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5 Ways to Pray When You’re Too Stressed to Know How

5 Ways to Pray When You’re Too Stressed to Know How

I didn’t know that I was hiding. I’ve always been good at praying. Or so I thought. My daddy left when I was seven. I’ve always looked to God as my Father, my provider. I didn’t realize that God wanted to be more than just my provider. God longed to be my soul’s confidante — deep where I feel […]

Lay Aside The Weight Of Self-Pity

Lay Aside The Weight Of Self-Pity

I love Jonah not just because of the whole fish episode, but because Jonah is a self-pitying sulker. I don’t endorse his self-pity, but I do identify with it since I’m given to similar kinds of sulking. And I’m thankful that in the Bible God shows the warts of his servants, because I have many […]

Three Questions for Bible Journaling

Three Questions for Bible Journaling

I gave the eulogy of a 95-year-old woman in our congregation. Moments before I spoke, the funeral director said of her, “Her Bible was well thumbed-through.” She was known as someone who loved to serve with her hands by providing meals for the sick and needy, but even more so as a woman who loved […]

The Boy Who Used To Delay His Prayers

The Boy Who Used To Delay His Prayers

He remembered his grandmother’s warning about praying on time: “My son, you shouldn’t leave prayer to this late time.” His grandmother’s age was 70 but whenever she heard the Adhan, she got up like an arrow and performed Salah/Namaz/prayer. He, however could never win over his ego to get up and pray. Whatever he did, […]

Arctic Ramadan: Fasting In Land Of Midnight Sun Comes With A Challenge

Arctic Ramadan: Fasting In Land Of Midnight Sun Comes With A Challenge

In Canada’s Arctic, summers are marked by a bright light that bathes the treeless tundra for more than 20 hours a day. For some, it’s a welcome change from the unrelenting darkness of winter. But for the small but growing Muslim community of Iqaluit, Nunavut, life in the land of the midnight sun poses a […]

Hijab – Unveiling the Mystery

Hijab – Unveiling the Mystery

American Muslim women today are rediscovering the pristine Islam as revealed by Allah, (God), to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh1), more than 1,400 years ago, but without any of the contradictions of ancestral culture. Consequently they are essentially engaging in a life-long exercise of rediscovering their own selves, what it means to be a human, a […]

Aaisha’s Ramadaan Diaries, Day 24 – On Taraweeh and Mufti Menk

Aaisha’s Ramadaan Diaries, Day 24 – On Taraweeh and Mufti Menk

Day 24: Taraweeh at Bosmont Masjid with Mufti Menk On Tuesday, my friend Naadira invited a couple of friends and me to her house for iftar (the meal we have upon completion of the fast), and to visit Bosmont Masjid for Taraweeh (more on that below) after with Mufti Menk. She lives in Newclare, which […]

What Makes Ramadan A Blessed Month

What Makes Ramadan A Blessed Month

INTRODUCTION But what makes Ramadan a blessed month?  Why do Muslims fast during this month?  What are the spiritual benefits of fasting?  All these questions and more are addressed in this article that introduces you to a month long spiritual journey that over 1.4 billion Muslims engage in worldwide. The Quran says what means: “It […]

Last Sermon Of Holy Prophet Mohamad

Last Sermon Of Holy Prophet Mohamad

*This Sermon was delivered on the ninth day of DHUL-HIJJAH 10 AD in the Uranah Valley of  Mount Arrafat* *”O people, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether, after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and TAKE THESE […]

What Is Ramadan?

What Is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a time of fasting for the Islamic people. Each day during this month, Muslims all over the world abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, as well as participating in anything that is ill-natured or excessive; from dawn until the sun sets. Fasting is intended to […]