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The Myth of the Naturally Good Muslim

No Soul

On a dark and stormy night in the dark cave of man's mind, Shaitaan once lit a campfire and settled down to tell a story- a myth, in fact.  It went like this: Once upon a time Islam was revealed to a Prophet of near God-like perfection.  He shared it with his friends, who were all superhumans lacking any embarrassing ... Read More »

Spring Cleaning the Nafs

Spring Cleaning Nafs

By: Dawud Israel I believe we overestimate and underestimate mentally by about 50%. We underestimate time spent driving, like it's a chase scene in a film. We overestimate how much we can eat. We underestimate how much we covet. We underestimate how one habit influences another habit. We overestimate the benefit of an easy fix and underestimate the benefits of ... Read More »

Know Your Soul, Know Yourself

Soul

Prophet (peace be upon him) said: ‘The warrior is the one who strives against his lower soul in obedience to God.' Read More »

Food for Thought: The Eid of Sacrifice

lan

I want to challenge myself and my readers to really make ‘Īd al-Aḍḥa a sacrifice. For the next year when you really want something: a cup of coffee, a new phone, a new purse, a trip, something you really care about, slaughter your nafs and put that money aside. Read More »

The Deep Pit of My Inner Mind

I used to exhibit a certain reactionary pattern that seemed to arise whenever I entered a Masjid or Muslim gathering. It was this pesky little habit of immediately taking in my surroundings and making a mental note of everything wrong that I could perceive. I turned from one unknowing victim to another, ticking off all of the Islamic violations they were committing according to my personal pedestal of judgment. Read More »

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