Posts Tagged ‘du’aa’

Delight of Gazing

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Delight of Gazing

— Want to know more about this beautiful du’aa? It’s narrated in Bukhari and Muslim, and you can learn more about it here: Ramadan Duaa Series: The Greatest Delight.

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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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I Smile for My Sister

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I Smile for My Sister

The swirls and patterns of my pale pink prayer mat are blurred through my tired tears. I blink and my clouded eyes water as tears tickle my flushed cheek. I bend down into sujood – I cry my heart out. Alhamdulillah. The wind is howling outside, but I feel the warmth of faith in my heart. I raise my hands for d’ua while I look to the bed on which my elder, nineteen-year-old sister is fast asleep. I look at her and I feel a purge of submission to my Lord. More tears stream out as I pray and plead for her to see the beauty of hijab, and for her to be guided along the right path. My salty tears are damp on my cheeks when I finally fall asleep; my lips moist with dhikr.

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With Hardship Comes Relief

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With Hardship Comes Relief

My “hijab story” is a time-line of hardship, pain and prayer. Alhamdulillah, all praise to Allah at all times. I’ve been blessed enough to go to Umrah three times. Alhamdulillah. There is no question that going to Mecca and seeing the Ka’ba is an emotional and breathtaking experience. Every time I returned from the Holy Land, I thought to myself, “That’s it! I’ll give the hijab a go now!” With the iman rush, I thought I’d keep the hijab on. Unfortunately, two different times the hijab didn’t last for more than two days after my return from Umrah…

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