This post was originally published on this siteHalal in simple terms means what is acceptable and permissible under Islamic Law. Halal investing refers to the investing of funds that are permissible and in-line with Muslim investors’ values. There are several criteria that have to be met for an investment to be permissible, other than the absence of interest. However, screening for these criteria is not always easy and that can

This post was originally published on this siteThe mosque. A community hub. A safe space – for all sections of the community, regardless of age, gender, race or religion. A place where education soared, charity was widespread, a refuge for those who needed it and so much more. This was the Prophetic mosque in the city of Medina. The first space of worship for that community of Muslims. Fast forward

This post was originally published on this sitePsychological individuation. What is it? Why might it be a main theme of the Book of Genesis? How do key characters succeed and fail at it? And how does Joseph wrap it all up in the book’s last section? C.G. Jung’s Concept of Individuation Individuation, in Jung’s psychology, is a process of becoming – becoming more than an ego. Not ego in the negative

This post was originally published on this siteFinding peace and tranquillity in life is a major human dream and desire. The earliest philosophers spoke about finding inner peace and happiness, and today still, the self-help industry is worth billions of dollars. All of this comes back to the human need to find tranquillity. Spirituality is also a reflection of people’s desire to find tranquillity. At some level, most people know

This post was originally published on this siteStumped by our own Childhood Tinselly window dressings are everywhere. It is holiday season— the only time during the year where peppermint bark comes to the local Trader Joe’s. Neighborhood windows glisten with ornaments on the tree. “Mama, why can’t we have a Christmas tree like theirs?” he asks. Sometimes, the youngest children ask the toughest questions. Especially tough when this question was

This post was originally published on this siteI was born and raised in an urban setting with very few trees. The trees that were in the city were overshadowed by buildings and skyscrapers. I write this article in dedication to my wife and children; as we ventured on a major life-changing event we found ourselves surrounded by these beautiful trees, as high as we can see. It reminded me of

This post was originally published on this siteBy Raghad Ebied   We​ ​are​ ​all​ ​inevitably​ ​going​ ​to​ ​face​ ​moments​ ​of​ ​disappointment​ ​in​ ​our​ ​life​: disappointments​ ​from​ ​work,​ ​family,​ ​friends,​ ​society,​ ​and​ ​even​ ​ourselves.​ ​That’s​ ​the​ ​very nature​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world​ ​we​ ​live​ ​in​; ​it’s​ ​not​ ​ideal,​ ​it’s​ ​not​ ​perfect,​ ​and​ ​shortcomings​ ​are bound​ ​to​ ​happen​ ​from​ ​others​ ​and​ ​from​ ​ourselves. The​

This post was originally published on this siteBy Ismail Shaikh   Is it time for us to reconcile our faith with mental health and psychology? The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Take for example the case study of Hashim: Hashim is a 25-year old single male who experienced severe bullying throughout middle school. Although it ceased in high school, it impact him severely enough that he found it challenging

This post was originally published on this siteHanukkiah. The eight-branched menorah we light at Hanukkah. What Does the Hanukkiah Mean? The prophet Zechariah never heard of a hanukkiah. But he can help us understand its meaning. In synagogue on Shabbat Hanukkah, we read Zechariah’s vision of the menorah. It’s a good choice, right? We light a type of menorah, so we read about a menorah. But that seems a little superficial. The

This post was originally published on this siteBy Abeda Ahmad This brother in his 60s with a beard and jubbah sat in front of me with his head hung down and hands clasped firmly together while his knuckles were turning white due to the pressure. I could see that talking about his issue was draining and it was taking every ounce of courage and willpower. He said he knew it