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First Somali-American Muslim Lawmaker on Time Cover

MINNEAPOLIS – Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American Muslim woman to be elected legislator has been featured on the cover of Time magazine, as one of 46 influential women to break barriers. “My family called me the “why kid” growing up. I always needed to know why something is happening, why I had to do something, why whatever,” she said in …

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Woman of Courage: Lessons from the story of Hajar

Muslims from all around the world flock to Makkah to perform Umrah and Hajj every year although many centuries back, you would not find a single person in the lonely valley of Makkah. Surrounded by rock mountains and with a bed of sand for ground, it offered no vegetation and no water. Yet, this was about to change. The change …

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Who is the Woman who Founded the Rites of Hajj?

The days of Hajj are a remembrance of great events- The rites of our pilgrimage have their roots deep in the history of God’s noble Prophets from the time of Abraham to the time of Muhammad (peace be upon them all). Our Hajj, as a consequence, affirms in our hearts the strong connection that exists between all of the Prophets …

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An Offer You Cannot Refuse

As I sat in the Prophet’s (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) masjid, trying to relax to prepare for Tarāwīḥ, I noticed an old man praying beside me. A while later, he came next to me to lie down and apologized and said, “Excuse me, but I’m 80 years old and my body is weak”. By Allāh, he did not lie …

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Maximizing Intentions for Hajj

As we approach the final month of the lunar calendar, the sacred month of Dhul-Hijjah, millions of Muslims around the world are preparing to embark on the most important journey of their lives – Ḥajj; the major pilgrimage to the blessed land of Makkah Al-Mukarramah. As previously mentioned regarding having multiple intentions whilst reciting the Qur’ān in Ramaḍān,  our beloved …

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Imagine this were your story

Imagine that you have reached old age, living with your spouse. You have children and, as they were growing up, you lavished upon them every possible advantage and luxury that you could afford, having worked hard to do so during the best years of your life. You were ‘good’ parents. You had them educated in either a grammar or independent …

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The Importance of Ikhlās

During our life we go through different phases; we go to school, then we go to university, then we graduate and get jobs in which we get decently paid. What necessitates the accomplishment of them all is hard work and sincere dedication which pays off in the long run. However, at whatever point in life we may currently be, we …

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5 Unique Times Your Dua is Accepted…That You Probably Didn’t Know About!

We all know that the best supplications are made in sujood, at tahajjud time, when it rains, when sick and when travelling. But there are 5 beautifully unique times one can make dua and the dua is most likely to be accepted! 1. When stirring in the night Narrated Ubada Bin As-Samit that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: ‘Whomever wakes up …

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Ramadan is When it All Began…

What does Ramadan remind us of? Fasting, late night prayers, charity… Yes, all this and more. However, Ramadan should also remind us of the event with which it all began. Islam, the Qur’an and the beginning of the message of the Prophet all started on a beautiful night in Ramadan. Allah says, “Indeed, We revealed it [the Qur’an] during the …

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What to Do in the Last Nights of Ramadan?

Observing a retreat in the mosque is of the best things we can do during the last ten nights of Ramadan. The last ten nights of Ramadan are very special. The first of these nights occurs on the eve of the 21st day of Ramadan. In other words, it is the night that commences after the completion of the 20th …

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