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The Arabic Lineage of English Words

It is no surprise that hundreds or thousands of words from the Arabic language have found their way into English and other European languages. Like many other things in this world, words too can have a lineage by which they can be traced. The continuously developing field of etymology helps us learn about the origin…

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Akhsar Al-Mukhtasarat | Book of Fasting

The Beginning of Ramadan It is obligatory for every Mukallaf, able person to fast the month of Ramadan. It is obligatory upon such people to fast upon seeing the crescent moon even if it’s been sighted by a single trustworthy person. According to the mu’tamad position of the madhab it is valid to be sighted…

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The Other Side of Ramadan

Today more than half of Ramadan has flown past us and we are more and not still wondering why we don’t feel that blessed vibe of Ramadan. We may wait for Ramadan to arrive and for the Shayateen to be chained so that we can start working on ourselves. What we need to remember, and…

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Ode of Bayquniyyah

المنظومة البيقونية This book is written by Sheikh, Taha Ibn Muhammad Ibn Futuh Al-Bayquni. Some other scholars argue and said that his name is Umar Ibn Muhammad. Khairuddin az-Zirikhly in his book talks of the doubt if the name of the author is Taha or Umar. He was a muhaddith usuli. He was alive before…

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A Woman’s Journey In Ramadan

Ramadan is less than a month away, and as many get ready to embrace this month head on, some of us may be feeling a little laid back, unsure about how to prepare and make the most of this blessed month. For many women, this can be the case, and in this article I will…

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Waqf in Islam

Waqf is defined as a permanent dedication of the corpus of the valuable property by a Muslim to the ownership of Allah for religious, charitable, and pious purposes. The term waqf literally means to prevent (habs) or restrain. In legal terms it means to protect a thing or to prevent it from becoming the property…

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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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