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Celebrating the New Year

Celebrating the New Year: Allowed?

Wa`alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. In this fatwa: 1- It is difficult to categorize certain feasts like Thanksgiving and New Year as religious feasts. 2– Some scholars permit new converts to attend their families celebrations without participating in anything purely …

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What American Muslims Think of Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day be sure to pass the halal turkey and top the sweet potato casserole with pork-free marshmallows because Muslims from all across the 50 states will be sitting down to a meal on Thursday during this most American of holidays. “Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays,” said Shauna Merbouhi, who …

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New Muslim: May I Celebrate Thanksgiving With My Family?

Short Answer: Of course you can, and it’s good! Contrary to what some far-flung scholars who have little to no understanding of affairs in America say, Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday, but a cultural one, and one in which people in North America, from all faith backgrounds, participate. It’s about keeping family ties strong, enjoying delicious food …

The Power of the Thankful Heart

The Power of the Thankful Heart

What will people lose if they enjoy the Blessings of Allah with a thankful heart that acknowledges the Bestower and says to Him, “Thank You.” Or is this too difficult? Gratitude is more a feeling than mere movement of the lips, a feeling that was superbly translated into sincere actions

`Eid Al-Fitr: A Day of Joy and Thanksgiving

`Eid Al-Fitr: A Day of Joy and Thanksgiving

`Eid Al-Fitr is the day of thanksgiving and joy. It marks the end of the month of fasting, and it is when we feel happy and give thanks to Allah that He enabled us to obey His commands. We all fasted during the month of Ramadan, and by the end of the month, we realize …

My Purpose in Life as a New Muslim

My Purpose in Life as a New Muslim

It would take me years to find out what my purpose in life was. As a small child I can remember playing with my Barbie dolls while contemplating upon why I had lived. As the only member of my family to go to college, I remember sitting in philosophy class pondering upon why I had survived birth…

Can You Feel His Love?

Can You Feel His Love?

We have forgotten to find the blessings from the smallest things we have in life to the biggest. Only when we faced with adversity or we lost something, then, we realized that what we had was something precious and was really a blessing from Allah, that we were able to have it. Sounds familiar, right?

A Wonderful Dua To Thank Allah

We must thank Allah everyday and show Him that we are grateful. Here is a beautiful dua to thank Allah. It is repeated throughout and has English translation.

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What If My Family Serves Alcohol at Holiday Dinner?

Short Answer: Try asking the host not to serve alcohol, or to let you know before they do so you can leave beforehand. Suggest hosting Thanksgiving (or whatever family event) at your house. Above all else, be kind and gracious, and remember that just as alcohol is forbidden for a Muslim, so is being rude and …



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