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Nihal was born and raised in New Jersey and holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Business from Montclair State University and a diploma in Arabic from the Bayyinah Institute. He began memorizing the Qur’an at Darul Uloom New York and finished at the age of seventeen at the Saut al-Furqan Academy in Teaneck, New Jersey. He went on to lead taraweeh every year since then. Along with his education, Nihal has experience as an Assistant Imam in the Bergen County area where he led the congregation in the absence of their Imam. More recently he worked as a Muslim Chaplain at a county jail in New Jersey and is pursuing a career in university academia in Religious Studies.

“Dad, I’m Not Going to Medical School” – Real Talk with our Parents

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The Story It had been a few days since Salman thought about telling his parents. He had received a full scholarship from Columbia University to study journalism, a subject he was insanely passionate about and which had already given him a jump start in a career. He was the editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, wrote numerous editorials for the ... Read More »

21 Things I Learned at 21


When I told Omar Usman that the title of this article is “What I Learned at 21,” he smirked and said, “You learned absolutely nothing.” Read More »

What’s In Your Ear | Hamza Tzortzis

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What's in Your Ear? is an occasional series where we ask Muslims a few simple questions: 1. What are you listening to? 2. What are you reading? 3. What are you watching? 4. What technology are you rocking, Mac or PC? Kindle, iPad, Android phone, etc? 5. What's the best piece of advice you've received or an advice you have ... Read More »

Living Up To Justice


O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even though it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, Allah is a Better Protector to both. So follow not the lusts, lest you may avoid justice, and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well-Acquainted with what you do. [Surat an-Nisa, 135] Read More »

A Deeper Look at Emaan


Many times the word إيمان 'Eman' is casually translated into "faith" without one having a deep understanding of what it implies. This word comes from ء م ن, which literally means "safety, security, and guarantee." Security from our own bad thoughts, from punishment because of our sins, from committing what God has told us to stay away from, from doubt, and from living a purposeless life, etc. Read More »

Mosques are Missing the Point


“Shaykh, today is the first time I am coming to a mosque in 20 years. I have not prayed in twenty years. My wife who is sitting in the front with me is a Christian and it is her first time ever in a mosque. During your lecture, three different men have approached my wife and asked her to move to the women’s side of the room. She does not know a single person here and does not feel comfortable sitting by herself. Hence, we sat in the front row together.” Read More »

A Personal Account of Hurricane Sandy from New Jersey

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After wreaking havoc on the Northeastern seaboard, people from North Carolina up to Boston are cleaning up the mess left behind Hurricane Sandy. Houses, cars, whole towns have been devastated with destruction, damage, and lost lives. The storm did not pour too much water in the area, but the high winds which reached up to 100mph destroyed big chunks of ... Read More »

How to Memorize the Qur’an and Not Forget it!


Memorizing Qur’an is broken into 3 categories: 1) new lesson, 2) new memorization, 3) old memorization. I’ll give a brief intro to each category and then show you how to properly memorize within each fold. It’s important to understand that memorizing Qur’an for the long-term is a process which takes close to a month. Once you memorize an ayah, it won’t be solid until you repeat it a number of times until it enters the deeper part of your brain. Read More »

My Journey of Memorizing the Qur’an in the United States | Part 1


Though there were numerous students memorizing with me, not all of them came with the same purpose. Many were there because their parents had forced them to enroll after the students had established a bad track record in public school. They were expected to reform themselves during their stay at the madrasa. But what I noticed was that many – if not most students sent for that reason – would not change. Read More »

We Repent Temporarily, but Allah Always Forgives


While we go about living our daily lives, many times we find ourselves at a loss of hope because of our sins. A lot of times this is because we decide to live our lives in a state of "Carpe Diem," which in Latin means "live in the moment." We find ourselves being halfhearted and insincere when we want to repent. We begin to lose faith in Allāh and His decree because we think “I’m in too deep to get out.” We then gradually start slacking in our good deeds. Finally, we start thinking that we have reached a point of no return and cannot possibly receive guidance from Allah because of our sins. Read More »

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