Belief & Worship

This is Awakening

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in Belief & Worship, Featured, Personal Development, Spiritual Purification, Spirituality | 31 comments

This is Awakening

This is Awakening By: Yasmin Mogahed   It’s hard to describe the feeling. Imagine living your entire life in a cave and believing it was your whole world. Then suddenly you step outside. For the first time in your life, you see the sky.  You see the trees and the birds and the sun. For the first time in your life, you realize that the world you once knew was false. For the first time, you discover a Truer, more beautiful Reality. Imagine the high of that realization. For a moment, you feel you can do anything. Suddenly, nothing from your previous life in the cave matters. You become...

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Life, death, and our final meeting with our Lord

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Belief & Worship, Reflections, Spiritual Purification, Spirituality, With the Divine | 4 comments

Life, death, and our final meeting with our Lord September 30, 2008 was the last day of Ramadan. For Nora Risha, 18-year-old freshmen at Arizona State University, it was the last day on this earth. At approximately 10 o’clock in the evening on October 1, 2008, a drunk driver ran a light, slammed his Nissan into Nora’s van and threw her from the car.   It was the evening of Eid, and Nora spent her final moments in this world. It was the day of celebration, family, gifts; no one expected it would end in tragedy. How many of us woke up on Eid thinking we might never live to see the next...

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For the Love of the Gift

Posted by on Nov 13, 2011 in Before Marriage, Belief & Worship, Featured, Marriage & Family, Overcoming Hardships, Personal Development, Relationships, Spiritual Purification, Spirituality, Uncategorized, With the Divine | 40 comments

For the Love of the Gift

We all love gifts. We love the blessings that beautify our lives. We love our children, our spouses, our parents, our friends. We love our youth and we love our health. We love our homes, our cars, our money, our beauty. But what happens when a gift becomes more than just a gift? What happens when a want becomes a need, a favor becomes a dependency? What happens when a gift is no longer only that? What is a gift? A gift is something that did not come from us. A gift is given—and can be taken. We are not the original owners of a gift. A gift is also not necessary for our survival. It comes...

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Irvine 11: Waiting for Victory

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in Belief & Worship, Featured, International Affairs, Overcoming Hardships, Personal Development, Qur'an, Spirituality, With the Divine | 2 comments

Irvine 11: Waiting for Victory

We can hardly get them off our minds. The whole world is watching today. And everyone is wondering, ‘what will happen to the brave men who spoke truth to power in Irvine?’ What will go down in history about the students who gave a voice to the voiceless, and took a bullet in the process? They stood for justice. And God is always with those who stand for justice.   So now as the case winds down and we wait anxiously for the jury’s verdict, the question on many of our minds is “mata nasr Allah?” When…where is the help of God?  Will God give them victory? Will they win? Does...

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The Darkest Hour and the Coming of the Dawn

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 in Belief & Worship, Fasting & Ramadan, Featured, Spiritual Purification | 7 comments

The Darkest Hour and the Coming of the Dawn

According to a well-stated proverb, the darkest hour is just before the dawn.  And although astronomically the darkest point is much earlier, the truth of this proverb is metaphoric—but in no way less real. So often we find that the darkest times in our lives are followed by the most precious.  Often, it is at the moment when everything looks broken that something least expected lifts us and carries us through.  Did not Prophet Ayoub lose everything one by one, before it was all given back and more? Yes.  For Prophet Ayoub, the night was real.  And for many of us, it seems to last...

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The Dream of Life

Posted by on Nov 23, 2010 in Belief & Worship, Overcoming Hardships, Reflections, Spiritual Purification | 14 comments

It was only a dream.  For a moment, it overtakes me. Yet the suffering I feel in my nightmare is only an illusion. Temporary. Like the blink of an eye. But, why do I dream? Why do I have to feel that loss, fear, and sadness in my sleep? On a greater scale, it’s a question that has been asked throughout time. And for many people, the answer to that question has determined their path to—or away from—faith.  Faith in God, faith in life’s purpose, faith in a higher order or a final destination has often all rested upon how this singular question has been answered. And so, to ask this...

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