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How Mosques Are Dealing With Muslims’ Mental Health Issues

They meet in a conference room on the second floor of the Islamic Association of Raleigh, a therapist and a member of the mosque experiencing emotional distress. Sitting around a table in the windowless room, they talk for an hour, during which the therapist draws up a list of referrals to outside experts who can offer specialized help for marital …

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What’s the Right Way to Perform Tahajjud?

What is the proper way to perform Tahajjud? One should begin with two quick rak`ahs and then pray whatever one wishes after that. It is best to delay this prayer to the last third portion of the night, but it may be performed after `Isha’ prayer in the early part or the middle part of the night. ______________________________________  Actually this is …

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This is Why Islam Prohibits Drinking Alcohol

Islam’s holistic approach to health and well-being means that anything that is harmful or mostly harmful, is forbidden.  Therefore,  Islam takes an uncompromising stand towards alcohol and forbids its consumption in either small or large quantities. Alcohol is undoubtedly harmful and adversely affects the mind and the body.  It clouds the mind, causes disease, wastes money, and destroys individuals, families, …

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Can a Real Muslim Be Depressed?

Depression drains our energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what we need to feel better. In today’s world there are many factors contributing to the rise of depression. This depression is common both in the East and in the West, while it is evident among the youth; it also affects the older age brackets, due to the …

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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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