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An Attitude of Gratitude

gratitudeI came across this lovely image on Pinterest the other day:     SubhanAllah, this is such a Quranic concept, as we are told in the Quran:   Allah promises us in this verse that if we express shukr - gratitude, appreciation and thanks for what we have been given - He will most certainly increase us in blessings.  Notice the u...
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Focusing the Heart in Prayer: A Beautiful Benefit of Learning Arabic

In his great seminal work, Ihya Ulum al-Din (Revival of the Religious Sciences), the luminary scholar Imam al-Ghazali discusses some of the deeper and more spiritual dimensions of Salah (ritual prayer).  In this discussion, he emphasizes the need for understanding and reflection on the words of the salah, for it to have an effect on one's heart and...
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If you are heedless...

taqwaOnce when I lived in Damascus a few years ago, I saw a lovely poem written on a mosque wall, which I noted down on a small piece of paper.   Recently this paper slipped out of one of my old books, and brought back many memories of Syria (may Allah grant its people relief and comfort), as well as served as a beautiful spiritual reminder.  I believe ...
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Concise But Full of Meaning - The Prophet's Words

arbain2-front  One of the special gifts the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was graced with was jawami al-kalim - speech that was concise, yet comprehensive and full of meaning.  We find this beautiful manner of speaking again and again in the prophetic narrations (hadith), that show us a brevity of language that is also impactful, eloq...
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Al-Du`a Al-Mustajab: 24 Ways to an Accepted Supplication (Pt. II)

dua palms outstretched(Based on an article originally in Arabic that can be found here.) Read Part I of the translation here!   Part II 13. Take advantage of especially virtuous times to perform du`a’, such as in prostration, immediately after the prayer, when fasting, when it is raining etc.  [These special times are mentioned in many prophetic traditions.] &...
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