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Palestine: A Modern Day Karbala

We have heard it before, from one angle or another, why should Shia help the Palestinians? I don’t know. Why should any human help someone who has had their house stolen, their father killed, their brother tortured to death in prison, their sister humiliated and their mother punched and slapped …

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How to help the refugees

Recent days have shown an outpouring of humanity in Europe. Angela Merkel has announced that Germany will open its doors to more than half a million refugees and urged other states to follow suit; in Hungary, activists screened cartoons for children who have fled war and destruction; in Britain, thousands …

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Break your heart until it opens

A mother is holding her 3 month old baby above the water as she kicks her legs as hard as she can to stay afloat. Gasping for air, she is running out of energy as well as breath. Her hands begin to fall the weaker she grows until the frozen …

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Karbala’s Lesson of Hijab

After the tragedy of Karbala, Imam Zainul Abideen (peace be upon him) was often asked what the most difficult and painful experience of Karbala was. One would assume that after witnessing more than 70 friends and family members being martyred, his uncle Abbas’s both arms being severed, his father’s head …

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Let’s Not Appropriate Hijab

There is an emerging trend in the hijabi world that has me extremely concerned. I’m talking about women wearing hijab not primarily for spiritual reasons, but because they feel it is increasingly fashionable, a way to “stick it to the man”, or a means to show solidarity with minorities and …

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Studying in the Hawza – Realities and Challenges

*A write-up on a session regarding pursuing Hawza studies, with Ayatullah Mahmood Madani, one of the representatives of the Supreme Leader.” There exists not progression, but that it requires knowledge and recognition. In our daily lives, we are in desperate need of knowledge, and without learning, man cannot progress. Ahadith …

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Does boycotting Israel work?

Yesterday, I received a message from a religious, down to earth, Muslimah, who contested our ability to boycott Israel. She cited the notion that Israel controls a vast empire of companies and products; making it impossible to make sure our money does not reach Israel in some way. To further …

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Living as a Muslim with Disability

We live in a world in which people are increasingly facing various challenges, many of which affect their well-being and lifestyles. Unfortunately, Muslims with disabilities are sometimes faced with barriers within their own Muslim communities. Recently, the Muslim Social Research Network launched a global study to understand the needs of …

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My Hijab – Why do I wear it?

Hijab… A covering. A piece of cloth, a sense of protection.  But what does it mean to me personally? I’m 21 now, I’ve been a university student in  Cyprus, Malaysia and  now South Africa, I’ve been wearing the hijab ever since I reached Buloogh1. But now that I’m far away …

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The Method Not the Message

We often experience the challenge of communicating with other individuals in our lives, whether they are our coworker, family member, spouse, or our child. In some cases, we deliver an idea which is just informational, and it reaches the listener without problem. However, often times we stand in the position …

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Making weekend Islamic school learning meaningful

One of the questions I receive very often from teachers who work at weekend Arabic and Islamic schools is, “How can I get my students to take Saturday/Sunday school seriously?” This is a sentiment echoed by many parents also who engage in a battle of wills with their child who …

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The Tweeting Ayatullah

As any medical student will tell you, becoming a doctor is an incredibly tough process. Six years of medical school, years of being overworked as a junior doctor, sitting exams well your 40’s…the list of challenges goes on. Society rightly expects high standards from doctors: when it comes to protecting …

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There Is No Such Thing As Radical Islam

Last night I came across an extraordinary piece by Earl Cox in the Jerusalem Post: “Radical Islam is, in truth, the Normative Islam”. Mr Cox cites half a dozen instances of “Islamic terrorism”, including 9/11, the Boston Marathon killings and Woolwich, claiming “the Islamic definition of peace is to see the …

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