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10 Misconceptions About Islam

Islam is one of the largest religions in the world, boasting just under two billion adherents. It also holds the distinction of being the fastest growing religion in the world. Studies suggest it will have surpassed Christianity as the leading faith by 2070. But despite the ever-increasing number of Muslims, Islam remains arguably the most misunderstood of all religions. This is particularly true in the West, where Islam has been wrongly associated with terrorism and other heinous crimes. Even in Middle Eastern countries, where Islam is more often than not the national religion, the laws and teachings of the Quran are sometimes misunderstood. They are misinterpreted, if not intentionally maligned, to justify the questionable antics of the country's leaders. In this article, we're going to be looking at common mistakes made by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Here are ten misconceptions about Islam.

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Significance of Sha’ban

Certain Islamic months hold a greater status as compared to others and due to this these months are rendered to be very valuable by the Muslims. The eighth month of the Islamic calendar, Sha'ban is an important month in the life of a believer. Sha'ban comes immediately before the month of Ramadan and serves as a connection between the two sacred months of Ramadan and Rajab.

There is a range of reasons why Sha'ban holds great importance in Islam and Islamic parenting and why it is an anticipated month by the community (Ummah).

Let us understand this importance and how this month can be favorable for every Muslim. 

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Ways to Help & Do Charity During COVID-19 (while staying safe)

As the coronavirus continues to spread and restrictions increase, it is easy to feel disconnected from the community. How can one help the community, neighbors, and loved ones while still respecting the "rules" of social distancing? Below is a small ...
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Getting Ready for a Successful Ramadan: Getting Your Act Together

Allah's Messenger ( ﷺ ) said, "When Ramadan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened." {Sahih al-Bukhari} Imagine a sale at the mall that starts with amazing deals and offers loads of free stuff, and this sale is for a limited time; what will we do? ...
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Islam & COVID-19

Islam and Covid-19 Islam being a complete way of life, does not leave us stranded at the time of crisis or a pandemic; instead, it shows us how to deal, act, react and pray. With the overflux of information on news and social media about Coronavirus ...
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How to Prepare for Ramadan 2020!

Prepare Early:  An important month like Ramadan needs planning and preparation early. Start planning for this beautiful month at least 2 months in advance. Make a list of things you want to accomplish this Ramadan Example: 3 habits that you want...
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Duas for Rizq

Many of us make dua to Allah to ask for His favors, to get His attention, to seek forgiveness for our sins, or simply to get out of trouble when we get into one.  Sometimes our dua to Allah brings immediate results and sometimes it doesn't. For ...
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What Does Athan Mean In Islam?

What is Athan? Athan is a call to prayer for Muslims and it is announced every day at the beginning of each prayer time of the five daily prayers. The muezzin (person who calls the Athan) makes this call from a high place; traditionally from the top ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 someti...
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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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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 e...
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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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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 ...
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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 wh...
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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 po...
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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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Ayat and Hadith that Prove Islam is a Religion of Peace

​ Critics of Islam often brand it as a barbaric and brutal religion. Their argument is generally based on a select few ayat (Quaranic verses) and hadith (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad) which seem to promote violence. There are indeed a number of ay...
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10 Celebrities Who Converted to Islam

With more than 1.8 billion adherents, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Interest in Islam in the Western world surged in the mid-20th century. Since then, Westerners have been converting to the religion in droves. We've even seen a number of Hollywood notables make the Shahadah, some of whom left their fans stunned by their decision. We're going to be looking at a number of such cases in this article.

Here are 10 celebrities who converted to Islam.

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