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The Qur’an & the Soul’s Alchemy

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By: Abu Aaliyah (Surkheel Sharif) The Prophet remarked: 'The best of you is the one who learns the Qur'an and teaches it to others.'1 For Muslims, notwithstanding the sheer beauty of its composition and its cadences, the Qur'an is a repository of revealed teachings, a roadmap for the journey through life, and a fountain of timeless truths to meditate upon; deepening ... Read More »

What I Learned About Ramadan – By Not Fasting

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Ramadan 2013 Posts I missed all but five fasts last Ramadan, and if this sounds like a shocking confession, you might want to try a survey of women to see how many of them have fasts to make up.  Many young mothers struggle to make up dozens -if not hundreds- of fasts missed in the alternating cycles of pregnancy and ... Read More »

Ibn al-Qayyim: What Matters at Heart

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The heart falls ill as the body does; its cure is in repentance and a spiritual regimen. It gets tarnished as a mirror does; its polish is dhikr. It feels exposed as the body does: its robe is piety (taqwa). It hungers and thirsts like the body does: its sustenance is gnosis, love, repentance and divine service. Read More »

Perverted Priorities: Who is and who isn’t Muslim

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By: Ustadh Suheil Laher “If you don't convert to (my sect) you might as well not convert to Islam!” exclaimed the 'uncle' to the young Christian lady. The lady's husband, a Muslim, had requested his elder friend to come and help explain to her why Islam is so important to him, and why he'd like her, too, to share in ... Read More »

MM Arts | Poetry Day | 1-28-12

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Welcome, it's our monthly Poetry day again! If you want to share your verses with everyone here, kindly email us at poetry[@]muslimmatters[.]org stating your name, along with your poem.  As soon as your poem is selected for publishing, we'll let you know so that you can keep an eye out for it, inshā'Allāh. JazakumAllahu khayr for sending in your poems! Without ... Read More »

Waleed Basyouni | Enlightenment of the Soul: Ailments of the Heart and Their Cures

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The heart is the place of īmān. Allāh and His Messenger (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) have said īmān is related to the heart of the mu’min. Allāh (subḥānahu wa ta‘āla) told us that those who will survive on the Day of Judgment and those who will be saved from the Hellfire and from Allāh’s Wrath are those who will come with a clean and pure heart. It is a heart that is pure from the desires, lust and the evil feelings. It is pure and free from all the doubts about Allāh (subḥānahu wa ta‘āla) and His religion and His Messenger. Read More »

Hajj Diary| For the Deepest Love

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By Maryam Sakeenah At the Maqam e Ibrāhīm: I held on to the golden bars trying to keep my balance, with my nose pressed against the blurry glass screen smeared with many a finger mark. I bolstered up my wits and finally decided to look: footprints in the sands of time, etched into the sacred earth forever by Divine Decree- ... Read More »

Home is where the Heart is: An American Muslim Mourns

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She must have been glowing and happy when she boarded that American Flight 11; she was going to attend a friend’s wedding in Los Angeles. Rahma would not have wanted to be remembered as a victim; she was a positive, powerful woman. She used her talents to make her adopted country a better place to live. Her friends still miss her and mourn her, and many gathered together last weekend at the college campus where Rahma spent 4 years of her life. The lesson I learned from 9/11: never take a day for granted, for life is very fragile and very short. Read More »

My “Jewish Thoughts” by Lee Weismann: To the Heart of 9/11

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By  Lee Weismann exclusive to MuslimMatters. Lee is a high school teacher in Irvine CA. He tweets inspirational words and reflections at JihadiJew and blogs here under the same interesting handle “JihadiJew”. His thoughts on Ramadan were amazing, make sure to read them. I was asked to write a “Jewish-American” response in remembrance of 9/11/.  I am afraid that my response ... Read More »

Haleh Banani | Where Psychology Meets Islam | “Is Anger controlling you? Part 1/2″

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Haleh Banani will help you to heal, grow and prosper by combining the principles of psychology with the light of the Qurʾān and sunnah. Fortnightly, we will be featuring an episode from her weekly TV program that she hosts on Al-Fajr called  ”With Haleh.” Get ready to be EMPOWERED! Click here to see all of Haleh's videos on MM Haleh ... Read More »

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