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WHAT WOULD I DO? Preparing for Eid-al-Adha

I was having a cup of coffee in the backyard watching my two eldest having a discussion. From where I sat, I could see they were having an arguing about something and trying to come to a resolution. The way they were maturely handling a disagreement filled my heart with pride. Right in front of ...

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TARAWEEH, MASJID, CHILDREN—A REAL DILEMMA

I know this is an emotional topic. Unfortunately, during Ramadan the masjid is often divided into two groups. Parents with young children, and people who frown on them. Both groups hold strong views and insist on their opinions. I acknowledge that this is a sensitive topic to many but let’s analyze it realistically, and in ...

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TRUST IN GOD CAN CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY

A letter to my daughter.   One true moment of trust in God can change the course of your life. Actually, it can change the course of history.   One of the best examples of trust in God is the story of Prophet Ibrahim (as). Look at his statement that is recorded in the Quran: ...

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SHAVING THE RELIGION – PART 3

When Allah SWT allows me to find out about a person’s sin, shortcoming, or mistake, He wants me to conceal it.   Prophet SAW said, “Whosoever covers (the sins of) a Muslim, Allah covers (his sins) on the Day of Judgment.” (Bukhari)   If you choose to expose the person, why? For whose benefit? Do ...

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SHAVING THE RELIGION – PART 2

We have no right of exposing anyone’s sins or faults. In fact, our religious responsibility is to cover these mistakes.   “Whosoever covers (the sins of) a Muslim, Allah covers (his sins) on the Day of Judgment.” (Bukhari)   If we expose a person’s hidden sins, we might open a door of tribulations for them, ...

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SOLAR & LUNAR ECLIPSES— THRILLING OR FRIGHTENING?

Eclipses are a great natural phenomenon, but they are not a normal phenomenon. There is a difference.   Waves of the ocean are a great natural phenomenon; so is the wind, the mountain, and our own bodies. They are a reminder of the magnificence of their Creator. But when the ocean’s waves turn into a ...

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IS YOUR LORD MERCIFUL OR HARSH?

*This story took place a few centuries ago in a small city where a pious man named Dawud At-Tai used to live.   A woman lost her husband who was the only breadwinner for the family. She had young children and no savings. She was overwhelmed by the situation but had no one to turn ...

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WHO RESTS IN YOUR HEART?

Hasan al-Basri said: “Two thoughts roam over the soul, one from Allah one from the enemy. Allah shows mercy on a servant who settles at the thought that comes from Him. He embraces the thought that comes from Allah, while he fights against the one from his enemy.   To illustrate the heart’s mutual attraction ...

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FROM HONEYMOON TO THE GRAVE

I received a message from a close friend informing me her sister-in-law passed away just now. I couldn’t register it. The only sister-in-law I knew of was a 20 something year old woman who had gotten married 2 weeks earlier, and was due to fly out to her honeymoon tomorrow.   It turned out to ...

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GEMS OF WISDOM

In the name of Allah, Most Beneficent & Merciful   Reported in the book of Imam Abu Hamid al Ghazali (IhyaUlum Ad Deen, vol I, book of knowledge, characteristics of scholars of hereafter) the conversation between Shaikh ShaqeeqBalkhi and his student HazratHatim:-   One day Shaqeeqbalkhi (Allah be pleased with him) asked his student Hatim ...

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SOLVING TODDLER SLEEP ISSUES WITH SLEEP EXPERT LISA SUNBURY

In this episode: Janet is joined by Lisa Sunbury to provide insight and answers to a mom who says she is spending hours every night trying to get her 21-month-old to sleep. Her daughter refuses to stay in her bed alone, and this mom is frustrated and sleep deprived.   Transcript of “Solving Toddler Sleep ...

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WHAT SCREEN TIME AND SCREEN MEDIA DO TO YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN AND SENSORY PROCESSING ABILITY

It’s a scene we’re sure you’ve witnessed again and again:   A family is sitting in a restaurant having dinner. The four year old is clearly fed up with sitting, and starts to complain, jump on her seat or run around. But a few moments later, she’s quietly in her seat again, enabling her parents ...

