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Human Violence: Understanding It. Ending It

Violence is the most pervasive and destructive human problem of them all. It has been present for as long as history records. We are mired in it, all over the world, every day of our lives. It now threatens to obliterate us from the historical record within decades, if not sooner. What is violence? Let me define this phenomenon more ...

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Zul Hijjah

Zul Hijjah is the last month of the Islamic calendar. Literally, it means “hajj.” Obviously, this name of the month indicates that the great annual worship of “hajj” is performed in this month, which gives it special significance. Some specific merits and rules relevant to this month are mentioned below: First Ten Days The first ten days of Zul Hijjah ...

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The smoke signal

The journey of life can be like a roller coaster. We often experience extreme conditions which create despondency and hopelessness. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: “Verily, if Allah loves a people, He makes them go through trials. Whoever is satisfied, for him is contentment, and whoever is angry upon him is wrath.” (Hadith-Tirmidhi) We ...

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Why Islam Series Part 2

As examples of its clarity and beauty, Islam features: • Clarity about the creation of the universe. • Clarity about our creation. • Clarity about our spirituality. • Clarity and purity in the concept of God. • Clarity in the concept of worship. • Clarity about the purpose of life. • Clarity about the next life. • Clarity about our last destination ...

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Why Islam Series Part 1

I would like to present just some examples of the real beauty and greatness of Islam.   •    It inspires us to have good intentions, positive attitudes, and kind feelings towards others. •    It teaches us to forgive, and love for others what we love for ourselves. •    It urges us to smile sincerely, and be kind ...

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Why Follow an Imaam?

Is it Necessary to Follow an Imaam? Can I not Refer Directly to the Hadeeth?   In this belated era, one often hears questions about the need to follow an imaam or a mazhab. The ear-catching slogan of “DIRECTLY” following the Quraan and hadith is heard more frequently.The answer to such questions and the reality behind these slogans is highlighted ...

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Two Jannats

In the time of ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), there lived a very pious youngster who would spend most of his time in the Musjid. ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was very fond of him. Every night after esha salaah he would go to visit his elderly father. There lived a woman on that road that was infatuated with him and would constantly try ...

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Comment on The truth about music by ayesha

I am pleased that this article has made it’s way onto your website. I have written this article. I gave up music myself in january 2010. My heart was occluded with that junk and i would wait for my next fix. i went into Hijab and then performed Haj. Alhamdulillah. During my Haj in 2010 I made dua to the ...

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Seeing the Stars at Noon

Nightmare in the Occupied Territories Although I have been living far from Palestine for a few years and I am now in my forties, I still have nightmares about the Israeli army invading my house when I was a child and about the first time I was tortured. This is the reality most Palestinian former prisoners live with for the ...

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That time of year….

For many when we hear the phrase “It’s that time of year again…” we think of year-end holidays and another year gone. For others it’s the dreaded time of exams. Again! A time of fear and anxiety, a time of wishing we had done more during the year, but there’s no getting away from it. It’s that time of year ...

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