Posts Tagged "With the Divine"

Salah: Life’s Forgotten Purpose

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Featured, Prayer, Prophet Muhammad, With the Divine | 32 comments

Salah: Life’s Forgotten Purpose

Man has taken many journeys throughout time. But there is one journey that nobody has ever taken. Nobody—except one. On a vehicle no man has ever ridden, through a path no soul has ever seen. To a place no creation has ever before set foot. It was the journey of one man to meet the Divine. It was the journey of Muhammad ﷺ, prophet of God, to the highest heaven. It was al Israa wal Miraaj (the magnificent journey). On that journey Allah took his beloved prophet ﷺ to the seventh heaven—a place not even angel Gibreel could enter. In the Prophet’s mission on earth, every instruction,...

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Just My Thoughts

Posted by on Feb 1, 2010 in Journal, Overcoming Hardships, Personal Development, Reflections, Spiritual Purification, With the Divine | 7 comments

There’s a strange sadness today. It’s not the kind that leaves you empty or lonely, or even wanting. It’s the still kind. The kind that comes from a certain level of understanding, even acceptance. I looked at this photo today, and every time I did, I found tears fill my eyes. It was a sunset on the beach. Stunning. And above it the ayah: Rabanna ma khalaqta hatha batilan subhanak (our Lord you have not created all of this for nothing, subhanak.) And that’s just it. All of this. The sadness, the accidents, the smiles, the peace, the pain, the love, the loss, and the sacrifice: it’s...

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Salah and the Worst Kind of Theft

Posted by on Jan 3, 2010 in Personal Development, Prayer, With the Divine | 8 comments

The only sad part of finding the straight path is when you lose it. There are many ways to fall, but no fall is more tragic than a fall in one’s deen. Sometimes it’s a sister who decided to take off her hijab and live a different type of life, other times it’s a brother who was once active in the community, but got caught up with the wrong crowd. But, with each story, somehow, somewhere along the line, our brothers and sisters fell so far. Sadly, these stories are not uncommon. Sometimes we can’t help but look at them and wonder: How? Why? We wonder how someone who was so straight...

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Tawakkul, Hope, and Striving: Three Pieces of a Whole

Posted by on Nov 15, 2009 in Personal Development, Relationships | 5 comments

Part I | Part II At first she was terrified.  She called out to her husband who now turned to leave. “Will you leave us here to die?”  There was no reply.  She called after him again.  Still there was no reply.  Suddenly she called out again: “Were you commanded by your Lord to bring us here?” “Yes,” replied the Prophet Ibraheem. It was then that Hajar’s fear disappeared.  Although she suddenly found herself alone in the middle of a desert, with her newborn child and no sign of water, she knew with full certainty that Allah would never leave her side.  Her faith was...

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Is This Love I’m Feeling?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2009 in Featured, Relationships | 35 comments

“Love is a serious mental disease.” At least that’s how Plato put it. And while anyone who’s ever been ‘in love’ might see some truth to this statement, there is a critical mistake made here. Love is not a mental disease. Desire is. If being ‘in love’ means our lives are in pieces and we are completely broken, miserable, utterly consumed, hardly able to function, and willing to sacrifice everything, chances are it’s not love. Despite what we are taught in popular culture, true love is not supposed to make us like drug addicts. And so, contrary to what we’ve grown up...

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