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Medicine for the Soul: Part II

Continued from ‘Medicine for the Soul: Part I‘. Please Allah, make the pain go away. This is the worst part. ~ The building in front of me looked so inconspicuous, so utterly normal and mundane that one could hardly have fathomed the horrors taking place within it. I emerged from the taxi, my legs like jelly and my arms stiff like frozen ice. I didn’t want to be there, anywhere near there, but at that moment in time, I thought I was doing the right thing. “Where are we?”...

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The Handicapped Sign

The nearest parking spot. It always looked so appealing, so tempting. But then again, it also always was clearly marked with the “Handicapped Only” sign, along with all of the nearby alluring spots. Not that I ever put much thought into that. It just meant we couldn’t park there. But one day, all of that changed. There, while looking through my car window into the oppressive August heat, I experienced an epiphany. It was a sweltering afternoon when my mother left us kids in the car, right next to...

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Letting Things Go For Allah

I was inspired to write this earlier today when a friend of mine asked me for advice: “I just cannot stop listening to music…I want to, but it’s too hard!” This is something we’ve all probably said to ourselves, or listened to others say. Whether the issue at hand is music or something else, we have a hard time letting go of the things that we hold dear in our hearts. There is a burning fire in some of us that makes us want to let go and change,...

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Music Junkie Syndrome

I’m such a music junkie. I mean I was, but then I gave it up gradually, Alhamdulillah. I got rid of all the music from my mobile, then from my iPod, then from my laptop and then from my heart. It has not been that easy though; inadvertently do I hear music everywhere. It’s on TV, it’s when I go eat out with friends, and it’s in our cars, our gyms and everywhere else, even in washrooms. When I was younger, I loved listening to music, I knew every...

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The iPod Complex

I walk into the Masjid and meet two youth (only a year or two younger than me). While waiting for our class to begin, I take out my iPod Touch to read some Qur’an. However, one of the two kids eagerly asks if he could see it, pretty please. I allow him. He, along with most of the other youth, finds it weird that my iPod doesn’t have a pass code on it. I don’t feel my iPod contents needs to be hidden. I try to live my life...

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From Among My Followers…

UPDATE: There are many legitimate scholars that are of the opinion that foods with minute amounts of alcohol are allowed and that silk ties are allowed as they are only decorations. We advise that you research this yourself or talk to a local Imam/scholar for more clarification. In Sahih Al-Bukhari, it mentions that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam), “From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments,...