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Why I Left Social Media

“Oh! You’re no longer on Facebook?” This is a regular question that I am faced with whenever conversations about if I have seen or heard this or that on Facebook arise. I cannot say I have absolutely no clue what social media is, but I can say for certain I have absolutely no idea what…

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A Traveler’s Guide

18 years of living in a Muslim country had me taking the Islamic way of life for granted and when I moved to a predominantly non-Muslim country for higher studies, my happy-go-lucky life took quite a 360° jerk. The new-found freedom away from family, the excitement of delving into a new culture, the modified version…

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Death Note

Man’s greatest fear is death. Our fear of death is existential. Death is associated with everything horrid and depressing. We tend to not remember it as much as we can. Everytime we encounter death, it is a tragedy we never expect. Subconsciously, we are attached to our embodied existence, and dispossession of our soul is…

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Is not the Quran Enough?

“Is not the Quran enough for guidance?” An innocent question but plump with sinister fillings. Today we are seeing again a rise of those who reject the Hadiths of the Prophet and claim to only follow the Quran directly. Why? Because when you remove the Sunnah, you are basically removing the entirety of the Shariah….

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History of Indian Scholarship | Sheikh Akram Nadwi

These are running notes from a class taught by Sheikh Akram Nadwi on the History of Indian Scholarship. This is not a transcribed version of the talk but rather notes.   Many of the books on Uzbekistan, China etc came from India. The famous scholar, Sheikh Khalid alKurdi studied in India. Nowadays we see many orientalists talk…

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The Abominable Touch

*Madinah, Saudi Arabia* Perhaps around 8-10 years ago, I and the elder sister walk into a small local store while our madre waited out in the car. Although it was the only one open in the area, it was also quite close to the Masjid and presumably ‘safe’. It was unoccupied and while we separated,…

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Who Am I? – A Self Discovery

Growing up, it has long been ingrained in our minds that we should aim to achieve enough in life to afford comfort and happiness. Myself, as a parent, I hope that my children will also grow to achieve in their lives, a level of comfort and stability that everyone wishes for. Not so very long…

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It’s A Miracle!

The world was flooded yet the ark of Nuh عليه السلام survived. Today the world is flooded with darkness yet the ark of Sunnah is here for us to survive. Ibrahim عليه السلام was thrown into a raging gigantic fire that could be seen and its heat felt from miles yet, the fire didn’t harm him….

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To Gilded Mountains

A beautiful connection dawned upon me during my Tafseer class. Long ago, when we did the Tafseer of Surah Al-Fatihah, we connected it to a verse in Surah An-Nisa’. The verse ‘Siratallatheena an’amta alaihim’, is explained as ‘The path of those whom you have bestowed your blessings upon’. It is said that ‘An’amta alaihim’ (those…

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3 Keys to Unlocking A Married Life

The first few years of marriage are hard. I cannot tell you how many times I had the thought of ending mine in the first year of my marriage. But I married my husband after doing Istikhara, after consulting Allah, so I turn to Him each time I am in distress. Alhamdulillah, although my husband…

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