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Cures for the Weakness of Faith and Heart Part 2

Striving to do righteous deeds continuously Allah says in the Quran: “Race one with another in hastening towards Forgiveness from your Lord (Allah)…” [Surah al-Hadeed 57:21] Good deeds draw us closer to Allah, as He (SWT) says: “‘My slave keeps drawing nearer to me with nawafil (supererogatory) deeds until I …

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Mother’s In-Law – Family or Foe?

Marriage is the floral bloom when two people’s hearts fuse after the fragrance of love has been added. With this unification of two souls, there is an inheritance of in laws which on some occasions, results in friction that wilts the blossom. We often hear of problems that occur between …

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Cures for the Weakness of Faith and Heart Part 1

      Let us remind ourselves that weak faith overshadows the brightness of a heart as we learn from a hadith of the prophet (s): “There is no heart that is not covered by a cloud like the cloud covering the moon when it is shining, and so it …

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Dealing with Life’s Challenges and Difficulties Part 2

Getting yourself out of trouble Having accepted Allah’s decree, and after getting over any emotional challenges, the next step involves taking the right actions to get us out of our problems and difficulties. Actively engaging our God gifted faculties to pull us out of such situations is not as common …

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Dealing with Life’s Challenges and Difficulties Part 1

We all come across various difficulties in our lives. However, not all of us handle them as effectively as we should. As strategies for getting through life’s problems are rarely formally learned, we are constrained to use trial and error, sometimes leading to suboptimal results. Dealing effectively with our difficulties …

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The Necessity of Ikhlas (Sincerity) in Deeds

  . Ikhlas (sincerity) in our actions and statements is of utmost importance for the acceptance of our deeds. Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated that ‘Umar said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (s) say: “Verily, the reward of deeds depends upon the Niyyah (intentions) and every person will get the …

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Power of “Istighfar” (A moving story)

This story about “Istighfar” is from the life of Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal, who is considered as a renowned scholar of Islam and a famous theologian. Imam Ahmed is also considered to be the founder of the Hanbali school of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and is one of the most celebrated …

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Doing good to others gives comfort to the heart

The first person who benefits from an act of charity is the benefactor himself, by seeing changes in himself and in his manners, by finding peace, by watching a smile form on the lips of another person. If you find yourself to be in difficulty or distress, show kindness to …

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What a perfect match!

What a perfectly matched couple….This marriage was indeed prepared in Jannah(Heaven)….It’s like a page from a fairytale…These were just a few of the comments made after Yusuf and Fatima’s nikaah (wedding) ceremony. A few years later and two beautiful kids in their spacious home, “the sea was no longer so …

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Reflecting and acting on Sūrat al-Fātiḥah

Sayyidī al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Ḥafīz (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him) Source: www.muslimvillage.com Sayyidī al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Ḥafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him) asks us if we are truly acting upon what is contained in Sūrat al-Fātiḥah. This is an extract from a …

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