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 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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Ramadan Musings: Day 2

  Anger is a fire kindled, he who restrains anger extinguishes the fire; he who gives vent to it is the first to be consumed by it. Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (R.A.) Today marks the second day of Ramadan (unless of course you count Saturday as the start of Ramadan, then it would be […]

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Bismillah

The Merciful shows mercy to those merciful. Have mercy to those on earth, and the One above the heavens will have mercy upon you. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) On nights like tonight, I am especially in awe of God. In Islam, one usually commences all things with the basmala phrase: Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim. […]

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Victimless Crimes

The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice. – Quintilian I have spent a great deal of time recently reflecting on my sins. As an inquisitive thinker, and a rational mind – it has always been important to […]

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