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10 Pieces of Advice Before You Leave for Umrah


A few pieces of advice for those who will be traveling soon to perform the beautiful Umrah journey. Read More »

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 »

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


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


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


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


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 »

The Deal: Part #6 Make Me Proud


This is part 6 of a 6 part post. Click here for Part #1, Part #2, Part #3, Part #4, and Part #5.   “You want me to go look for your brother?” Hassan said. Jamilah rolled her eyes. “You just got here, and now you want to get away? I won't ask any more personal questions, khayr? You want to play cards? How about ... Read More »

The Deal: Part #5 The Price of Faith


Jamilah rode hard, her muscles straining as she climbed up Post Street. She dumped her bicycle in the living room and stood, breathing heavily. Her eyes roamed the apartment. Not finding whatever distraction she sought, she grabbed a sofa cushion and threw it across the room... Read More »

The Deal: Part #4 Zanshin


This is part 4 of a 6 part post. Click here for Part #1, Part #2, and Part #3 Jamilah had caught the mouth-watering scent of chicken and lentils, so she was not surprised when Layth announced that dinner was ready. When she walked into the living room wearing her dress and hijab, all conversation stopped. “Jams, you totally look like a ... Read More »

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About The Kaaba


There is no place on Earth as venerated, as central or as holy to as many people as Makkah. By any objective standard, this valley in the Hijaz region of Arabia is the most celebrated place on Earth. Thousands circle the sacred Kaaba at the centre of the Haram sanctuary 24 hours a day. Millions of homes are adorned with pictures of it and over a billion face it five times a day. Read More »

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