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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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5 Practical Ideas to Maximize Our Rewards in Ramadan

Another Ramadan is coming up Insha’Allah. This time, let’s try out some novel ways of maximizing our rewards. Here are five ideas I plan to adopt this Ramadan. Give them a try and share your experience with us! 1. Keep a Quran-diary We often feel reluctant to look for our own reflections on verses of the Quran, because we feel …

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5 Ways to Welcome Ramadan – The Special Guest

God says in the Quran: O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint. (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (should be made up) from days later.  For those who can do …

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6 Easy Steps For Preparing For Ramadan

Are we ready for Ramadan? As we are approaching the blessed month of Ramadan with only a few weeks left, what have we done to prepare ourselves for Ramadan? Throughout the year our hearts have been accumulating stains and rusts; did we purify our hearts yet? My brothers and sisters, it’s not too late…let’s start from now insha’Allah and make …

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Prayer, the Most Powerful Healer

{Pray to me and I will hear your prayer} (Surat Ghafir 40:60). “Say Du’a for me.” Your friend pleads as she goes to interview for a job. Muslims are accustomed to using du’a and prayer in a number of situations mentioned above, but often forget the power of prayer in healing. One is more likely to drink some herbal tea or …

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Before Action, Double-Check Your Intention

“Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what they intended. So whoever migrates for the sake of Allah and His messenger, the migration will be counted truly for Allah and His messenger. And whoever migrates for the sake of worldly increase or to marry someone, then the migration will count for whatever it was for.” (Al-Bukhari) Each one of …

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How to Unlock the Treasures of the Friday Sermon

Many courses and seminars have been organised both in our city and in others with the objective of developing the sermon givers and equipping them with the necessary tools to effectively communicate the message of Allah and His messenger (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) to the masses. This article, however, will not address the matter of the Friday sermon from the …

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Unlock the Barakah this Ramadan

All praise is for Allah. We ask Allah to praise and grant peace upon the Messenger, his family and followers. The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever is present for the month let him fast through it. And whoever is ill …

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Never Give Up – Don’t Let Satan Win

“I’ve had it! I’m done! I’ve tried as much as I can, and nothing seems to ever work out the way it is supposed to. No matter what I do it never seems to be enough. I will never be a good Muslim, and I will never hold up to everyone’s expectations of me.” Does this sound familiar to you? …

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Zakah at a Glance

Introduction Zakáh is one of the five fundamental institutions of Islam. It is second only to prayer as an essential article of the faith. Zakáh forms an integral, compulsory and inseparable part of the Islamic way of life. The non-observance or neglect of Zakáh is tantamount to a negation of the faith itself. The early Meccan revelations emphasized the moral …

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