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“There Are Times When My Heart Feels Clouded.”


This article was originally posted here. By: Abu Aaliyah (Surkheel Sharif) 'There are times where my heart feels clouded (innahu la yughanu 'ala qalbi); and I seek Allāh's forgiveness a hundred times a day,' said the Prophet, peace be upon him.1 Istighfar or “seeking forgiveness” of Allāh is not simply confined to when we commit sins. Rather, courtesy (adab) towards Allāh requires ... Read More »

Look Who’s Coming Out, But It Isn’t What You Think

Sounds fair enough.

The hardest part about coming out has got to be coming up with a good opening line.  I haven't got one though. So I'll give it to you straight. I'm not gay, but I could be dying. As fas I know, not imminently though.  I've known for years now that certain things in my body aren't working properly – like ... Read More »

Fear of Good Deeds? Ain’t nobody got time for that.


I didn’t know that I was struggling with Riyā’ because I didn’t know what Riyā’ was supposed to be called. All I knew was that doing acts of worship for anyone other than Allah was shirk, and I was terrified by the possibility that I could, inadvertently, be worshipping my ego instead of my Lord. Read More »

MuslimKidsMatter | How to Be a Super-Hero During the First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah


As the month of October has started, you might have realized that the last month of the Islamic calendar is also beginning.  This month is Dhul-Hijjah, an exciting month because it brings together millions of Muslims to Mecca for Hajj and has 'Īd!  Of course, you're very excited for 'Īd, planning all the fun things you'll do to celebrate on ... Read More »

5 Good News Stories From the Muslim World

turkey is back

No one can know the depth of pain and suffering that a true Muslim goes through. There are the usual ups and downs of life that every person on the planet goes through – failure, poverty, ill health and even death. There are the long term issues that worry anyone – economy, environment and quality of life. But for a ... Read More »

Allah Sees the Best In Us


What strikes me now is that whether or not the dead can see such things, Allah can and does! He chooses to reward us according to the best of what we do! He chooses to overlook our faults, and forgive them, and see the beauty in us. He chooses to give us the benefit of the doubt, and to see the pure striving soul within each of us. Read More »

Gems from Sh. Salah al-Sawwy | The Affair of The Believer-Between Gratefulness and Patience


Translated by Ammar Alshukry From the sīrah The sīrah of the Prophet gives us consolation in these turbulent times. The Prophet was an orphan, and so it was ordained that orphans be respected after him in every land, and under every sky. When the Prophet experienced Mecca, and experienced the weakness there, and fear, and when the people of Mecca ... Read More »

Chaplain Chats | The Different Recitations of the Quran


By Chaplain Marc Manley who writes on www.marcmanley.com The following are some loose notes from a talk I delivered at the University of Pennsylvania on March 12th, 2012, on the topic of qira'at al-Qur'an or the Recitations of the Qur'an. I will try to provide some succinct information on some of the terminology, also known as istilahat [اصطلاحات] as well as the various qurra' [قراء] ... Read More »

Raising Our Children with the Book of Allah | Special Speeches by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi & Umm Reem


All praises are due to Allāh . We praise Him azzawajal, Seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. We also seek refuge in Allāh from the evil of our souls and from our impious intentions and deeds. Indeed, whomsoever Allāh guides none can misguide and whomever Allāh misguides none can guide. I bear witness and testify that there is ... 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 »

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