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The Dua Barometer: How Bad Do You Want It?

What do you make dua for the most? Do you look for the special times that dua is accepted only when in a time of difficulty? Do you pray for others? When things are good though, do we keep up that same level of dedication we had before? The time that we feel this regret most though, is when we step up our dua in face of a hardship, Allah (swt) answers our dua and grants us ease. Then when we face another hardship, we realize how negligent we were in that time of ease. Read More »

Care for Converts Drive – Final Event this Saturday

alḥamdulillāh, we are a nation that loves to give sadaqah, which explains why there are countless numbers of Muslim-lead charity events and organizations out there, that deserve a mention on blogs such as ours. For some reason, halfdate.com has really caught my attention. Maybe it's because their marketing machine is doing such a great job, māshā'Allāh… or perhaps there is ... Read More »

The so-called hajj of Scheherezade Faramarzi, AP reporter and fraud -Ruth Nasrullah

“Hajj intimidating for secular reporter.” That's the headline for this article. When I read that headline I was confused, uncertain why hajj would intimidate anyone, let alone a journalist. Unfortunately, the reference is to the hajj of Associated Press reporter Scheherezade Faramarzi , self-described “secular journalist,” who is actually participating in hajj rites simply in order to report on them. ... Read More »

Hajj Journal, Chapter 3: Madinah -Ruth Nasrullah

This is a continuation of Hajj journal, chapter 1 and chapter 2. Madīnah was a place of firsts for us and provided clues to the trip to come. We got off the plane like tourists, giddy and exhausted. The giddiness dissipated as we stood in line to be processed by a series of clerks who were the first in the ... Read More »

The Essential Hajj Checklist Part 2

Read Part 1 here. 2. Provision Second on your Hajj check list is Provision. One of the earliest scenes of Hajj, which reminds you of what is yet to come, is the check-in lines at the airport. You wait for hours and hours depending, of course, on where you're traveling from. One basic reason for this entire wait is the ... Read More »

The Essential Hajj Checklist Part 1

When I was giving a Hajj seminar a few weeks ago for a group of participants from our community, I noticed that every individual was concerned about his or her Hajj check list more than anything else. They were literally paranoid and afraid that they might miss something or that they might carry with them an unnecessary load which might ... Read More »

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

… who is the fairest of us all? That's what the question is, usually – but today is different. Dhul Hijjah is upon us. The hujjaaj (pilgrims) have already embarked on their noble journey to an even more noble destination, to perform the sacred rites ordained upon the Ummah since the time of Ibrahim 'alayhis-salaam. Yet even those of us ... Read More »

Hajj Journal, Chapter 2: Leaving -Ruth Nasrullah

This is a continuation of Hajj journal, chapter 1. The first leg of our trip took us from New York to Madīnah. Once we got to the airport I continued to muse on the things for which I would ask God's forgiveness. In a lecture I had listened to in preparation for hajj, the sheikh described the day of Arafat ... Read More »

Hajj Journal, Part 1: Prelude -Ruth Nasrullah

My husband and I went on hajj two years ago, alḥamdulillāh, and I kept a journal of my experiences. I'm sharing it here, and will do so over a series of posts. I've made minor editing changes and have left out people's names. Although I've taken out some of the more private details, this is a very personal journal and ... Read More »

Thoughts and Observations on Ramadan 1428

This was quite an interesting Ramadan for me, and one that has personally affected me in a number of ways. What follows is a compendium of sorts of some of my personal thoughts, observations, and reflections of the month that has now passed. May Allāh (swt) accept our good deeds from this month, forgive our bad deeds, and give us ... Read More »

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