This post was originally published on this siteIn the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Grantor of Mercy. “Indeed, these people love the immediate and leave behind them a grave Day.” Many times, the vicious rat-race of the modern lifestyle cheats the Muslim of their greatest resource; a meaningful connection with Allah . Even when we stop to squeeze in the prayer before its time expires,

This post was originally published on this siteThe month of Ramadan is upon us, by Allah’s grace. When we welcomed the month of Ramadan last year, Muhammad Ali (the legendary boxer) had just died, may Allah have mercy on him. It was a strange time, with everyone still emotional over his death.  I myself felt fragile, as I might break at a touch. Ali’s death was not entirely unexpected: he

This post was originally published on this siteRepair your relationships? Whaaaat? I thought Ramadan is only about reading the Quran and praying taraweeh.  Who has time for relationships?  I have goals I need to finish – like completing the reading of the Quran, perfecting my recitation and doing as many sunnah prayers as possible. I simply don’t have time. I would like to go in my little cocoon and do

This post was originally published on this siteWe will be sharing reflections through the month on the site and Facebook Live Today a friend asked, “Ready for Ramadan?” I am never 100% ready but this year I’m not having anxiety (you know the kind when you want to impress a guest and have a hundred things to do to get things just right). I feel like an old friend is

This post was originally published on this siteBy Shibli Zaman A dear friend told me recently, “I mean no offense, but your life is so fraught with trials and tribulations that when things are bad I just think of how things are for you. And it makes me grateful that things in my life aren’t as bad.” I took no offense at all. Because, yes, I have suffered and suffer

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Ramadan is Hope

This post was originally published on this siteHow are countless believers able to pray tarāweeḥ throughout the month of Ramadan when many of them do not enter the mosques throughout the rest of the year? How are so many believers able to fast for an entire month without breaking fast early, despite being able to do so in private without anyone but their Lord knowing? How are so many believers

This post was originally published on this siteيَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اصْبِرُوا وَصَابِرُوا وَرَابِطُوا وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ “O you who have attained faith! Be patient in adversity, outdo all others in endurance, and be ever ready , and remain conscious of God, so that you may succeed!” – Qur’an 3:200 This open letter was inspired by a noticeable increase in requests for advice and reassurance from frustrated community activists and

This post was originally published on this siteWe can say “Peace on Earth.” We can sing about it, preach about it or pray about it, but if we have not internalized the mythology to make it happen inside us, then it will not be.” –Betty Shabazz Muslims in North America love to talk about our diversity. We beam with pride during visual presentations of our communal rituals. We are awed

This post was originally published on this siteOn the surface, there is little to connect the two books, but if you look past the exterior – what we may realise is that the beauty of both is in their collation of data rather than in necessarily discovering new data. In short, if Google has taught us anything, it is that organising information to be easily accessible can be just as

This post was originally published on this siteThough past peoples knew of savagery, it is only in the modern era that brutality is witnessed as it is taking place. The rise of the internet has exacerbated this phenomenon, broadcasting suffering through videos and images depicting bloodshed, starvation, massacres, and oppression. And although witnessing deprivation is always taxing to an individual with even a shred of spiritual worth, it is the