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The Foundation of Islamic Law and the Conquest of Mecca

Shari’ah, or Islamic law, literally means “a way to the watering place” or “a path to seek felicity and salvation”, and is the laws and regulations meant to govern the lives of every day Muslims as a way to lead a moral and ethical life.1 Since Islam is considered less a religion and more a…

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The Hijra and Strengthening of the Muslims

The small Muslim community in Mecca eventually expanded until its members began to clash with the Quraysh tribe–the tribe Muhammad (SAW) and many others had broken off with. Close-knit Arab society was ripped apart by the seams with the arrival of Islam, as many who had once affiliated themselves with family tribes abandoned their social…

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Spreading the Message in Mecca

Muhammad (SAW) began to meditate in the cave of Mount Hira to escape the corruption of Mecca and dwell on the deepest questions of life to which he could not seem to find answers. It is well known that he spent the entire month of Ramadan at this familiar retreat. It was then, in the…

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The Early Life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

As we Muslims welcome the month of Ramadan, our faith is even more present in our lives than ever before. And, as all of us have undoubtedly realized, it is nearly impossible to discuss or even contemplate Islam without mentioning in some way its most celebrated messenger: the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) , who not only…

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The Islamic Empire in 30 Days: Prelude

Starting Saturday, people in every country around the world will begin a month-long fast for Ramadan. The holiest month of the year, Ramadan is when Muslims refrain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset and try their best to bring themselves as close to Allah (SWT) as possible. This is not only a time…

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The Golden Opportunity

Since Ramadan is right around the corner, I decided to share some bits and pieces with you ladies regarding this holy month. This month is literally a gift from Allah (SWT) , it’s a chance to cleanse your soul from all the sins that you may have made during the year. We should all be…

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Stopping Hypocrisy

We live in the time where righteousness is difficult to encounter. While we might be surrounded by those who proclaim their love for Allah (SWT) and His Messenger (SAW), the diseases – treachery, hypocrisy, injustice, etc. – are rampant in our communities. Why are our people inflicted with infections when we have the cure in…

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The Danger with Envy

To every invention there is always a beginning. The strength of the building’s foundation determines its success. First we have to determine the location, then the surroundings, the materials, and then lay down that first brick. I was going to the beach using the interstate as I noticed the massive structures reflecting the hot sun…

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Hijab? It Protects the Valuable

When I first started wearing hijab full-time, I didn’t think it was a big deal. I constantly wondered why we had to wear hijab in the first place – after all, I would think to myself, it’s just hair. Wouldn’t it have been more prudent (astughfirullah) to command women to cover their faces, instead? I…

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Supplication: the Weapon of the Believer

In the fast-paced, demanding world of today, we often find ourselves in tight situations, and it is in these situations that we are in need of many things. Problem is, we don’t do anything to achieve them. We may sit around and dream about that new car, or the money that we long to earn,…