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In Pursuit of Ikhlas

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By: Abu Abbaad Sizing up Sincerity As one prepares their luggage to meet the Lord of the worlds, there is nothing more vital to check for than ikhlâs (sincerity). The Most High says: “…So whoever is hopeful for the Meeting with his Lord – let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of his Lord anyone.” [Surah Al-Kahf, ... Read More »

Please the One, Not the Many

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You're not expected to try to make everyone happy, nor is it possible. That's not Islam. Respect for others is vital, but in the end we answer to Allah. Read More »

Love: The Recognition of Beauty & Perfection

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By: Abu Aaliyah (Surkheel Sharif) There has been a certain reluctance on the part of classical scholars when it comes to defining love (mahabbah). It is not that they haven't tried, but that the definitions have tended to be causes, symptoms, effects or consequences of love, instead of love itself. A general description of love as mayl or “inclination” aside, some have felt ... Read More »

“There Are Times When My Heart Feels Clouded.”

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This article was originally posted here. By: Abu Aaliyah (Surkheel Sharif) 'There are times where my heart feels clouded (innahu la yughanu 'ala qalbi); and I seek Allāh's forgiveness a hundred times a day,' said the Prophet, peace be upon him.1 Istighfar or “seeking forgiveness” of Allāh is not simply confined to when we commit sins. Rather, courtesy (adab) towards Allāh requires ... Read More »

Qurbani Udhiyah | What is it? Why Should You Offer It?

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alḥamdulillāh, the blessed Hajj season and 'Īd al-Aḍḥa are quickly approaching. Remember the story of Prophet Ibrahim ? His willingness to sacrifice something so dear to him—his son—for Allāh is a great example all of us: Even though he loved his son more than anything in the world, Prophet Ibrahim knew he must obey the command of Allāh—and his righteous son ... Read More »

Practical Spirituality Part 1: The Inaugural Address of the Prophet

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The Prophet arrival in Madīnah was a turning point for the Muslim community. Abdullah b. Salam, a Jewish scholar, was awaiting his arrival along with the rest of the city. It was a huge celebration – children were singing, drums playing, and everyone was excited to finally see the Messenger of God. Abdullah b. Salam was interested in seeing who ... Read More »

Martial Arts – A Grand Master’s Big Bow and the Muslim Take

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We were standing outside the dojang (dojo). They were taking the old sign down and the new owners were putting up a new sign. My children take tae kwon do classes. When I signed them for classes in this particular dojo years ago, it was run by a man from Jordan, (a non-practicing brother, named Master Jordan, who made a ... Read More »

MuslimKidsMatter | Beauty of the Heavens and the Earth Poem

Today we will be hearing from 9-year-old Hana Hubert from Delaware, USA.  In her poem “Beauty of the Heavens and the Earth,” she describes the blessings Allāh gives us and how we should thank Him for what he has given us. Beauty of the Heavens and the Earth  by Hana Hubert The beauty of the heavens and the earth, the ... Read More »

MuslimKidsMatter | True Guidance

Assalamualaikum!  This week we will be hearing from a girl in Maryland who found Islam at the age of 11.  Enjoy reading Ruhina's inspirational story and experiences in her article “True Guidance.” True Guidance By Ruhina Hager “That is the Book. In it is guidance surely without any doubt, to those who fear God, who believe in the Unseen, are ... Read More »

MuslimKidsMatter | Am I Doing the Right Thing? – A Muslim Preteen and the Hijab Heebeejeebees

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Ever see your friend wearing shorts on a hot summer day while you’re wearing a pair of black, saggy jeans and a long-sleeved shirt with a bland hijab? If you answered yes, I know what you are going through. Many pre-teen Muslim girls go through this, dreading the day they will have to start wearing hijab all the time. Read More »

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