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Hajj at Home: Kindling the Spirit of Arafah

Even if we are not on Hajj this year, our situation is no different. We navigate through the complexities of our daily life, immersed in the never-ending responsibilities of work and family, inundated with the intrusions of technology and social media into every minute of our lives, moving from place to place and idea to idea.

11 March 2019

Goodnight Tales for Little Muslims: Chester and the Stomper

Goodnight Tales for Little Muslims is a collection of ridiculously interesting and thankfully short bedtime stories with spirit, soul and Islamic lessons for little ones.

22 February 2019

Spiritual Commentary on the Burdah: Part 6 - Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui

The aspirant realizes that he cannot tame his nafs by himself. We must tame the horse of our nafs/self by holding onto its reins.

14 February 2019

My Spiritual Visit to Ahl al-Bayt in Morocco

To embody our tradition we need to connect to those before us who transmitted and embodied the sacred law and spiritual refinement.

21 January 2019

Goodnight Tales for Little Muslims: Ibrahim's Secret

Goodnight Tales for Little Muslims is a collection of ridiculously interesting & thankfully short bedtime stories with spirit, soul and Islamic lessons for little ones.

14 January 2019

Keeping Our Intentions Clean in Turbulent Times

Our prayers and donations should be done for the pleasure of Allah, seeking nearness to Him. Worldly recognition should never be the primary motive.

11 November 2018

The Most Famous Poem Ever Written: Examining the Burda of Imam al-Busiri

The Burdah of al-Busiri is from among the most famous poems composed in honor of the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ. In this introduction to a new series of commentaries on the Burda, Iyad Ammar sheds light on the life of Imam al-Busiri.

5 November 2018

The One With Two Coarse Cloths – The Martyr of Tabuk

It is not only the famous Companions who are gifted an elevated status. There were many hidden ones, some whose stories have come to us, and some, undoubtedly, whom we will never know. And, to this day there are people amongst us who are beloved to God but who live in obscurity.

10 October 2018

How Self-Reliance Fosters Spiritual Contentment

When we become more self-sufficient and rely solely on God, the natural consequences are that we free ourselves from needing other people, which means we have less expectations of them and thus suffer fewer disappointments.

20 September 2018

Ashura: A Parable for Islamic Activists

Ashura is the date of two important events in Islamic history: the freeing of the Bani Israel from the oppression of the Pharaoh, and the martyrdom of Imam Hussain. Both of these stories give Muslims lessons in how to fight oppression, while simultaneously basing our activism against oppression on an Islamic epistemic.

19 September 2018

Two Lessons from the Catastrophe at Karbala

In addition to learning about the merits of al-Husayn, it would benefit us more to learn lessons from his martyrdom in hopes that Allah may grant us greater spiritual insight and moral clarity.

16 September 2018

Al-Hasan: The Lasting Honor of the Family of Muhammad

God’s Messenger (God bless him and give him peace) said: ‘O God, I love him and I love anyone who loves him three times!’”

5 September 2018

The Road Less Traveled (Or, Why You Really Should Take That Trip)

Travel expands our minds, our experiences, our connections, and can be spiritually transformative and inspiring. The Qur'an encourages us to travel and reflect deeply on creation, and to ponder on the fate of those who came before us.