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 macabr...
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Between Praise and Gratitude: The Meanings of Hamd & Shukr

Between Praise and Gratitude: The Meanings of Hamd & Shukr Hamd vs. Thana and Madh There are three words that have the general meaning of ‘praise’...
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The Linguistic Meaning of "Eid" & Some Eid Greetings :)

    Eid...   ...is a day of gathering. The word is derived from `aada / ya`oodu, the verb that means "he returned or he is returning" because people c...
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Al-Dua Al-Mustajab: 24 Ways to an Accepted Supplication (Pt. III)

(Based on an article originally in Arabic that can be found here.) Read Part I of the translation here! Read Part II of the translation here!   Part I...
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Welcome Ramadan!

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 (proph...
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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 so...
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Finding the Beauty Placed in Difficulty

The famous poet Ahmad Shawqi said in a well-known line from one of his works:  إنَّ الذي مَلأَ اللُّغاتِ مَحاسِنا جَعَلَ الجَمالَ وَسِرَّهُ في الضَّاد...
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Allah Has Made it Easy to Understand Quran - "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?  Allah has made the book in the Arab...
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A Ramadan Dua

One of the most beautiful Ramadan duas (supplications) we are taught by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is the following: Allahumma inna...
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Al-Du`a Al-Mustajab: 24 Ways to an Accepted Supplication (Pt. II)

(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 vir...
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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 ...
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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, t...
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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...
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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 فِ...
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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 c...
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Cookies & Gratitude

This 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 Abul...
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Cool Arabic Typographic Decor

An 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 d...
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Salah - A Means of Humility, A Connection

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 mean...
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Cute Arabic Memes to Share with Your Spouse

Here 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 thoughtfulne...
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