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Muslims: A Matter of Perception

I just finished reading a string of comments claiming one after another how the “majority ‘Moderate Muslim’ population” is not doing anything to denounce the radical Muslims which means that they are, in actuality, in agreement with their actions.  It all stemmed from a rather pleasant read from the CNN article which was stating that…

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Rasulullah’s Legacy: The Well of Zam-Zam

The legacy of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) does not start from his first revelation that began his prophethood, nor does it start from his birth – but it starts from Ibrahim (Abraham) (AS) and his journey into Egypt. It is with that fated journey with the Will of Allah (SWT) that a man would be born who will change the world.

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Beautifully Modest

A combination of lose shirts, cardigans, and skirts can make any dress modest in no time. Right: Put to use a mini-skirt! How many have you skipped through your shopping endeavors? Not anymore. Find some that cover your thighs, match it with a lose shirt, and accessorize to pull it all together. Be sure to…

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A Trendy Saturday

Sometimes you have to turn things down a notch and go to an informal gathering. Mixing up the trend of skirts and making it hijab friendly with a pair of jeans can take you right out of the mall into the mosque for prayer. Add a few flashy accessories and finish with a patterned hijab…

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Why is Sinning Easier for Me?

When we are born, two faculties are created alongside us as challenges to make us vulnerable to committing crimes: Shaytan and Nafs. Shaytan, or Satan, has existed even before the Creation of Man and it is his job to invite us to do sinful things until our death. To further describe his duties, he is to coax you into following your nafs.

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Formal suit, frilly dress!

Lately, a lot of runways and notable female celebs have been rocking “feminized” mens’ suits. It definitely works for a classic look, and there is no better time to wear the get-up than on a night out with friends and family. With a few extra touches, it’s easy to make the outfit modest. Check out…

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The Banner of Peace

These are tough times.  Our values, outlooks, beliefs, lifestyle, and even our clothing are being attacked and ridiculed.  Each headline in the news, from about a mass murderer to a taxi driver, is being innacurately blamed on Islam, rather than a faulty human being.  There is no doubt that these are tough times for Muslims…

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Etiquettes of Prayer

Salah is incumbent upon us and contains certain guidelines without which it becomes invalid. I have outlined some of the common mistakes you might be making in your prayer and hope that you will find it useful as a reminder in your quest to become a better Muslim:

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My Hijab is for You, Too

Why do you wear the hijab? Muslims and non-Muslims alike have asked me the same question countless times.  While it is true that Islam, in addition to the spiritual enlightenment, has preferred women to wear the hijab for their safety and modesty, there are additional important reasons worth mentioning. I wear the garment for a…

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To Eat the Flesh of His Dead Brother

Sitting with my mother on the sofa with a remote control in my hand, I had the honor of watching an incredibly powerful and deeply moving lecture. This opinion might not be shared by everyone, but my life changed within the thirty minutes of the scholar speaking about two of the Major Sins which we…

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Zakah: Purification of the Soul

When I was gardening with my mother in the front yard, planting blooming flowers or slender vines, my hands were getting the worst of it.  The result of our efforts was magnificent – or as magnificent as we could make it – and our hard work paid off.  Each morning we would have an evolving…

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The Islamic Empire’s Textile and Blacksmith Industries

Among its many accomplishments, the Islamic Empire was also renowned worldwide for its incredible textile and blacksmith industries. Textiles characterized by rich colors and details, and steel that was notorious for its matchless precision, characterized the quality and marvelousness of Islamic creations that later civilizations aspired to recreate with little success. Byzantine and Sasanian served…

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Work, Assignments, and… Wait, it’s Ramadan?

Are you feeling a little distant this first week of Ramadan?  Do you feel as if you have not accomplished much during the blessed month?  Without doubt, I can assure you that you are not the only one.  Sometimes we have programmed ourselves in the first few days to merely fast and then break it…

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Islam’s Advancements in Anatomy

Human bodies have been a mystery to mankind since the earliest of creations.  The functions of its parts – from the intricacies of its hands and feet to the mission of the heart – have been in the limelight for centuries and advancement in this field is unyielding.  Medical sciences have taken an important part…