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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 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.]   14.  Se...
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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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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 of lam al-qasam here...
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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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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 on her arm.  Th...
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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.     Can't figure them out?  Check out the answers here !  

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.                                                              — Imam Al-Shafi‘i       ----------------------------------------------------------------------...
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