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Sacred Tranquility in Our Age of Distress & Anxiety

The 6 Ayaat for Anxiety and Stress The main thrust of this piece is a short discussion from Ibn al-Qayyim concerning how his shaykh, Ibn Taymiyyah, would recite the six “Verses of Tranquility” in the Qur’an whenever he would feel under pressure or find himself in straightened circumstances. Ibn al-Qayyim …

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What to do at the time of Adversity

  By Shaykhul-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullah Allāh Subhanahu wa Ta’ala has granted His servants such tools through which they can alleviate any problem, big or small: Tawbah & Istighfār (Repentance & Seeking Forgiveness) – Sincerely asking Allāh Subhanahu wa Ta’alafor forgiveness of sins will not only erase the sins from …

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Are you a consumerist slave?

Consumerism is making our society a slave to the dollar. We are spending too much money on things we do not need. We are spending more money than we can afford. And we are spending our hard earned money for a lifestyle we cannot keep up with. This is the …

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Depression

By Shaykh Ash-Shuraym . If one takes a just and unbiased look at the current condition of mankind in general and the Muslims in particular, in an era where technology is at its most advanced and civilization is at its most developed in economic, medical, military and informational terms, they …

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12 Principles of Happiness

1. Live within the parameters of your day. Tomorrow is yet to be born. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said: “In the morning, do not expect to live until the evening, and in the evening, do not expect to live until the morning.” (Bukhari)   2. If your heart is struggling to rest, …

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Goodbye to Depression

Every second person complains of stress, anxiety and depression. There are three main causes for this:  1. We have shifted our focus from Allah Ta`ala towards our abilities and resources, and towards people around us. Thus, when everything around us fails us, we lose hope in life and sink into …

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Smile

Laughing moderately can act as a cure or as therapy for depression and sadness. It has a strong influence on keeping the soul light and the heart clear. Abu Darda’ (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “I make it a practice to laugh in order to give rest and …

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The World Within

  In nearly every culture, people use metaphors that directly or indirectly allude the heart. We call people ‘hard hearted’ because they show no mercy. Likewise people are said to have ‘cold hearts’ or ‘warm hearts’. When someone’s words penetrate our soul and affect us profoundly, we say that person …

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The Other Doors

Our 4 year old son has some fairly serious health problems, so we are “frequent fliers” at the local children’s hospital. Two weeks ago, our son was there for several days having surgery. As stressful as that was for us, my visits to that hospital almost always leave me feeling …

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The Coffee Cup

  FAILING senior year, a best friend moving a continent away, a fight with your mom, death in the family, that horrible accounts teacher. What do all these have in common? Tests. Tests from Allah, set upon us. To evaluate us, to help us progress, to help us grow. To …

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