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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 »

Kaafir, the New F-word

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It was something I learned very young: Never say the word kaafir. I didn't know Arabic at the time, but I knew it was worse than a curse word. It was the most evil word you could possibly utter. Call a person anything you want, but never this. A kaafir was evil. A kaafir was a monster. A kaafir was ... Read More »

England and the East: A Tale of Pirates and Treasures

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British history classes do well to teach the World Wars, the abolition of slavery and the French Revolution(s). But one thing you may not have heard of is the long and swashbuckling history of England's relationship with the Islamic world. Active interaction with Islam existed since the establishment of medieval Muslim Spain in 711, and can be seen throughout some ... Read More »

Seerah Series | Part 2: Specialties of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) | Shaykh Yasir Qadhi

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Let us have a genuine love for the Prophet. Let us understand the sacrifices he made for us. Let us understand what a great personality he was and most importantly let us study his life and times so that we can implement and follow his teachings and come closer to Allāh. Read More »

MuslimKidsMatter | Hijab

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Hijab by Samiyah Ali Khan Allāh has blessed us with the hijab,  It keeps us pure and protected from committing sin, and with that we will commit even lesser sins. Young women and adults wear a hijab and it sometimes might make you feel uncomfortable at first but after a while you will feel awkward without it. I started wearing ... Read More »

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