Al-Du`a Al-Mustajab: 24 Ways to an Accepted Supplication

(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 be upon ...
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The Beauty of Arabic

Learning Arabic can be an amazing experience.   For Muslims, one of its greatest benefits is in helping one understand the sacred words of the Quran, the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as well as a treasure-trove of scholarly works from Islamic history.  For those interested in the culture of Arabic-speaking people or in liv...
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How to Speak...

I came across this lovely image the other day on Muslim writer and teacher  Zaufishan's page , quoting some of the exhortations in the Quran on how we should speak:   Sr. Zaufishan says: "Allah uses the word  Ehsaan frequently due to its multiple meanings. Coming from the root Ha-sa-na (hassan), the most basic definition of Ehsaan is beautification...
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The Spring of My Heart

Spring is such a lovely season... a time of freshness, color, beauty and growth.  Flowers begin to bud and blossom, birds return home to sing their songs, and chilly and dark days are replaced by days of sun and warmth. It is also a time of hope and renewal - of feeling that we too, like Nature around us, can refresh and renew ourselves after a lon...
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Creative Learning Idea: DIY Arabic Letter Magnet Board for Kids

We're always trying to come up with creative ideas to help our children learn Arabic , and here's one inspired by a classic Pinterest craft: a DIY learning magnet board for Arabic letters and numbers. What you'll need: - A stainless steel cookie sheet (Basically any kind that is *not* non-stick) - Rust-oleum spray paint in a color of your choice, o...
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An Attitude of Gratitude

I 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 use ...
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From Right to Left

Studying Arabic comes with many new experiences for the Westerner - from learning new sounds that you've never pronounced before, to learning the interconnections of Arabic letters and roots  and even includes writing in a brand new direction... from right to left! I never thought much about the significance of writing from right to left in Arabic ...
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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 an...
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Some Learning Arabic Humor

So many different forms!!

"We Have Revealed to you an Arabic Quran..."

Isn't it amazing how many times Allah describes the Quran as an Arabic book, i.e., a book in the Arabic language ?  He, `azza wajal (May He be praised and exalted) says for example,   " And thus have We revealed to you an Arabic Quran , that you may warn the mother city (Makkah) and those around it, and that you may give warning of the day of gathe...
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Arabic: A Sugar House with a Steel Door

The 'sugar house' of Arabic with a steel door ( via ) Sh. `Uthaymeen, a contemporary Saudi scholar, gives an interesting analogy for studying Arabic in his Sharh al-`Ajrumiyyah : "From the benefits of learning the Arabic language is correction of the tongue with the Arabic tongue which the speech of Allah was revealed in.  Because of this, und...
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The Blessings of Friday

  1.  Friday is the best of days.  The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him said, ‏خَيْرُ يَوْمٍ طَلَعَتْ عَلَيْهِ الشَّمْسُ يَوْمُ الْجُمُعَةِ فِيهِ خُلِقَ ‏‏ آدَمُ ‏ ‏وَفِيهِ أُدْخِلَ الْجَنَّةَ وَفِيهِ أُخْرِجَ مِنْهَ "Friday is the best of days. It was on this day that Prophet Adam was created, it was on this day that he was ...
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If you are heedless...

  Once 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 believ...
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Celebrities love Arabic too!

  Arabic and Arabic script has become something of a trend these days, even among celebrities.  Here are some famous celebrities with Arabic tattoos and other fashions:   Angelina Jolie has the Arabic word " al-`azeema " (determination) written on her arm. Actress Christina Perry has the word " maktoob " ("[It is] written") tattooed ...
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Arabic Logos, American Names! (Answers)

Here are the answers to last week's post!   How many did you end up getting right? 1. Tide Super Plus (Laundry Detergent) 2. Ikea 3. Rolex 4. McDonald's 5. LaCoste 6. Diet Coca Cola, Coca Cola, Sprite 7. FedEx 8. The Body Shop 9. Papa John's (Pizza Shop) 10. Louis Vuitton 11. Starbucks 12. Coach 13. Pepsi    

Arabic Logos, American Names!

For better or worse, you will find tons of American and European products and companies in Arabic-speaking countries.   Can you recognize these famous logos and designer names?  Answers in next week's post, inshaAllah ! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.   12. 13.  

Wise Words from Imam Shafi'i

  No sadness lasts forever, nor any felicity Nor any state of poverty or one of luxury. If you are the owner of a heart that is content Then you and one who owns the whole world are equal.                           ...
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Concise But Full of Meaning - The Prophet's Words

  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, eloquent...
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Pumpkins, Arabic and Halloween Words

Halloween and Arabic Words (!?) While many Muslims refrain from celebrating Halloween due to its Pagan origins and its focus on the occult and the macabre, there are some interesting words often used in the Halloween season that actually have Arabic origins. The first of these is  ghoul - from the Arabic word ghul (demon or spirit.)  It's...
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"Here I am, O Allah..."

We 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 Sacre...
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