… شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ “The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people…” [Qur’an – 2:185] As the Blessed Month of Ramadan is now upon us, there is no greater time to strengthen and solidify our relationship with the Qur’an. This includes both reciting the Arabic, and pondering over the deeper meanings of the words. In doing so, not only will we nourish our souls a take benefit from its message, but we shall also receive the great rewards and virtues that come with reciting the...Read More
The following Du’a list was compiled by Shaykh Navaid Aziz, who originally wrote: “I looked at the greatest needs we have in this day and age and selected 7 dua’s from the Quran and Sunnah that I feel would be in the best interests of every Muslim. It would be ideal to print this list (or have it on your phone) and keep it handy at the time of iftar. Likewise, please add to your list anything else that you would like, especially that which your heart desires. For your convenience I have included the Arabic, English transliteration, and...Read More
by Kiran Zulfiqar (from her Beautified Sabr blog) When you buy a glowstick, it’s just a tube of inert plastic with some liquid inside. It doesn’t look like anything special. It certainly does not glow. When you put it under pressure, however ~ when you bend it ~ a transformation occurs. A capsule inside the glowstick is crushed, and the stick begins to shine. This is a good example for the mu’min ~ the Believer. Life puts us under pressure, but if we rise to the challenge then we become better than we once were. We become stronger, wiser,...Read More
by Amsal Rahim Last night, I felt groggy, nauseous and incapacitated to stand up for the entire Qiyam prayer. It was inexorably agonising for me as I just wasn’t able to feel the sweetness of the prayer and instead sat down, switched my phone on and started reading through the extensive du’a requests I received, supplicating for each one with the bottom of my heart. In those moments, I was glum and in low spirits as I just couldn’t determine what was wrong, I had been able to stand in prayer every other night, what was the matter...Read More
Call it a coincidence, but after these two amazing things happened to me in the last two days, there is no doubt in my mind as to why they occurred! You can make of the following whatever you wish, but for me, it truly exemplifies the power of GIVING. It also brings to life two sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): “Wealth is not decreased by charity, so give in charity…” and “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” As for the first saying, our scholars explain (and I’m giving an...Read More
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