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Kill the Courier | Part 5 – Is it Other Than Allah That You Fear?

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He removed his windbreaker - the left sleeve was badly torn - and stripped off his blood-soaked t-shirt. He held his arm over the sink as blood poured from the wound, staining the sink red. His exposed skin broke into goosebumps and he began to shiver violently, his teeth chattering. Read More »

Running a Masjid is a Lot Like Bikeshedding

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The reality is, most of the time, board members aren’t equipped to understand the community’s problems. They are put in a position of trust to make decisions for the benefit of the community. This means finding an imam who can lead them, spiritually nourish them, and help them grow. Read More »

Kill the Courier|Part 4 – The Sharpest Blade Ever Made

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There was an ayah from Surat an-Nahl, the Chapter of the Bee in the Quran, that had been running through his head lately: “Afaghayrullahi-tattaqun?” Is it other than Allah that you fear? No, Ya Allah, he thought. Only You. Read More »

Kill the Courier | Part 3 – Your Gun is Not Your Life

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Hassan still held hope that Sarkis had not recognized him, and that he could go on with his life just as before, working, teaching class, and - if Allah blessed him - finding a way forward with Jamilah. A green garden and a woman with kind eyes. A Western sky and a bell of brass... Read More »

Kill the Courier| Part 2 – An Enemy at the Consulate

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The hair stood up on Hassan’s arms and all his muscles tensed. He felt as if a ghost had just walked through his body. He knew that voice. Read More »

Kill the Courier |Part 1 – Hiding in Plain Sight

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Hassan himself was not in any fight. Not anymore. He felt deeply for the Muslims of Palestine, Chechnya, Myanmar, East Turkestan... the list of oppressed Muslim peoples was long. A part of him felt that he should be using his skills to save his brothers and sisters, even if that mean saving only one soul. Maybe a time would come when he must live and die on that path. But for now his soul needed peace. Read More »

A Lion is Born|Part 5: Wedding? What Wedding?

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This is part 5 of a multipart series; you can find the other parts here: part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 January 2009 Layth cruised up Highway 101 in the fast lane, on his way back to the City. He'd dropped a fare at the airport, waited in the cab line and picked up a return fare. Between the two, he'd already covered ... 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 »

Why We Are Tested: The Psychology of Suffering & Misfortune – Part #3

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This is Part #3 of a multipart post: You can find part #1 here  and #2 here   Sixth: The factors that assist a person to be successful in the test through calamities are the following: Gratitude and a realization that it could have been much worse. A tribulation, however great it is in magnitude, in it there is some ease and compassion because ... Read More »

Why We Are Tested: The Psychology of Suffering & Misfortune – Part #2

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This is Part #2 of a multipart post: You can find part #1 here    Thirdly: Abundant trials and tribulations in this world is not a sign of one's disbelief or Allāh's displeasure with him. On the other hand, most of the people who are inflicted with calamities are the pious and the righteous. The Prophet was asked, “O Messenger of Allāh, which ... Read More »

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