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8 Short Surah Alternatives to Surah Ikhlas for Salaat

If your only go-to short surah is Surah Ikhlas, say no more! Performing prayer is an act of worship each of us should look forward to but often times our limited knowledge of surahs force us to keep repeating the same ones in every single prayer. This leads us to have a weaker connection with…

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Did You Know That Guardian Angels Are All Around Us?

Resting my head atop my pillow after making wudu (ablution) and reading Ayat al-Kursi, I know the angels are watching over me, fending off shaytaan and asking Allah (SWT) to forgive me for my sins. I know I am not alone. While Allah (SWT) is aware of my location, he has sent the angels to…

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Salat Benefits you in more ways than you think

As Muslims, we all understand how important salat is for our faith. It is one of the five pillars of Islam and is performed five times a day during the specified times for each prayer. We see it as a mandatory form of worship and a way to connect to Allah (SWT.) However, many people…

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6 Islamic Responsibilities of Parents

Growing up we all learned about the importance of obeying our parents, whether from our imams at mosques or teachers at Sunday school. We were taught that it is an Islamic obligation to care for them as they age, to speak calmly with them, and to simply follow their instructions. And while it is necessary…

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10 Instaworthy Mosques to Visit in Malaysia

It was over 1400 years ago when mosques were established as a place of congregation for Muslims. It is a center for Muslims to practice their acts of worship, engage in intellectual and theological discussions, and a sanctuary to foster spiritual growth in the community. Mosques were built with simplicity, especially during the times of…

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5 Resources To Help You Learn Quranic Arabic

Imagine knowing what each verse of the Quran means while reciting and reading the Quran. The words in the Quran are a direct communication from Allah to mankind. Hence, the importance of learning Quranic Arabic is emphasized so that we can truly learn the message of the Quran.  Learning Quranic Arabic is not easy, especially…

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4 Faith-Based Affirmations From the Quran

We all need a little positivity in our lives, especially during trying times. And what better way to achieve that than by reflecting on Allah’s words? These faith-based affirmations from the Quran will bring positivity to your life and remind you of His love and mercy. 1. Affirmation: Allah Knows and Wants the Best for…

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What Is Muharram?: Lessons of Patience and Grief

In Shia tradition, Muharram is not only the beginning of the Islamic calendar but marks the period in which we remember the sacrifice of Prophet Mohamed (SAWW)’s grandson, Imam Hussain. Therefore, during this month Shias remember and lament the tragedy that occurred between Imam Hussain (AS)’s small band of followers and Yazid, the governor of…

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Why Zainab Bint Ali Saw Nothing But Beauty Despite Her Losses

Content warning: This post contains graphic descriptions of death and violence. Part of what we memorialize and commemorate during Ashura is the sermon delivered by Zainab (as). Following the massacre of Ahlul-Bayt and their companions, our Lady Zainab (as) delivers a sermon in the court of Yazid, forever becoming a beacon of strength for Islam…

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Contemplating Ashura: A Shia Muslim’s Reflections

Every year, upon the emergence of the crescent of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, Shi’i Muslims around the world cloak themselves in black garments and prepare to mourn Imam Husayn, peace be upon him, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and his family. On the day of Ashura, the…

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Why We Need Women Leaders

There is a story in the Quran that I find very liberating. The Quran tells us about a time when Abraham, peace be upon him (PBUH) asked, “Lord, show me how You revive the dead. Lord replied, “Have you not believed?” to which Abraham said, “Yes, but to reassure my heart.” The Quran tells us…

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4 Eid Traditions From Around the World

Now that Eid al-Adha is here, Muslims all around the world are celebrating. A commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s (as) devotion and trust in Allah, Eid al-Adha is a time to connect with family and friends. Here is a round-up of Eid traditions around the world! Pakistan In Pakistan, families gather for a large meal, with…