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Food for Thought: The Eid of Sacrifice

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I want to challenge myself and my readers to really make ‘Īd al-Aḍḥa a sacrifice. For the next year when you really want something: a cup of coffee, a new phone, a new purse, a trip, something you really care about, slaughter your nafs and put that money aside. Read More »

In a Season of Consumerist Craziness, Let’s Be Grateful for Blessings

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It's liberating to ignore the sales and seasonal hype. When we abandon the idea of acquiring goods, and instead focus on giving, we dump the whole propaganda machine on its head. We change everything. While the frantic buying of "stuff" makes us forget Allāh, gratitude brings us back to Him. Read More »

Piles of Stuff: A Reflection on Consumerism

"The mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you, Until you visit the graves." Read More »

More Fish Please!

In his book Happiness, Richard Layard argues that, “once subsistence income is guaranteed, making people happier is not easy.”2 His central argument is that as Western societies have got richer, their citizens have not got any happier. In fact, all the indicators suggest that, despite the increase in living standards and material comforts, we are no happier today than we were fifty years ago. Read More »

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