Fi Sabilillah

  Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden […]

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Ramadan Musings: Day 12

The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God! Fyodor Dostoyevsky I haven’t written in a couple of days due to sheer exhaustion. I’ve learned a hard lesson about the value of sleep this year as I’ve been having to wake up at 5:30am for work every morning. […]

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Ramadan Musings: Day 3

  “Be patient (in adversity); for, verily, God will not let the reward of the righteous be wasted.“ The Holy Quran, 11:115 My second fast was a challenging one. My work mostly comprises of manual labour, and this week in Montreal is going to feature the worst of the season’s weather: sticky, humid, and hot. […]

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My Jihad

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; […]

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Taqwa of Icarus

And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger and fears Allah and is conscious of Him – it is those who are the attainers. Surat An-Nur [24:52] I am going to commit a sin. I’m planning on it. I can see very clearly in my mind when its going to happen, with whom its going to […]

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My First Ramadan

Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire, and Allah has sent him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah ? Then will you not be reminded? Surat […]

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The Human Family

  True Islam taught me that it takes all of the religious, political, economic, psychological, and racial ingredients, or characteristics, to make the Human Family and the Human Society complete. Malcolm X There is an aspect of Islam that I have loved even in my most unfaithful days. I used to hate going to the […]

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