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An Attitude of Gratitude

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, as well as nun at-tawkeed - both linguistic methods of emphasizing the certainty and absoluteness of the truth of a statement. Allah is assuring us that this increase will definitely happen, if only we are grateful.

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Advice From the Grave (!)

Written on a grave: Oh who is standing at my grave!Don't be amazed by my situation!Yesterday, I was like you!And Tomorrow, you will be like me!

Steps to Guiding Your Children to Learn Quran

Our Prophet, Mohammed (Peace be upon him) said, "The best among you is the one who learns the Quran and teaches it." Teaching children the Quran is not bounded to teaching them the provisions of the book and its teachings, but is a revival of their s...
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What Does the Quran Say About Racism?

Although our society has grown markedly more inclusive over the past couple of decades, it remains virtually impossible to go a week without hearing about some sort of racially motivated attack or a famous figure being accused of prejudice. Unfortuna...
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5 Tools to Help You Learn Arabic Online

1. Live teachers  Students who want to study Arabic undoubtedly need a professional Arabic teacher who can walk with them every step of the way in the process of learning Arabic. Live teachers can professionally teach you Arabic with high f...
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Why Do We Say Bismillah?

Bismillah  'Basmalah' or 'Bismillah' is a phrase to mention God (Allah) before beginning any action or speech. It is a powerful phrase that completes our actions and adds immense reward and Barakah to everything that follows it. By saying, 'Bism...
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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 sometime...
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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 Golden Advice

The Prophet ﷺ advised us to: "Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death" (Narrated b...
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Make Your Kids Fall In Love With The Quran With These Tips!

For every Muslim parent, it is an honor to see their kids fall in love with the Quran and Allah. Loving the Quran is not just restricted to memorizing specific verses (aayaat) but it's much more than it. When a child begins to fall in love with Quran...
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What Does the Quran Say about Protecting the Environment?

Although it really shouldn't be, climate change has become one of the most contentious subjects of the past decade. Despite ample evidence pointing to its legitimacy, countless people deny it is a threat, with some even brushing off its existence ent...
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Purity is Half of Faith

The Why  Allah (s.w.a) only accepts that which is pure, so we as Muslims strive to achieve purity, both of body and soul. In His infinite mercy, Allah (s.w.a) has given us many ways to achieve this purity, one of which is wudu. The benefits of w...
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The Incredible Story of the First English-Language Interpretation of the Quran

Go to the Religion section of any book store today and you'll likely see a number of English-language interpretations of the Quran. This is a clear sign of just how far Islam has come in the Western world. 100 years ago, it was almost impossible to f...
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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 ex...
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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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A Look at The Muslim’s Burial

As Muslims we pride ourselves in belonging to a belief system that speaks on all aspects of our lives. From the etiquette of dealing with a newborn to the rulings on different types of transactions. One part of this all-encompassing system is ho...
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What is Hajj?

Hajj is the fifth and final Pillar of Islam. Every year, countless Muslims from around the world descend on Mecca to fulfill it by circling the Kaaba and completing the other rituals established by Muhammad (PBUH) almost 1500 years ago. But just what...
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Leaving For Hajj? Consider These Tips For An Easy And Fulfilling Spiritual Journey!

Those who have read  the beautiful Quran also know that there are several verses on Hajj in the holy book. Hajj is one of the most gratifying religious obligations and is considered a duty for all abled Muslims but only the fortunate ones get th...
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5 ways to Multiply Your Good Deeds in the Eyes of Allah

In Islam, God is presented as a loving and benevolent supreme being. As is stressed in the Quran again and again and again, Allah delights in exercising mercy. While He is certainly capable of great wrath and destruction, He rarely utilizes such powe...
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Five Western Countries with Growing Muslim Populations

For the past 1,500 years, Islam has been a predominantly Middle Eastern religion. Recently, however, it has begun to spread in earnest. The expansion of Islam in the West can be traced back to a number of factors, including increased immigration and ...
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