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31 THINGS TO DO WHEN CHILDREN HIT ONE ANOTHER

A reader asks:   “My five year old still hits or is aggressive to his 3 yo sister often in the day out of frustration what am I doing wrong?! I’m afraid I am getting snappy as I’m finding it hard to understand.”   And another reader adds:   “I really don’t understand what we’re ...

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RAISING KIDS WITH RELIGION OR SPIRITUALITY MAY PROTECT THEIR MENTAL HEALTH: STUDY

A new study from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that kids and teens who are raised with religious or spiritual practices tend to have better health and mental health as they age. But not to worry if you’re not a service-attender. The research, published last week in the American Journal of Epidemiology, ...

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IN WHICH CATEGORY DO YOU FIT?

Hasan Basri (RA), who was among the greatest Taabi-een, said:   People resemble (morally and spiritually) six kinds of animals: lion, wolf, pig, dog, fox, and sheep.   Lion (Asad): The kings are lions for they oppress the people while no one oppresses them.   Wolf (Thi’ib): The traders are wolves. When they buy, they ...

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LOOK WHAT SELF-ADULATION CAN LEAD TO!

You can never accomplish anything unless… you have a vision / goal you believe in that vision you intensely desire it you go step by step, all the while seeking knowledge & consultation, and taking necessary measures to achieve it   Remember, you can’t be impulsive and haphazard. You can’t be emotional, pop up with ...

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LOVE – WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN? PART II

PART II   In the first part of this article, we explored the meaning of the word Love from various aspects and how it translates into our lives. In this second and final part of the article, we will let you see how Allah SWT and His Prophet SAW used and explained this word.   ...

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LOVE—WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN?

PART I   Love is a noble feeling that is a significant part of our lives.  We have been created with the desire to love and be loved.  Over the course of history, I believe, there are fewer words that have been so often discussed, interpreted, misunderstood and misconstrued as the word love.   Love ...

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THE MILESTONES AMERICAN PARENTS SHOULD PRIORITIZE

“M-a-t” “M-at.” “Mat.” My 6-year-old pored over her Bob book, painstakingly sounding out each word. I listened and worried; her older brother was able to read those same words at a much younger age.   It’s natural to compare our children and fret over their development. We are encouraged in the United States to look ...

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DON’T BE SURPRISED BY THE DECREE OF ALLAH

A letter to my daughter.   No matter how hard you try, no matter how much you study or practice or spend, you’ll never be able to accomplish anything of meaning or become the best version of yourself without the help of Allah (swt).   When you understand the absolute power of Allah (swt) to ...

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WHY FAILURE HITS GIRLS SO HARD

Failing well is a skill   Mary, a college sophomore, tells me failure is “disgusting,” a wave of the “worst thing ever.”   When I ask why, she answers without hesitation. “I’m so used to doing well on things. If one thing goes wrong, I just want it to go away and feel like it ...

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SCIENCE PROVES READING TO KIDS REALLY DOES CHANGE THEIR BRAINS

Pediatricians often recommend parents routinely read aloud to their young children.   Now, for the first time, researchers have hard evidence that doing so activates the parts of preschoolers’ brains that help with mental imagery and understanding narrative — both of which are key for the development of language and literacy.   “There have been ...

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SHAVING THE RELIGION – PART 1

“The diseases of the former peoples are creeping towards you, envy and hatred, and hatred is the razor; I do not say that it shaves hair, but rather it shaves the religion; and none of you has faith until he loves others; shall I tell you what will establish that for you? Spread peace between ...

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SHAVING THE RELIGION – PART 4

An irony of the modern world is the double standards we have for ourselves and others. Prophet Muhammed SAW said, “None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.” (Bukhari & Muslim)   Are we really believers? If we claim so, then would we want our sins to ...

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ALLAH IS BEAUTIFUL AND LOVES ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL

It was narrated that in the days that Prophet Musa (pbuh) wandered with Bani Israel (Children of Israel) in the desert, an intense drought befell them. Together, they raised their hands towards the heavens praying for the blessed rain to come. Then, to the astonishment of Prophet Musa (pbuh) and all those watching, the few ...

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