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Hajj: Ritual and Spiritual

Hajj: Ritual and Spiritual

The practice of going back and forth as an effort made in the service of God continues, depicts the humility of Muslims just simply following the command and following the tradition. But the idols are no longer there, but we pray to God on these hillocks.

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Murad Hofmann’s Journey to Makkah

Murad Hofmann’s Journey to Makkah

Led by an imam from Rabat, we were holding our evening and night prayers together, our sore knees resting on just those tiny but sharp pieces of gravel, the size of chick peas, from which we were to pick up 49 pebbles in order to be appropriately supplied for the rites of stoning...

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Avoiding Arguments in Da’wah

Avoiding Arguments in Da’wah

When I was younger and much more naïve, I used to desire the world to become a place where all Muslims lived in an idyllic utopia; where everyone was righteous, got along well, never got angry or argued with another, and never harbored the slightest of ill will in their hearts...

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Build a Support Team

Build a Support Team

Instead of worrying about not knowing how to behave, use each invitation as an opportunity to learn. Occasionally you will come across Muslims that are so excited about your new found happiness that they want you to understand everything very quickly.

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The Cost of Arrogance

The Cost of Arrogance

If we are humble and honest with ourselves, we will see that many of the ways we judge others are a direct cause of the hardships we ourselves face. Absolutely none of us is immune to sin, and God has used our sin, time and time again, to remind us that we are not better than anyone else.

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Modesty, Swimming and the Burkini

Modesty, Swimming and the Burkini

I tested myself to see if I remembered different swimming styles. Once a swimmer, always a swimmer! It was an incredible afternoon, but one of the things I found so encouraging wearing my new burkini at the beach that day, was finding numerous other burkini wearers, too.

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