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Would God Make Me Speak Arabic?

My name is Mustafa Sanjata, I was born in Akron, Ohio and raised up in a small college town not far from there called Wooster. I was adopted into a family from Southern Georgia, who were migrant workers. My father was 33rd degree Mason, so he didn’t hold too tight to religion but my mother was a church mother, she …

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“I Have Pardoned Every Muslim Who Has Harmed Me

When the life of Shaykh al-Islam Ibnu Taymiyyah is discussed the focus, many a time, is on the dimensions of his knowledge, his flawless memory, his Jihaad, his enjoining of good and forbidding of evil, his trials, his Ibaadah, his fearlessness and bravery, and his eloquence. But, such discussions often miss one of the most beautiful dimensions of the life …

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Etiquette of visiting the sick

One of the many beauties of Islam is that it is a way of life that corresponds with a human being’s natural disposition in every aspect of life. Amongst these things that a human naturally feels is mercy and compassion for the sick. Hence, Islam has placed a great deal of emphasis on bringing these qualities into our lives. The …

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Muslim Pursues Law Career to Fight Discrimination

SEATTLE – Unlike many American youth, 19-year-old Hikma Sherka says the biggest motivation she got to pursue a law career was discrimination her mother faced for wearing hijab. “I want to show people that being Muslim is not going to stop me from any of my dreams. It’s actually going to push me to become a better person and to …

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US Muslim Voters Increase By 60%

MICHIGAN – American Muslim civil rights groups have been leading campaigns to encourage Muslims to register in November polls, in a bid to have a voice against rising Islamophobic sentiments in politics. “One party has been almost ostracizing Muslims with their rhetoric,” Rabab Qamar, who helped organize a voter registration drive during the last Friday in Ramadan in Michigan, told …

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Judgment of Others, a Mirror of Your Heart

“I don’t care about yours or anyone’s judgment of me,” the woman shot back at me in an e-mail. I sat before the computer screen for some time, troubled by the words of someone I once knew as an intelligent, funny, and energetic person I enjoyed being around. I didn’t know what to say in reply, or if there was …

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The Legislated Interaction between Muslims and Non-Muslims

Allah said: And We have sent you (O Muhammad ) not but as a mercy for the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists).[ Al-Anbiyah :104] عَنْ جَرِيرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللهِ ، قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم : لاَ يَرْحَمُ اللَّهُ مَنْ لاَ يَرْحَمُ النَّاسَ  Jarir bin `Abdullah narrated: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Allah will not be merciful to …

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Mercy with People’s Faults

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says: A person, who learns of people’s secrets and does not have Godly mercy on them, brings upon himself great danger and disaster. When one’s knowledge and awareness increase, he will find himself in situations and incidents where he gets involved in many social matters, and starts …

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He Named You Muslims

{He who has named you the Muslims before and in this scripture} (22:78) This verse, or rather a portion of it, draws our attention to the name has been given as followers of this religion of submission is a divine gift that God Almighty who named us as Muslims. And this name goes back before our own time and far …

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What will you achieve with your life?

Regrets gather around us like books we wish we’d read. One day a book other than the Qur’an will become most critical to us. On the day of standing, there will be a moment when the books will fly into our hands. It will be a moment when anxiety will reach such levels that even a baby’s hair will turn …

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