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Ramadan is a Gift

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Ramadan is a Gift

“Ramadan is a gift that many people will not take the time to unwrap. The secret to opening it is iman (faith) and ihtisaab (seeking reward from Allah). The Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam tells us, ‘Whoever fasts during Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven…’ [Bukhari and Muslim]. Fasting is the great gift of the One who needs nothing to the one who needs everything.” — Dr. Ovamir Anjum (paraphrased)

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Struggle Towards Light

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Struggle Towards Light

It was the year 2002, I was fourteen years old. After nearly eleven years in Europe, my family and I returned to our Muslim country – alhamdulilah. I wore t-shirts, tight jeans, hair hanging loose. I was athletic and played many sports. On the outside, I was a teenager; however, on the outside, I was merely a child. I studied in a mixed school, with Muslim boys and girls. I was the popular girl. Everyone knew me. To them, I was “cool.”

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Ramadan Mubarak, Everyone!

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Ramadan Mubarak, Everyone!

Wishing you and your families a Blessed Ramadan, on behalf of the IGIC staff. May Allah bless your time and actions during this month, and may your days and nights be filled with worship and nearness to your Lord. Ameen!

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Your Hand Will Be a Witness

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Your Hand Will Be a Witness

I’ve been wearing the “hijab” for a long time – for nearly seven years. And what I mean by “hijab” is wearing a khimar, a scarf on my head. Throughout elementary school and middle school, I never even thought about wearing full hijab. I always thought that girls who wore full hijab had a superiority complex about themselves… that just because they wore proper hijab, they assumed they were automatically better. Not to mention they judged girls who wore a khimar with skinny jeans, calling it “half-hijab.”

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If This Is Worship: Du’aa, Submission and Ramadan

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If This Is Worship: Du’aa, Submission and Ramadan

Ramadan is just around the corner, and our hearts eagerly await its return. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we parted from the beloved month in tears? Has a whole year already gone by? What do we have to show for the passing of a year, and how will we greet this Ramadan? What have we done to prepare for it?
Ramadan is about renewing our relationship with Allah – reading the Qur’an and interacting with it anew, letting Allah’s words pour over our hearts to transform us. Ramadan is about perfecting our prayers and increasing our nawaafil; it’s about seeking His forgiveness and pardon, and saving ourselves from the Hellfire. Ramadan is about fasting and taqwa…

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