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Smile Brighter This Ramadan

With Ramadan around the corner and preparations in full swing, most of us have mentally drafted spiritual, physical or social checklists; be it the number of juz we wish to memorize, the charity organisation we want to be part of, the number of kilos to shed, or even how many samosas to unsuccessfully stop at….

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Will This Ramadan Be Different?

“I feel nervous”, “How will I do it?” and other such phrases have crossed my mind just a few weeks ago, as I pushed through the working days in a fast-paced, on-the-go, on-your-feet-all-day kind of job in a kindergarten. While the excitement for Ramadan fills the air, while the countdown begins, while the pre-Ramadan workshops…

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Amidst Clouds

As the plane takes off like a bird from the ground leaving the world behind raising higher and higher till the world becomes nothing but a passing sight, some thoughts come to mind. They may make sense to some and maybe not to others. Maybe its shaped by our experiences, but here goes. Start off…

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Parent’s Rights in Islam

Allāh the Exalted said: وَاعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَلَا تُشْرِكُوا بِهِ شَيْئًا وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا وَبِذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْيَتَامَىٰ وَالْمَسَاكِينِ وَالْجَارِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْجَارِ الْجُنُبِ وَالصَّاحِبِ بِالْجَنبِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ وَمَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ مَن كَانَ مُخْتَالًا فَخُورًا Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the…

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Matn al-Sakhawiyah: Unlocking the Quran

I recently came across a work of classical poetry that blew me away. A friend inquired from our teacher about “Matn al Sakhawiyya” on the Mutashabihat ayat of the Quran. Our teacher replied that it was an excellent way to remember a lot of confusing similarities in the Quran by quoting a line from her memory….

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Journey of Faith: Life of Salman al-Farisi

Salman al-Farisi is perhaps most famously known for his ingenious plan during the Battle of Khandaq to outsmart the 10,000 strong army of disbelievers by using a technique in warfare not known by the Arabs at that time. But then again he was one of the most prominent sahabas later on known for his abundant…

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Wudhu as per the Hanbali Madhab

The following are points of benefit regarding wudhu as per the Hanbali Madhab taught by Sheikh Abu Ibrahim John Starling. Wudhu    A. There are 8 Pre-Requisites which must be met for a valid Wudhu: 1. Cessation of what obligates it. Menstrual and postpartum bleeding, urination, etc. must have completely stopped. 2. Intention, a prerequisite for…

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Istanbul: The City That Speaks Poetry, Tea & Prayer

Istanbul, where continents clash, is a place where you can find anything. This meeting place of East and West is a union of beauty, poetry, mysticism, history, and several cultures. Napoleon Bonaparte once said: “If the world were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital”. Love for this city is destined to last forever. Amidst…

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