Du’a, Need and Gratitude

bluebellsWe are always in need of something or other – this is the nature of human beings, of all of creation in fact. There is only One who is self-sufficient, and that is Allah, Al-Ghani.

Allah has placed within us an unceasing dependency, in order to maintain a constant connection between us and our Lord. Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why We Are Tested

Why are we tested? 

waveThis is a very common question from Muslims, people of other faiths, or no faith – so it’s important to reflect on it. Lack of answers can sometimes distance people from their faith – if a person doesn’t understand why trials happen they can start to feel life is unfair or even that God is being unfair. But Allah is Al-Adl, The Just, and He is Al-Rahman, The Most Merciful; He never wants ill for His servants, He only wants the best for us. There is a lot of evidence in the Qur’an and hadith that helps us answer this question of why we are tested. Continue reading

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Rajab, Spring and A Fresh Start

By Muneerah Razak

“We are living in a miracle. We inherited this world without knowing how miraculous this world is.” A wise lady said this to us today and I can’t stop thinking about it because its true – we have so many lessons to learn from this world that Allah created. Continue reading

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On Closed Doors and Detours: Learning from Prophet Yusuf (as)

road blockHAVE YOU EVER been in a situation when something that you planned for goes pear-shaped, and you end up with what seems like the exact opposite of what you sought? Maybe you spent weeks revising for that one exam – you had the ideal timetable, all your notes were in order and you were working hard every day…only for the exam to be a disaster.

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 The Meaning of Success

 By Lina Rauf

In a world where everyone is chasing after success, what does success mean to you?

The idea of success: expectations from others  

image1Success and competition is something we are taught from a very young age. Who drew the best drawing in the class? Who has the best toy? Who is the smartest etc. As you get older the things you compete in change: when you are younger it may be toys, when you’re older its clothes, then its cars, jobs, houses, the area you live in etc. – dunya is endless competition.

But the question is, is this true success? Continue reading

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Charity is more than just giving money

charityTHERE ARE so many mentions in the Qur’an and in hadith on the importance of giving charity and helping others. But when you’re still a student, it seems difficult to do these great deeds since your resources are very limited. You don’t have money, and you’re still in the processes of gaining skills and qualifications.

Or you may feel you don’t yet have the authority or confidence to volunteer in the community.  All this can be frustrating when you know how rewarding it is to give in charity.  It can feel as though an important door of good deeds is closed to you.

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On understanding what is meant for you, and dealing with that which is not

By Khadeeja Khalid

“If Allah knows [any] good in your hearts, He will give you [something] better than what was taken from you, and He will forgive you. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surah Al-Anfal verse 70)

16300319_10154200856785308_2287444399809765759_oBeing a (young) person at a weirdly precarious stage of life makes you optimistic and hopeful that you’ll attain certain things, like an internship, getting that job or into that university programme, or being with that specific person.

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