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The Requirements Of The Accepted Hajj

The Requirements Of The Accepted Hajj

By Editorial Staff On their journey to Makkah, pilgrims hope and pray that their hajj (Pilgrimage to Makkah) will be accepted. They want to be rewarded, gain Paradise and the pleasure of Allah and to be saved from the Hellfire. To achieve this, they need to meet the requirements of Hajj. What are the requirements […]

To Kill a Muslim – Part 1

To Kill a Muslim – Part 1

1. Ragheads Nursing a warm beer, Chad sat on the ramshackle front porch with the rotting steps and peeling paint. His hand clenched tightly the beer can as he watched the filthy camel hugging family move in across the street. Liquid sloshed over his fist. It was...

How To Be Positive In Hard Times

How To Be Positive In Hard Times

We all know that we should be grateful. And we definitely know that we should be certain that whatever happens is good for us as believers. However, when we are tested -as we inevitably are-, many of us crumble. Why is that? Why are we not able to ‘pass’ these tests,...

The Spirituality Of Gratitude

The Quran tells the reader of the importance of gratitude in two ways. First, worship, which is the essence of the relationship between man and the Creator, is conditional to gratitude “and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship” (2:172). The...

The Virtues of Hajj And `Umrah

The Virtues of Hajj And `Umrah

By Editorial Staff Definitions The Hajj, Pilgrimage The Arabic word ‘Hajj’ literally means to repair to, betake oneself or set off for a place. In the technical usage of the term, it means to repair to the Sacred House in Makka and perform the rites of the Pilgrimage. Allah says, “Thus Hajj-Pilgrimage to the (Sacred) […]

Lessons From Surah Maryam: 1

Lessons From Surah Maryam: 1

Alhamdulillah, it’s a great blessing of Allah that He has given us both the opportunity and ability to come here tonight to study and explore the meanings of His words in Surah Maryam. I’m truly grateful for this opportunity. May Allah accept this effort from all of...

Go Visit Bosnia

Go Visit Bosnia

I have been to 35 countries, from Japan and China in the Far East, to Mexico and Columbia in South America, to Egypt and Morocco in North Africa, and there has not been another trip that was as profound in so many ways as my last trip to Bosnia. Go Visit Bosnia....

Malaysians Ask China To Free Uyghurs, Close The Camps

Malaysians Ask China To Free Uyghurs, Close The Camps

By Gulnaz Uyghur Muslims are standing up for Uyghurs, protests held in Malaysia. 5th of July could be just like another day for people but for Uyghurs, it brings back dark memories of a bloody past. This day, in 2009, thousands of Uyghur students were massacred by...

A New Eid Tradition: Secret Gift Exchange

Gift exchanges–they’re common traditions for many gift-giving holidays in America. I’ve participated in gift exchanges in religious and secular contexts and I’ve loved being a member and even a host of them in the past! This past Eid al Adha and Eid al Fitr, I...

The Prophet’s Early Life Before Prophethood

The Prophet’s Early Life Before Prophethood

By Editorial Staff Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was an orphan who lived under the guardianship of his grandfather, ‘Abd al-Muttalib after his mother’s death. Few years later, his grandfather died. He, then, went to live with his paternal uncle, Abu Talib. Abu Talib used to defend Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him); however, […]