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But I Don’t Want Forgiveness

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But I Don’t Want Forgiveness

Some years ago, I was sitting with a friend of mine and she started telling me about her struggles with hijab after becoming Muslim. She had grown up Christian and accepted Islam while she was in college. “For me, hijab was the hardest thing,” she said. “I just didn’t want to wear it. So I made every excuse I could. ‘It’s too hot.’ ‘I can’t breathe’.” She shook her head, remembering. “But the funny thing is, I didn’t realize I didn’t want to cover.”

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The Likeness of Ramadan and Prophet Yusuf

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The Likeness of Ramadan and Prophet Yusuf

Another nice point to think about is that Yusuf’s brothers came to rely on him to fix their mistakes after all those they had made. So, he met them with kindness and helped them out, and he fed them while they were hungry and allowed them to return, and he told his servants: “Carry their belongings with you so that they don’t lose them.” So, one person filled the gaps of eleven others, and the month of Ramadan is likewise one month that fills the gaps of our actions over the other eleven months. Imagine the gaps and shortcoming and deficiency we have in obeying Allah!

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Color Your Life

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Color Your Life

The words sibgha indicates color, and in particular, dye. A dye is a color that is not the original color of something. Primarily it refers to a color that is colored onto something, thus it’s used for an attribute that has been adopted. The use of this word in the ayah holds very powerful connotations. Sibghah in this ayah refers to the religion of Allah. When we adopt a religion, it is reflected in our lives, just as if there is a dye on our clothes – the color is visible, people see it. Thus, when we adopt the religion of Allah, it should be expressed through our speech, our lifestyle, our dress, and everything we say or do.

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Imagine the Reward

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Imagine the Reward

A businessman who’s given a choice between two types of equally-selling merchandise, one that brings in a ten dollar return and one that brings in a hundred dollar return, won’t think twice about picking the latter. And if he’s given a choice between merchandise that brings in a hundred dollars and merchandise that brings in a thousand dollars, he won’t even blink before picking the thousand dollar profit. The more profitable the return, the more eager he will be to take it. Shouldn’t the same apply to us as believers in Ramadan?

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Slice of a Heart

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Slice of a Heart

As I travel down my Ramadan memory lanes, I think of myself before and after the last Ramadan, and I realize something happened to me, something changed. Unfortunately, I can’t say I’ve reflected back on all the Ramadans I’ve lived through with consistency; but now that I am, I feel utterly grateful that Allah has not taken me back to Him yet.

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