections tafsir series that we started in Ramadan after too long of a break long, I want to start by reminding myself and all readers, especially in these highly virtuous ten days of Dhul Hijjah, of our main purpose for reading the Quran. The Quran was sent down to us for guidance and that we may ponder upon its ayaat and implement the noble guidance within them. As I had intended before, I will always try to make these posts brief so that the reader can take away one major point to implement in their day without getting weighed down with too much detail. Read More »

How to Reap the Rewards of Lailatul Qadr

How to Reap the Rewards of Lailatul Qadr The Reward for Lailatul Qadr وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ . لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ And what will make you know what the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is? The Night of the Decree is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allāh in that night is better than worshipping Him ... Read More »

Ramadan Reflections – Juz 14

 For all parts, up to and including this one, click “Ramadan Reflections: The Daily Journey“ Ramadan Reflections – Juz 14 Juz 14 – Surat al-Hijr In the today's juz, we will inshā'Allāh reflect upon a portion of Surat al-Hijr. From this surah, we shall take two selections, reflecting upon the latter before the former. Towards the end of this noble ... Read More »

Ramadan Reflection Juz 13

 For all parts, up to and including this one, click “Ramadan Reflections: The Daily Journey“ Ramadan Reflections – Juz 13 Juz 13 – Surat Yusuf Today we come to what has been aptly described in the Qurʾān as the “We relate unto you the best of stories through Our Revelations unto you” in surat Yusuf. The lessons are so many ... Read More »

Ramadan Reflections – Juz 12

For all parts, up to and including this one, click “Ramadan Reflections: The Daily Journey“ Ramadan Reflections – Juz 12 Juz 12 – Surat Hud In today's reflection, we will discuss a beautiful āyah from surat Hud that will be the foundation for us to learn the ways by which a Muslim can expiate his sins inshā'Allāh: وَأَقِمِ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ طَرَفَىِ ... Read More »

Ramadan Reflections – Juz 9

 For all parts, up to and including this one, click “Ramadan Reflections: The Daily Journey“ Ramadan Reflections – Juz 9 Juz 9 – Surat al-Anfaal Surat al-Anfaal is a tremendous surah, revealed with much guidance regarding the great Battle of Badr which occured approximately on the 17th of Ramadan in the first year after the Hijrah. In it are lofty ... Read More »

Ramadan Reflections – Juz 11

For all parts, up to and including this one, click “Ramadan Reflections: The Daily Journey“ Ramadan Reflections – Juz 11 Juz 11 – Surat at-TawbahAmong the beautiful ayaat in this tremendous surah is one which brings the reader who understands its depths to tears in its discussion of repentance. It is also associated with one of the most touching and ... Read More »

Ramadan Reflections – Juz 8

For all parts, up to and including this one, click “Ramadan Reflections: The Daily Journey“ Ramadan Reflections – Juz 8   Juz 8 – Surat al-A'raaf     In today's reflection we will spend some time discussing the matter of clothing briefly as it is a subject in the early part of surat al-A'raaf. Allāh states:   يَا بَنِي آدَمَ ... Read More »

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