New Muslims tend to marry quickly after taking their shahadah. They think that their spouse can help them grow and learn the deen better. This is not always the case. Marriage in the first years is difficult, regardless if religion is a factor or not.
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We live in our little bubble of working to live and living to work, that we lose the opportunity to achieve tranquillity and experience the other creations of Allah in a positive manner. How can we change the way we look at the outdoors? Should we be thinking in a certain way?
A Ramadan done right should change you. It should rewire parts of you to make a better, more giving, more patient you. And even if you do slip back into bad behaviors post-Ramadan, if you had truly changed during Ramadan, that slip will be much more gradual.
What is your contribution? You have the Quran saying “Read in the name of your Lord,” you have to read and read many books, but we are not doing that. So we want superficial commitment to our religion. This is heavy.
Calm down. It's a very big matter. Calm down and then see what they are saying. If they show a speck of remorse, you need to extend your hand, the hand of mercy. Yes, if there's no remorse whatsoever, you might want to deal with it differently...
Mindfulness is thinking about the one with whom we are in a relationship. It is thinking about and doing all that would bring you closer and avoiding the things that what would pull you apart. In our relationship with Allah (SWT), mindfulness is called taqwa...
Ramadan is like a University. It teaches us things that we learn for life, and are meant to use them for the rest of our life. So, before we completely forget Ramadan, let us remind ourselves of some of the lessons that Ramadan taught us...
The Islamic way of approaching marriage is so amazing as it makes you think rationally and not emotionally about who you choose to marry, due to the limited contact you have with them. It’s sets itself in between the dating path or arranged marriage paradigm that are both flawed.
Our return to the habit of fasting right after Ramadan is a sign of acceptance of our Ramadan fasts. When Allah accepts our worship, He blesses us to engage in further acts of piety. The saying goes: The reward of virtue is further virtue...
If humor is done well, and done to please Allah, it can actually be an act of worship for which we are rewarded by Allah, and helps fill up our book of good deeds on the day of judgment! Here are three scenarios where humor can actually be a great thing in creating a lasting legacy!
As a new Muslim and growing up with strong family bonds around holidays I wanted to keep some of my own traditions during Muslim celebrations, so I could enjoy and share my own special family food and activities. I started out researching my family’s holiday traditions and looking at the un-Islamic aspects in them.
Eid is the acid test to Ramadan. Whatever happens on Eid, how one behaves, how one arranges his thoughts, is a reflection on how Ramadan had unfolded for him or her. The ripple effect of good deeds vs. bad ones is also a telling sign as to how Ramadan has changed a person.