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 mac...
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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 the...
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Advice From the Grave (!)

Advice Written on a Grave

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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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Arabic Graffiti - Calligraphy's Newest Form

Arabic calligraphy has always been an esteemed art form in Islamic civilization, adorning the walls of mosques and centers of learning throughout the ...
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Five Arabic Quotes: On Fate

"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 bu...
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Five Arabic Quotes: On Fate

"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 bu...
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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 mea...
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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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Supplications for the Oppressed

In honor of the global qiyam (night prayer and supplication) being held tonight in many Muslims communities in the United States and worldwide for the...
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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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Five Arabic Quotes: On Speaking Ill of Others

لسانك 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 ...
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The Top 4 YouTube Lectures/Videos in Fus'ha (Classical Arabic) for Beginners

While 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...
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Five Arabic Quotes: On Ignorance & Learning

This is the first post in a new series on the Studio Arabiya blog, in which I hope to share with you some interesting and inspiring Arabic quotes on d...
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Lost in Translation

A few weeks ago, I read an article  called "15 Wonderful Words with No English Equivalent" that describes cool words and phrases found in other langua...
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Arabic Stuff for Kids: Fun Arabic Décor

by Shazia Ahmad Outside of formal studies, there are lots of creative ways we can help our children develop a love and attachment to the Arabic langua...
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Finding the Beauty Placed in Difficulty

by Shazia Ahmad The famous poet Ahmad Shawqi said in a well-known line from one of his works:  إنَّ الذي مَلأَ اللُّغاتِ مَحاسِنا جَعَلَ الجَمالَ...
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