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Hiba is a part-time writer & full-time Mom (or the other way around when needed). Though her Bachelor’s Degree is in Management of Information Systems, her interests have always revolved around the written word. In 2015, Hiba emigrated from Saudi Arabia where she was raised, to embrace the Texan warmth (pun intended). When she isn’t browsing the aisles of a Barnes & Noble, or parenting her boss baby, she’s thinking about heavenly shawermas & trying to locate the nearest one.

5 Ways to Bring the Barakah from the Quran into Your Life

If we ask ourselves how we are engaging with the Quran on a daily basis, for most it would be in prayer. If we maintain the bare minimum of our obligatory acts, we are reciting multiple passages from the Quran at least 5 times a day. And yet sometimes we might find that we are not feeling the barakah in our day to day lives. As with anything in life, and more so when it concerns the afterlife, we must be proactive with our efforts.

Here are 5 ways to maintain a healthy and multidimensional Quran habit in your life:

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Your Body Has a Right Over You

The Internet has done a tremendous amount for the human race. It would be impossible to list all the ways it has improved lives for so many people all over the world in some shape or form. However, it has also led to a lifestyle change that is really detrimental, and that is our reduction in physical activity. We're living in times that don't necessitate much movement for even basic day-to-day things. You can get groceries delivered to your home, pay bills online and even pursue an education without leaving your bedroom. As the world continues to become more and more technologically advanced (and dependant) we need to pay more attention to the habits we are forming.

Alhamdulillah, we have been blessed with Guidance on everything. There is plenty of timeless advice in the Quran and Sunnah, but I will focus on a few golden rules/ reminders that can aid us dealing with the shift.

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The Sunnah of Social Media?

​ We know the Quran is an incredible resource from advice on relationships, and inheritance to cleanliness and behavior . This is not to mention all the scientific miracles that only became known as such hundreds of years later. So what does the Qura...
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My Top 10 Reflections from ISNACon

​ Labor Day weekend for many Muslims in America was spent at the ISNA convention in Houston, TX. This year's theme was, "What's your superpower for social good?" . Topics ranged from simple storytelling of our predecessors to interactive sessions on ...
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How to guide your children to love the Quran from Birth

When you observe a parent and a newborn, it's tough to prove that any sort of learning is taking place. However, we know that babies are constantly learning and absorbing, even before their birth! So though we can't necessarily prove in a moment, we ...
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Why Online Learning Works

​ The internet has opened up a host of opportunities for us all when it comes to learning something new. From learning a new recipe, to a new skill such as coding or even obtaining a Master's degree. Universities have shown a steady increase in the p...
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He is (still) Close

 Now that the month of increased blessings is behind us, it is likely that we will return to our pre-Ramadan ways. When we talked about the blessed month, we discussed how it's akin to running a marathon: from the dedicated training prior to the event, to the focused mental and physical efforts required to make it to the finish line. But how we treat ourselves and approach our day-to-day beyond the finish line is equally, if not more important.

So what are some ways we can retain some of those Ramadan vibes in our lives? Here are 6 ways we can prevent that dip after the month is over:

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5 Ways to Pray 5 Times a Day

When we think about pillars, we think of the structure that supports a building or a monument.  Our understanding and our approach to the pillars of Islam should be no different. Each pillar comes together to provide a structure that holds up our imaan, and shoulders our struggles of this life in many ways.

Of the five pillars the one that we engage with most regularly is prayer. How we manage it is therefore essential to our daily (and subsequently weekly, monthly, yearly) imaan levels.Here are 5 ways we can build a consistent and quality prayer habit.

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The Annual Project

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We are often encouraged to divide Ramadan into blocks of ten-days to focus our efforts on a particular aspect, specifically mercy, forgiveness and relief from Hellfire.1 However Allah is Ar-Raheem, The Most Merciful, Al-Ghaffaar and Al-Ghafur, The Ever-Forgiving and The All-Forgiving. He is Al-Wadud, The Loving, the Kind One. So why go into the most blessed month almost depriving ourselves of the unlimited bounty of Allah? His Kindness and Mercy and Love cannot be limited to a span of time. The entire month is a time for us to reap benefit from His infinite Love, Mercy and Kindness.

Instead, why not divide the month into phases, like that of a work project? From Planning to Execution and then a Post-Project Evaluation & Maintenance.

If our efforts in setting our goals and writing up our dua lists are part of planning, then the actual month becomes the execution phase.For this phase there are two key areas to focus on:

1) Perform the right tasks

2) Monitor and control performance

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The Marathon Month: 5 Ways to Prepare for Ramadan

If you've ever run a marathon, or know someone who has, you know that without training it isn't an easy feat. In fact, the discipline and efforts that go into preparing for a marathon not only determine if you make it to the finish line, but also in ...
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