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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 »

A Lion is Born | Part 4: Lion With an “L”

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This is part 4 of a multipart series; you can find the other parts here: part 1 part 2 part 3 Louis scrambled up the slope, digging his fingers into the dirt. The roar of an enormous lion boomed across the hillside and Louis hunkered down against the dirt and covered his head. His heart pounded like a wrecking ball against ... Read More »

Gems from Sh. Salah al-Sawwy | The Affair of The Believer-Between Gratefulness and Patience

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Translated by Ammar Alshukry From the sīrah The sīrah of the Prophet gives us consolation in these turbulent times. The Prophet was an orphan, and so it was ordained that orphans be respected after him in every land, and under every sky. When the Prophet experienced Mecca, and experienced the weakness there, and fear, and when the people of Mecca ... Read More »

On Tuesday, May 28th, the Sun Will Indicate the Qibla

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This post was originally posted here. Muslims pray in direction of the Kaaba located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This direction is called the Qibla. On Tuesday, the May 28th, the sun will be right above the Kaaba. Qibla. Everyone knows that, for each ritual celebration, Muslims around the world turn towards the direction of the Kaaba, located in Mecca (Saudi Arabia). ... Read More »

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About The Kaaba

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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 »

CNN: Adventurer’s photos capture a bygone Mecca (Hajj 1885)

He was an adventurer, a scholar, and possibly a spy — but as Dutchman Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje proved with his rare 1885 photographs and sound recordings of Mecca, he was also a pioneering multimedia journalist. Snouck's extraordinary collection of sepia-tinted images of Mecca in a bygone age have gone on display in Dubai ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage that ... Read More »

The Globe and Mail: Making Mecca Move

A massive project aims to modernize transit in the holy city, which is expected to see as many as eight million pilgrims a year by 2030; Canadian engineers are part of the solution. Read More »

Umrah Road-Trip to Makkah & Madinah

I always imagined the drive scenery to be flat and bare, like driving through the Sahara desert. But I was surprised to see quite a bit of variation, even in the colors of the sand. Read More »

Reflections from Mecca (Makkah) and Madinah on my Umrah Trip

The following are simply some of my reflections/takeaways from my recent trip to Mecca and Madinah for umrah. For those of you who have been there before, these words will insha Allah bring forth some memories to the forefront of your consciousness; those who have not, insha Allah these words will serve as motivation for you to plan your first trip ASAP! One thing’s for sure…this trip is unlike any other that you’ll ever take in your life. Read More »

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