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“Game Over”

Playing is a natural activity for a child and is even important for the correct, healthy development of a child. For a child, playing is not merely a pastime. Rather, it is a developmental and educational process through which the child learns many basic principles such as cause and effect, …

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The Illusion of Perfection

  A well – known actress confirms:   “So, for every teen girl leaning into her bedroom mirror, wondering why she doesn’t look like a celebrity: Please know that nobody wakes up like this. Not me. Not any other actress.   Here’s the real deal: Before each public appearance, I …

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Social Media and the Cyber Youth Crisis Part 2

Social Media and the Cyber Youth Crisis Part 1 Personal data Nothing on the internet is for free. Accessing websites using an internet browser will often lead to a cookie (small piece of data sent from the website to the user’s computer via the browser) being stored on the user’s …

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Social Media and the Cyber Youth Crisis Part 1

    It is hardly surprising that the iconic founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, along with a number of other tech CEOs and venture capitalists would strictly control their children’s screen time.The prefrontal cortex of the teenage brain, that regulates behaviour and evaluates the consequences of actions, continues to develop …

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Women Deserve Better

  From the beginning, we tell young girls they can do anything they want to do, they can be anyone they want to be. They are given access to great education, encouraged to further their studies and attain higher degrees. We push them to push themselves, to break boundaries, to …

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Valentine Day, Birthdays, and Other Daze

What commercial and cultural propaganda presents as beautiful is rooted in ugly paganism but most blind followers do not know.   By Khalid Baig Courtesy: Al Balagh – www.albalagh.net   There is a group of practices that we can consider as the twin sister of bid’ah. Like bid’ah they flourish …

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My Kind, Cruel Mother

Every cook, from a celebrity chef to a humble homemaker, relies on a few essential ingredients. Safely nestled within their ‘masala dubbah’ (spice box) are powders and pods which though small in quantity, are potent in taste. It is on the foundation of these vital ingredients that the cook exercises her …

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Tarbiyah (Upbringing) vs Ta’leem (Education)

    Sheikh Salman was asked, “How do you get your kids to love the Salaah?”   The first thing he said was, “Have them love you.”   Learn this life lesson: tarbiyah is founded upon relationship.   Tarbiyah is the raising up and education of a child such that …

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Just one “A”!

By Abdur Rahmaan Umar   It had been a long two weeks thought Taheera as she stole a moment to gulp down her now lukewarm tea. Yes, it had been two long weeks of covering books, sharpening pencils and struggling to make up sets of pencil colours from leftovers of …

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