The value of our Mosques 

By Muneerah Razak

Snapseed“And [He revealed] that the mosques are for Allah, so do not invoke with Allah anyone.”(Surah Jinn, Ayat 18)

One of the first things that the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. did when he entered Madina was to build a mosque, the mosque of Quba.

The wisdom of our prophet is such that, in creating a cohesive and strong Muslim community – consisting of the Muhajirun (the believers who migrated from Makkah) and the Ansar (the believers in Medina), and in the future, non-Arabs such as Salman Al-Farsi – he chose to build the mosque before anything else. Continue reading

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3 Methods To Overcome Obstacles In Life

Sometimes, instead of deep discussions, we just need simple guidance – especially when we can’t think of any clear solutions.  There are three pieces of advice given in the Qur’an and the hadith on how to overcome obstacles and open doors in life – these methods are straightforward, fool-proof and give us that much needed clarity and direction. For the methods to work we just need to work on them consistently and with yaqeen (conviction). Continue reading

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My Problematic Relationship With Dairy and The Lessons It Has Taught Me About Shaitan’s Tools

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By Mahmoudat Sanni-oba

I am a self-confessed addict to food that is not good for me.  My first observation started with Haribos (Halal) and noticing the headaches that followed eating it.  A couple of isolated experiments later, the results were conclusive, eating Haribos was not a good idea. Although I struggled with letting it go, eventually it had to happen. The satisfaction from a bag of Haribos just wasn’t worth the headache. Continue reading

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Never belittle the small, unnoticed deeds

saplingONCE you leave full-time education, it’s easy to feel burdened by the weight of expectations – whether those expectations are placed upon you by others, or self-imposed.

Time and time again, young people who are smart, kind, well-rounded and hugely talented in so many different ways seem to be saddled with self-doubt and anxieties.

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The End of Ramadhan and Reflecting on Grenfell

old-rusty-lantern-book-set-41316903We are in the last ten nights of Ramadhan. These nights contain the blessed night known as Lailatul Qadr – The night of power.

We are expected to ‘search’ for the night as we don’t know exactly when it falls. In 5 short ayaat Allah explained the blessings and miracle of this night.

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Mid-Ramadhan: Time to Recharge

Full moonWe have reached the halfway-point of Ramadhan, a reminder of how quickly time passes. We have another 2 weeks to make the most of this blessed month, alhamdulillah we still have time.The Prophet (saw) said: “It is a month of blessing, in which Allah covers you with blessing, for He sends down Mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers.” (Tabarani).

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A Ramadan of meaningful moments

By Jinan Yousef qur'an

It can be easy to be taken in by the need to do so much this month – to focus on the quantity. Of course, that takes effort, and our efforts are rewarded by God.

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