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Leaving Mecca

Leaving Mecca

We had to leave the Ka'bah. And it hurt. So much. But we never have to leave Allah. Unless we choose to. Unless WE choose to turn our backs on Him. But He is always there. It’s we who chose to turn away. And what happens when we do?

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Falling in Love with Islam

Falling in Love with Islam

For a minute I finally recognized myself and suddenly I could pinpoint that emptiness inside me. Then, I realized what I wanted to do. I wanted to become a Muslim! Just by saying it I scared myself and I had to blush. It was as if I was speaking of things that are forbidden...

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A Source of Healing

A Source of Healing

We read about the trials of those before us, how they remained steadfast and God was with them – how then can we give up? We read that whoever trusts in Him, then He will be sufficient for him, that He answers all dua’ (supplication) – how then can we despair?

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The Texan Who Found Allah

The Texan Who Found Allah

I went into a city of anarchy, death, and chaos. The echoes of its destruction I believe were a harbinger of the downfall of our civilization. But also the song of love amongst the believers is a new song of hope and revival. This love and sincerity I did not find in the richest and most powerful empire in the world.

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Blind Yet Seeing God’s Light

Blind Yet Seeing God’s Light

My reading material was very limited because I am a totally blind person and the material available about Islam in braille or on tape was not only very little, but also very general. I believe the reason was that the material that I had access to wasn't written by Muslims and it kind of painted a dark picture of Islam.

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Striving for God’s Guidance

Striving for God’s Guidance

So many people reach a level where they cease to improve. They think they have attained everything that it means to be guided. They turn from improving themselves to the preoccupation of judging others, heedless of their own shortcomings.

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Too Broken to Pray?

Too Broken to Pray?

Life can sometimes deal you crippling blows. There may be times when you’re simply too broken, weak, discouraged, and hopeless to stand, bow, and kneel in prayer. Knowing that you’re the source of your own problem doesn’t help either. Face it— you’re just too weak to get up and run that spiritual marathon.

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Finding Contentment

Finding Contentment

It’s a story I’ve heard often repeated among those who have visited third-world countries: finding people who are happy despite their dire circumstances. I guess it just goes to show, money and a life of privilege don’t equal happiness...

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