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Siraaj is a software engineer whose interests lay in the intersection of personal development and practical Islamic living, particularly with respect to time management and physical fitness. He remains an incorrigible news junkie and lives in the bay area with his family

Fathers – What Kind of Man Will Marry Your Daughter?

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I went from identifying with the guy trying to get the girl while moving past the crazy dad to being the responsible father who protects his girls from men who want to take advantage of them. Read More »

The Case for Reviving the 5-Minute Khutbah

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I believe the more optimal sermon duration to be closer to 5 minutes (plus or minus 1 – 2 minutes), with consideration for varying attendee schedules, attention spans, khateeb Islamic knowledge and communication skill levels, and masjid logistics. To be clear, what is meant by a five minute khutbah is the sermon part of the khutbah, not including the opening and closing du’aas, and not including the time the khateeb sits. It also doesn’t include jumu’ah salah. Read More »

The Boston Marathon Bombings and the Tragedy Double Standard

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The wrong question is, "Where are your feelings of empathy for the death and tragedy around the world?" The wrong people are the public during the wrong time of tragedy. Read More »

She’s Not Damaged Goods – We Have Damaged Standards

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Male-bashing articles are notoriously en vogue, admittedly for valid reasons. From the outset, let me clarify this won't be one of them. The difficulties faced in joining a man to a woman with previous (or more) relationship experience isn't just a “Muslim male” problem, but a social phenomenon with dimensions that need to be picked apart carefully and understood so that practical ... Read More »

UnMosqued Series: Dealing with Masjid Community Fatigue

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The options to drive you away from the masjid are many, it's simply a matter of picking your poison.  I move around a lot and I've seen many of the social-media shared gripes up close and personal.  I've seen masjids where: Kids are welcome to riot during the ṣalāh, and kids are unwelcome to make a peep. Partitions are the ... Read More »

Is the Curse of Knowledge Making You Obnoxious?

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There's nothing wrong having distaste towards things Allah (SWT) doesn't like, but be careful of turning someone's flaws into a cause for unchecked hatred. I recall Shaykh Yusuf Estes once telling a friend, "How can you call them to Islam (meaning non-Muslims, but even Muslims constantly require daw'ah) if you hate them?" Read More »

James Holmes’ (Dark Knight Killer) Alleged Conversion to Islam – Sloppy Reporting from the Washington Times

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It's interesting how quickly news spreads on the internet without a simple checking of sources. Making the rounds on social media and certain websites is a story that James Holmes, dubbed the “Dark Knight killer” for opening fire at a screening of the The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and injuring 58, has converted to Islam. Additionally, ... Read More »

Is Voting for Barack Obama Wajib?

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So there I was, in zen harmony with my Muslim-American (or American-Muslim) identity, choosing to be all that I could be and exercising my right to abstain from voting altogether when my Facebook feed was buzzing with a strange idea (not a fatwa, but an idea) – voting in elections was wajib! What! Holy moly! If don't vote in the ... Read More »

The MuslimMax Series | How to Wake up at 4 am Daily

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What if the pain of leaving a good action was more than the pleasure of leaving it? What if your mind rebelled and compelled you to go back and perform the action? Now you have a good habit established. We’ll discuss how to go about doing this, using the 4 am wake-up as our example. Read More »

Three Reflections from the “Bag Lady” of Silicon Valley

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Here was an elderly woman who could have been content collecting her pension, but instead was out on a cold morning, taking occasional harassment, and knowing that people thought she was a bag lady, persevering through it all to help the poor in the Phillipines. Read More »

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