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.

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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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Softening the hard heart

bbck2mountainLooking back, you may reflect that there were periods in your life when you felt close to Allah: you were remembering Him often, you were keeping up with your prayers and keeping company with others who encouraged your faith.  But then there may be periods when a person feels distant from Allah…

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In the remembrance of God do hearts find peace

nightsky‘DHIKR’ means the remembrance of God, and is an act of worship (‘Ibadah). Allah has prescribed this act of ‘Ibadah just as He has prescribed salah and fasting. We can see this from the command in the following verse: “O you who believe! Remember God with much remembrance.” (37:75).

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Greetings of peace: The meaning and value of ‘Salam’


By Muneerah Razak

IMG_3027 (1).JPGWHENEVER we see a fellow Muslim, whether we know her or not, we automatically say “Assalamualaikum”. It’s a simple but profound greeting of Peace that defines a Muslim, but is often not given much attention. In fact, sometimes, we substitute this beautiful greeting with other forms – ‘hey’, ‘hello’, ‘hi’…but when we explore the richness of the greeting of salam, we realise we are really missing out if we don’t use it.

What does it mean?

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As-Sami’ and Al-Basir: Turn to the One that Hears and Sees All

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Meaning of As-Sami 

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The All-Hearing, The Ever-Listening. The One whose hearing and attention comprehends everything. The One who pays attention to every supplication and invocation.

The One who listens to every voice. The One who hears and accepts every word, thought and secret. The One who listens to everything, perfectly, eternally, without limitations. From the root seen – meem – ‘ayn, which has the following classical Arabic connotations:

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