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Female Sexual Desires – Eradicating The Stigma

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The mind and body contradict. The body responds to the natural desires and the mind rejects these desires, rather recalls the fallacious cultural beliefs that she was raised with. Read More »

What Makes Islam Special: Five Tips on Sharing Your Deen with Others

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Here are the five points that I mention that makes Islam the perfect religion and special to me. Read More »

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Masjid Al-Aqsa

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There can be only one choice for the world's most contested area of land, and that is masjid Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem. It is no exaggeration to say that for thousands of years, people have been dying for control over it. For Muslims, it holds a very important place in our heart. It is the 3rd most holy site in Islam. ... Read More »

My Journey into the Himalayas: A Game of Mind Over Matter

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Writer's experience of what she calls adventure of lifetime that has put her life into a perspective. Read More »

3 Prophetic Friendship Principles for the Social Media Age

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I'm just old enough that I remember a world before the social media age. That meant arranging going out with friends via landline house phones shared with the family, and feeling innovative when AOL Instant Messenger became popular. Going out with a friend usually involved some sort of vetting process where our parents got to know each other before granting ... Read More »

5 Reasons Why Rain Was Not The Only Benefit of Prayers (Salat Ul-Istisqa) in the Bay Area

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Social media is abuzz with the large congregational prayers for rain (ṣalāh ul-istisqa) held in Bay Area under the patronage of imām Hamza Yusuf, imām Zaid Shakir, imām Tahir Anwar and other esteemed scholars. Most Muslims already know and are greatly pleased by the response from the heavens with rain showers hitting the Bay Area soon after the prayers, and ... Read More »

Describing the Chosen One’s Birth | Selections from Qurrat al-Absar

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Shaykh Abdal Aziz al-Lamti, born around 880 AH, was a noted Moroccan scholar and grammarian. Qurrat al-Absar is his beautiful poem describing the entire life of the Prophet Muḥammad , peace and blessings be upon him. To mark the month of Rabi-al-awwal, month of the Messenger's noble birth, the chapter describing his birth is shared below. The translation is taken ... Read More »

A Guide for Studying Arabic and Quran in Morocco

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Going abroad to study Arabic is one of the best ways to learn the language. With a vibrant culture and a rich intellectual heritage, Morocco is naturally a destination of choice for students from across the globe. What follows below is a guide for those looking to go there to study Arabic and Qurʾān. It is based on my experiences ... Read More »

The Shaykh and the Ustadh Defined

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Guest post by Abdul Wahab Saleem (Facebook/Twitter) I received a question on my Facebook page recently about what the difference between a Shaykh and an Ustādh is. This is a question that I remember being confused about over a decade ago. I remember growing up as a child wondering, “Who is a Shaykh? What defines an `Ālim? Why do we ... Read More »

World Hijab Day

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February 1st, 2013, marked the first annual World Hijab Day in recognition of millions of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab and live a life of modesty. Read More »

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