Even though this act of worship is performed just once a year, zakah is still a kind of strong and potent spiritual “tonic” that gives a Muslim a special kind of “high” as soon as they give some of their money to another Muslim brother or sister. No other kind of spending can beat the feeling that they experience after they have paid their zakah!
As Muslims we have a number of incredible opportunities to take on a number of the incredible challenges… so I’d like to talk to you about 3 or 4 things which we can think about: Each and every one of us has a responsibility to have a relationship with Allah. Nobody can do that for you...
We can begin to protect our identity by understanding it. By understanding that our purpose will always be our purpose whether we accept it or not. The path to Allah will always be the path to Allah, whether we choose to take it or not.
I’m a soul, a mind, a servant of God. My worth is defined by the beauty of my soul, my heart, my moral character. So I won’t worship your beauty standards, and I don’t submit to your fashion sense. My submission is to something higher.
A while back, a couple of girls in Montreal were kicked out of school for dressing like I do. It seems strange that a little piece of cloth would make for such controversy. Perhaps the fear is that I am harboring an Uzi underneath it!
If we need to use a special term at all, why not talk about “New Muslims?” My own preference is to talk about those who have embraced Islam. It might take a couple of seconds longer to say, but it is a much friendlier term and it certainly shows that these brothers and sisters are welcome.
We all want it from others, and yet we are stingy in giving it. We want others to understand us, relate to our opinions and feel our pain. We want others to listen to us and relate with us. We want others to put themselves in our shoes and view the world from our perspective...
We all have the desire to express ourselves. But when you want to be empathetic towards someone, suppress your desire for a bit and encourage the other person to talk. Sprinkle the conversation with sympathetic expressions (hmm, “I understand,” “I see,”...
Our days that were once spent killing time, may begin to be filled with purpose and richness previously unknown. While we grow internally, our interaction with the world must also evolve. This requires us to find the right balance between what is going on within us, and how we manage our external lives.
Unfortunately, racism is not only a problem amongst non-Muslim Americans but the American Muslim Community has its share of it too. This goes back to cultural heritages and pre-Islamic traits that have nothing to do with Islam, however some Muslims have been unable to cleanse their hearts from this ignorance.
Link you new habit to cue that remind you to take action. For example, the trigger could be Fajr prayer… so that every Fajr you will know that you need to read Quran. Or the trigger could be something in your environment such as leaving the Quran by your bedside table.
Being highly motivated is one of the favors that Allah Almighty bestows upon whomever He wills. Being the Ever-Wise, He has created people in varying physical and mental capabilities. However, He has made strength of mind attainable through adopting certain actions and means.