Lifestyle & Culture

New year’s resolution anybody?

So 2012 is nearly upon us and if the world doesn’t end as the Mayans predicted, it is worthwhile thinking about a goal that we would like to achieve in the coming year. Yes, a ‘new year’s resolution’. The term is a dreaded one for many – as one facebook …

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The Challenge Against Indifference

Among the greatest blessings bestowed to humanity are the related gifts of reason and freewill. Through these faculties, human beings are able to determine their choices, chart their destinies, transcend the narrow limitations of the ‘present’ and envisage a more perfect ‘future’. In their absence, terms like social justice and …

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A Muslim’s Response to Amy Chua’s Parenting Advice

Written by Shaista Yusufali When Amy Chua’s now infamous article entitled “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” appeared in the Wall Street Journal, it created a furor of discussion and criticism. Though born in America, she considers herself to be a typical “Chinese mother”, and puts forth the thesis that children …

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Humility When Speaking

One of the most important discussions in the science of Akhlaq relates to the method of speaking with people and the way that one interacts with individuals of various classes and strata, and in addition, observing the principles and manners of etiquette related to other people. There are even some …

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Hijabi? Putting Pictures on Facebook?

Ever seen a Hijabi posting her most beautiful pictures on Facebook? I have. And it’s completely beyond my understanding. Before everyone concludes I’m an extremist of some sort, I’ll admit that I’m on Facebook too, and at some point, I have also posted my pictures up. But that’s when I …

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An Aged Student

Sikaki was a skilled artist and artisan. With great expertise and interest, he made such a nice and beautiful inkpot that it could be presented to the king. He expected that, appreciating his artistic skill, the king would encourage him as far as possible. So, with countless hopes and thousands …

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The Beggar and the Laborer

I came across a poem the other and it really struck me. I pondered over it for some while and marveled at how precisely it depicted a small aspect of our world – a small but significant aspect. It’s far beyond me to try and translate the poem into English, …

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Gender Apartheid or Respectable Interaction?

Muslim “progressives” suggest that the separation between men and women in mosques was established much later in Muslim history than during the days of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny). They have also tried to link that with the Wahhabi influence on the Muslim world. Those views …

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The Habit of Reading Among Children

Books are one of the best tools for training and upbringing. A good book always has a salutary effect on the mind of a reader. It will elevate spirit and thoughts, and it will augment the reader’s store of knowledge. Books help in correcting moral ineptitude. Particularly in these days …

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The Role of Justice in Society

A study of the history of revolutions shows important factors worthy of reflecting upon, on which the basis of uprisings and revolutions around the world and between various nations were built. That factor is no other than justice. Many times this word awakened the souls of those whose lives were …

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Controversies vs Arguments

Debates, disagreements, controversies, split views – no society is devoid of these phenomena. When controversies sprout in a society they can impact it in two major extreme ways: either push the society towards progression and advancement, or regress the society to make it fall lower than its previous state. The …

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Man of Our Age

The material civilization of today has solved many problems of human life, and has given man dazzling power to control nature. But at the same time it has so much eulogized and puffed the philosophy of having more and more, that it has made the man of our age a …

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What does Jahiliyah mean?

Islam calls the pagan life of Arabs `Jahiliyah’ (ignorance). This label specifically identified the lifestyle to be found in the land of the Arabs before the Islamic Mission began. It included the beliefs and customs of the pagan Arabs who lived in a most decadent and perverse manner. This stage …

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Brotherhood according to Islam

The meaning of brotherhood is that a Muslim must not consider another Muslim an alien or not belonging to his ‘own’. It should be like when a blood related brother comes to him. How he regards him as one of his own. Likewise when a Muslim reaches or approaches another …

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The Mahdi and the Ideal society

To hope for the appearance and revolution of the Mahdi is an inspiring Islamic social idea. Besides being a repose of trust in the future, it is an appropriate mirror in which the nature of the Islamic aspirations of mankind can be seen. This prophecy comprise many elements, some of …

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A Warning against Corrupt Company

Islam wishes to develop a capacity for discernment and bring about an inner discipline in the human mind by making people reflect on the significance of social intercourse and selection of one’s companions. It desires to habituate people to observance of discipline in their activities and decisions. Besides, in this …

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