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This post was originally published on this siteWhy is it that a large number of Muslim communities in North America are all struggling with the same issues? Board politics. Getting rid of good community leaders. Incessant focus on fundraising at all costs. Clearly, these issues can’t be logistical. They wouldn’t be this prevalent if they were. It’s almost as if there is a shared underlying mentality that is common to

This post was originally published on this siteHajj is first and foremost a spiritual journey. The end goal of Hajj is simple–receive the gift of complete forgiveness of all of your past sins. All you have to do is complete the mandatory requirements of each ritual and step of Hajj while avoiding a few critical mistakes and the gift of forgiveness is promised to you. Here are some spiritual preparation

This post was originally published on this siteWhen I was 14, my white mother sat me down- unprompted- and did what blonde ladies do to tidy up their eyebrows…I think. She shaved the top half of my eyebrows off and told me to keep it up. This might have worked for her. After all she was descended from a variety of European heritages. Irish, Scottish, and some German. My mother’s

This post was originally published on this siteSee the Story Index for Wael Abdelgawad’s other stories. Zaid Karim Private Investigator is a full length novel. Previous chapters: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 Saturday, February 6, 2010 – 9:00 am Fresno, California I slept straight through Fajr, which I was

This post was originally published on this siteBy Dunia Shuaib DISCOVER Taking interest in your spouse and learning more about them helps build a strong bond between the two of you. Your spouse will begin to feel that you truly care and love them so much that you want to know everything about them. From their childhood memories, to their embarrassing teenage mishaps, likes and dislikes, all the way to

This post was originally published on this siteThe following is an excerpt from Umm Zakiyyah’s newly released book, The Abuse of Forgiveness: Manipulation and Harm in the Name of Emotional Healing. It is undeniable that God loves forgiveness. It is also undeniable that God views forgiveness as exponentially more superior than blame, punishment, and retaliation. Personally, I highly doubt that there is in existence a single survivor, even one trapped in

This post was originally published on this siteSee the Story Index for Wael Abdelgawad’s other stories. Zaid Karim Private Investigator is a full length novel. Previous chapters: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 Note to Readers: As of August 1st 2017 I’ve made many changes in the previous chapters, so you might want

This post was originally published on this site“Your possessions and your children are only a trial, and Allah it is with Whom is a great reward.” – Quran 64:15 I was sitting in a Los Angeles courtroom waiting on a client’s estate litigation case.  These are cases that regularly fracture families, but that was not my case that day. This day as I waited I listened in on a public

This post was originally published on this siteAs the intra-GCC conflict digs its heels in deeper, it is important to acknowledge that no single party is one hundred percent correct, that not every issue is black and white, and that there exists large swathes of gray- as is typical in such wide geopolitical conflicts. Having said that, there is certainly a party that is more principled. And in the following

This post was originally published on this siteIn the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Grantor of Mercy In his famous book, al-Fawâ’id, Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah bestow mercy upon him) strings together a collection of short gems; potent doses of spiritual vigor to help recalibrate one’s heart when they fall heedlessly on the journey of life. Below is one of my all-time favorite pieces from it, which I