Advice

Carpe Noctem

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Carpe Noctem

We want to wear hijab, or pray more. We want to mend a broken heart or get into a certain school. We want guidance in our decision to wear the abayah or niqab. We want our kids to grow to be pious Muslims. We say we want Allah’s mercy and forgiveness. We say we want a lot of things, but that’s precisely the problem. Our words become a vacuum that leave nothing but tarnished dreams and unfulfilled actions in our midst. Shaykh Yasir Qadhi once said, “If you want something in your life and you aren’t praying tahajud for it then in reality you don’t really want it”. So, where are we in those crucial hours before dawn?

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I See, I Do

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I See, I Do

Childhood experiences often have a lasting impact on us, even if we don’t understand the significance of these events until we are much older. In some cases, our relished childhood can help us figure out the role we play in the community.

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Words of a Tarnished Violet

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Words of a Tarnished Violet

My grandfather (may Allah protect him) always told me that words should be handled with great care and that the gift of speech isn’t one to be taken for granted. His advice, always unadulterated and merciful, to me was, “Words, speech and a sound mind aren’t a right but a privilege, so guard them.”

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True Beauty

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True Beauty

Hair needs to be either dead straight or entwined in Goldilocks curls. Anything in between is a no-no. Waves signify complacency and let’s not even get started on the frizz.

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Taking Your Iman to New Heights

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Taking Your Iman to New Heights

Oftentimes, we delay a certain deed, such as wearing hijab, waiting for a time when our Iman is “higher” so that the deed will become either easier to do or more noble in nature. Should we really wait until we build our Iman higher so that hijab can become easier? Should we really work on what’s inside first? Isn’t what’s “inside” more important? Although our interior, our hearts and intentions, are vital, postponing doing a good deed until our Iman is higher is more of an excuse than a good idea. Why?

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