Lifestyle & Culture

The Predicament of the ‘Spoiled Brat’

Nowadays, we notice an increase in the number of kids who have adopted a behavior which makes them earn the label “spoiled brat” or one who is treated by his parents with too much lenience and looseness that exceeds the acceptable boundaries of discipline.  There is no doubt that it …

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What Does Islam Say About Environmental Justice?

By John Green Green has been associated with Islam since the time of Prophet Muhammad himself, but in recent years the color has also come to symbolize the Muslim commitment to sustainability. Grounded in the nature of God and his relation to humanity, Islamic teaching on environmental justice calls on …

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Gratitude

By Sheikh Hamid Waqar A Muslim’s gratitude towards Allah is of such importance that he should strive night and day to be thankful of the Lord’s bounties. Being grateful is expressing one’s satisfaction of Allah’s blessings, either verbally or through action. There are many verses of the Quran and traditions …

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10 Ways to Avoid Marrying the Wrong Person

There is a right way and a wrong way to get to know someone for marriage.  The wrong way is to get caught up in the excitement and nuance of a budding relationship and in the process completely forget to ask the critical questions that help determine compatibility.  One of …

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Keys to Happiness: Contentment

Happiness is perhaps the most encompassing and common aim in our lives. We judge everything in our life in terms of how it relates to our happiness. We hear people say countless times: ‘do what makes you happy’, ‘we wish you a happy life’, ‘your happiness is most imporant’. What …

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A Mother, A Teacher of The Attributes

  The sense of responsibility has suddenly dawned on you. Allah (S.W.T) has chosen and blessed you with a beautiful, sinless pure soul that you will have to nurture and guide. Are you ready? Whether you are or not, you must focus on this great task. A mother is the …

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Resist Like Hussain

  I  finally get how “Everyday is Ashura and every land is Kerbala” after reading Naomi Klein’s international bestseller Shock Doctrine earlier this year. In this meticulously documented book, Klein laid out how extreme acts of violence perpetrated against populations around the world are not so random after all. She says they’re …

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Intolerance: The Enemy Within

  Racial, ethnic and ideological intolerances, as well as the often more destructive yet rarely highlighted frictions that arise from inter-state politics and rivalries have all featured in one way or another during our lifetimes—always with calamitous results. In recent times, western media outlets have zoomed in on Islamic radicalism …

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Stand Up and Speak Out

  Though she’s had her name smeared, her car egged and her phone pranked, a non-Muslim friend of mine continues her battle against Islamophobia, serving as an inspiration for Muslims who claim to be custodians of the truth but increasingly don’t dare speak out for fear of repercussions in a …

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Debunking Free Speech

  I experienced a blast from the past over the weekend when a guy I went to Sunday school with appeared as an Islam expert on a CNN newscast about the film maligning Prophet Muhammad (S). With so many people–from government officials to academicians to local imams–championing America’s freedom of …

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The Evils of Fornication

  The Arabic term zina means both fornication and adultery. There are many traditions which state that this is one of the greater sins; one of the sins in which the sinner will be eternally punished, unless he repents. Imams Jafar Sadiq (a), Musa Kazim (a), Ali Rida (a), and …

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It’s Good to Talk

Let’s talk about marriage… again! No, I promise, this time it is different. We have all read/heard various Islamic articles and lectures many times in our lives on this topic and should continue to do so, as it is always good to remind. We are also aware of the criterion of …

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Introducing Islam to Our Children

As the holy month of Ramadan is upon us again, we welcome it with anticipation and perhaps apprehension, as we wonder if we will succeed in fulfilling our duties. As parents, another thought may worry us: how can we relay the sanctity of these special months to our children? How …

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Islamic Advices on Sexual Relationships

Sexual intercourse and the sexual relationship with a legal spouse are governed by nature, and at the same time is a sunnah of the Prophets and the Ahlul Bayt (as). It has even been referred to as the most pleasurable thing in life. A group of companions and Shī‘as of …

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Instilling Modesty in Children

Children’s fashion is a billion dollar market with movie stars and other media figures endorsing the latest and hippest trends. Not only is there more emphasis on name brands when it comes to children’s clothing, but the standard of acceptable clothing and behavior has been lowered immensely. It is disheartening …

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Islam and Social Responsibility

Men of faith define the present times in precarious terms. Beneath the glamour of technological progress, any deeper assessment of the general human condition presents a far more sombre reality. ‘What is to blame for our current perils?’ one may ask. In essence, we are living the after-effects of the …

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