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Yaqeen

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Yaqeen

What if I said the root of all evil is denial of the Day of Judgment? Take a second and think about it. That man who kidnaps a child, when he thinks no one is looking – he does it thinking he won’t get caught, or have to suffer the consequences. Those leaders who oppress their people – they think they are all-powerful and won’t have to answer to anyone when their rule is over. The abusive spouse who thinks whatever happens in the house is no one else’s business. The bully in the dark alley who thinks he can have his “fun” and get away with it.

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Beacons of Light

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Beacons of Light

In the time of ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab, radiAllahu anhu, the second Khalifah, it was mandatory upon all the young girls to learn Surat an-Noor. From the beauty of this Surah is that it begins with, “[This is] a surah which We have sent down and made [that within it] obligatory and revealed therein verses of clear evidence that you might remember” [Surat an-Noor: 1].

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Together

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Together

On each Eid, a billion or so Muslims, in every corner, nook, and cranny of this world come together and celebrate their joy together. Together. Every year- no, every few months – my hopes are lifted: a jam-packed masjid in Ramadan, over a million pilgrims in Hajj, Eid prayer, all together. In sync. I see one Ummah, one family, one nation, one purpose, one goal. But when I open my eyes and see the fights over little things (and, yes, they are little), my heart begins to ache.

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In Their Ranks

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In Their Ranks

When the going gets tough, here’s a little something to keep you going. In Surat Baqarah, Verse 124, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says: “And (remember) when Abraham was tried by his Lord with commands and he fulfilled them…” In the ayah, the word for “to try” is “ibtilaa'” in Arabi. It means to put someone in a difficult situation, in hardship, a test. It’s hard, not easy.

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Don’t Tell Me

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Don’t Tell Me

Sometimes, a good rant is just needed. I dislike double-standards, stereo-types, and labelling. Funny thing is, I live in a world filled with them. So, dear world, listen to me for a minute: When you treat one woman one way, and another differently, solely based on their looks, don’t act surprised when confronted about it. When you see a woman wearing hijab as a customer in your store, don’t glaze over her and move on to the next person.

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