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"Here I am, O Allah..."

kaaba peter sandersWe are in the blessed  season of Hajj, the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, and the season of talbiyah - that special prayer on every pilgrim’s lips when they are nearing the Sacred House:     A sea of millions upon millions of hujjaj (pilgrims), from all walks of life and ends of the earth, respond to God's call and invitation to His S...
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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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Advice From the Grave (!)

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Cookies & Gratitude

mamoul and teaThis week I'll be sharing two lovely tidbits I've come across relating to Arab culture and its generous spirit.   The first is a quote from Susan Abulhawa's novel Mornings in Jenin, as one character struggles with expressing in English what is commonly said in Arabic: I've experienced this many times in my time in the Arab world; even when givin...
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Studio Arabiya Review at MiddleWayMom.com

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 4.24.06 PMStudio Arabiya has been reviewed on the MiddleWayMom.com website by Shannen, a homeschooling, Muslim convert mom. Overview of Shannen's Review: "I can say both Care Bear and I are very happy with Studio Arabiya at this point, alhamdulilah. I like that it is one thing off my plate, and it motivates me to get to a point where I can take a class also,...
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Arabic Graffiti - Calligraphy's Newest Form

Verses from the Quran adorning the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem.Arabic calligraphy has always been an esteemed art form in Islamic civilization, adorning the walls of mosques and centers of learning throughout the Muslim world historically, as well as gracing the covers of books, glassware and even bowls and plates with verses from the Quran, prophetic traditions, and lines of poetry. [caption id="attachment_1...
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Al-Du`a Al-Mustajab: 24 Ways to an Accepted Supplication

dua crying(Based on an article originally in Arabic that can be found here.)   1. Make your du`a (supplication) sincerely to Allah Most High, knowing that such a supplication is a beautiful act of devotion, one of the noblest acts of obedience to God, and of the best of means of getting close to Him.  The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of God...
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A Ramadan Dua`

ramadan dua afuwOne of the most beautiful Ramadan duas (supplications) we are taught by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is the following: [caption id="attachment_1513" align="aligncenter" width="248"] Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anna.                                                                   O Allah, indeed You are the Par...
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Some Ramadan Comics

ramadan cartoonHere are a few Ramadan comics, with some humorous and sometimes thought-provoking messages.  Can you understand what they say?
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Welcome Ramadan!

ramadan_kareem_vector_main  The blessed month of Ramadan is just a few days away!  A month of forgiveness, connection, devotion, remembrance, brotherhood and sisterhood...  May it be a month of healing and reawakening for all of us, Ameen. Here is one of my favorite hadith (prophetic narrations) on the tremendous blessings and merits of this sacred month:   ثنا ع...
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Five Arabic Quotes: On Fate

2338e5abfd05bd930b067916017a625a"If God has written happiness for you, No one can steal it from your heart. And if He has written for your heart to break, No one can heal it but Him..." "Hearts desire, but the Lord decrees." -   لا ينفع حذر من قدر "No precaution can help against fate."  -   المكتوب على الجبين لا بد أن تراه العين "What is written will be fulfilled....
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Five Arabic Quotes: On Fate

2338e5abfd05bd930b067916017a625a"If God has written happiness for you, No one can steal it from your heart. And if He has written for your heart to break, No one can heal it but Him..." "Hearts desire, but the Lord decrees." -   لا ينفع حذر من قدر "No precaution can help against fate."  -   المكتوب على الجبين لا بد أن تراه العين "What is written will be fulfilled....
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Cool Arabic Typographic Decor

SilSal ceramicsAn awesome trend we’ve started to see more of these days is lovely decor items with Arabic lettering, typography or calligraphy.  (Note that this is different from Arab decor itself, which is broader and reflects various elements of Arab culture.) Here are a few of the most interesting, eye-catching things we’ve seen around lately. Gorgeous Deco...
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Salah - A Means of Humility, A Connection

little boy prayingNormal 0 As we discussed in an earlier post, Arabic words often have a family of related and root words that give an amazing breadth and fullness to their meanings.  One such word is salah (the word used for the ritual prayer performed daily by Muslims.)   [caption id="attachment_1467" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A cute little boy p...
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Between Praise and Gratitude: The Meanings of Hamd & Shukr

hamdalaBetween Praise and Gratitude: The Meanings of Hamd & Shukr Hamd vs. Thana and Madh There are three words that have the general meaning of ‘praise’ in the Arabic language: madh [مدح], thana [ثناء], and hamd [حمد], but we find the term hamd constantly used in the Quran and the Prophetic Tradition for praising Allah, such as in ‘Alhamdulillah’...
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Supplications for the Oppressed

pray for syriaIn honor of the global qiyam (night prayer and supplication) being held tonight in many Muslims communities in the United States and worldwide for the people of Syria, I thought to share some of the following supplications.  These are prayers for the oppressed that can be used tonight and at all times for our brothers and sisters in the deepest of ...
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Cute Arabic Memes to Share with Your Spouse

cake topperHere are a few cute Arabic related memes that you can share with your spouse.   They're a surefire way to earn some extra points for your thoughtfulness, as well as for your spouse to encourage your Arabic studies!  You can thank us later... :)   "You (fem.) are for me."  Sweet and simple with a lovely design. ___________ A classic 'I lov...
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Five Arabic Quotes: On Speaking Ill of Others

He utters not a wordلسانك لا تذكر به عورة امرئ * فكلّـك عورات وللناس ألسـن وعينك إن أبدت إليك معايباً * فدعها وقل : يا عين للناس أعينُ "Do not use your tongue to mention the faults of others, for you are full of faults and other people have tongues, too. And if your eye reveals to you others’ defects, tell it, 'O eye of mine, they have eyes too.'" -Imam Shafi’i م...
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The Top 4 YouTube Lectures/Videos in Fus'ha (Classical Arabic) for Beginners

WebWhile there are tons of Arabic videos, lectures, programs and TV shows available online, it’s often hard for students to find things to watch that are in clear and easy to understand classical Arabic, and that are also enjoyable and beneficial.  For this reason, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite YouTube recommendations. Omar (The Min...
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Dua' for Concentration

Dua' for Concentration  [caption id="attachment_1343" align="aligncenter" width="695"] Dua' for Concentration Use: When doing anything, use this to ask for more concentration. DUA (English): "Oh Allah, I ask you, the One who mentions goodness and actualizes it and commands it. Remind me of that which the shaytaan makes me forget." DUA (Arabic):  اللهُمَّ  إني أسْأ...
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