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Seeking Refuge in Allah

Posted by Imam Zaid Shakir on Jul 22, 2016 9:54:29 AM

In a five-part video series, "Seeking Refuge in Allah,” Imam Zaid takes a deep dive into the meanings of a comprehensive prophetic prayer:

.اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْهَمِّ وَالْحُزْنِ وَالْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ وَالْبُخْلِ وَالْجُبْنِ وَضَلَعِ الدَّيْنِ وَغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ 

"O Allah! I seek your protection from sorrow and grief, and I seek your  protection from incapacity and sloth, and I seek your protection from cowardice and avarice, and I seek your protection from the stress of debts and the tyranny of men."  

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Topics: Ramadan, Refuge in Allah, Seeking refuge, refuge in religion

Ramadan

Posted by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Jun 29, 2016 12:39:02 PM

The month of Ramadan is a special time for purifying oneself, the greatest opportunity to implement the discussions and cures with regard to the heart. In fact, this is the purpose, blessing, and secret of the month. It is a remarkable event when the new moon of Ramadan is sighted, when eyes aim toward the horizon shortly after sunset and wait until suddenly a small sliver appears. Qadi Abu Bakr ibn al-Arabi said in his commentary that the secret of Muslims following a lunar calendar as opposed to a solar calendar is that the sun is used for worldly benefits while the moon is used for other-worldly benefits. Witnessing the new moon is seeing emergence, as it is known in philosophy. The crescent suddenly emerges in the sky seemingly out of nothing. The reason the moon is not visible at first is because the sunlight is too strong. But as sunset progresses, the light diminishes on the horizon and the sunlight against the crescent itself becomes distinguished from the surrounding crimson sky. So what we actually see of the moon is the sun’s light reflected against the lunar sliver. In fact, anything that we see in creation is due to reflected light. And all light comes from God. Witnessing the birth of the new moon is pregnant with metaphor. The word hilal (crescent) is closely related to an Arabic word that refers to birth (istihlal). So what we see is actually the birth of reflected light.

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Topics: Muslim, Islam, Ramadan, Fasting, how to prepare for fasting, tips for fasting

Fasting for Self-Mastery

Posted by Abdullah bin Hamid Ali on Jun 24, 2016 5:51:19 PM

 

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Topics: Ramadan, Fasting, Self mastery and fasting, Self mastery

STRESSED OUT: The Struggle for Success

Posted by Dr. Rania Awaad on Jun 17, 2016 9:46:59 AM

Dr. Rania Awaad guides us through stress reduction strategies and techniques that can help us benefit from the blessings of Ramadan. Reducing stress in our lives can put our minds and bodies in a better state, God willing, to take advantage of the manifold spiritual opportunities this month offers.
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Topics: General, Ramadan, Mental Health, holy month of ramadan, female muslim scholars, zen, stress, reducing stress in ramadan

Taking Up Ali's Torch

Posted by Imam Zaid Shakir on Jun 16, 2016 12:47:03 PM

Physically, the last phase of Muhammad Ali’s life was very difficult. The ravages of Parkinson’s Disease had robbed him of his health, vigor and voice. Spiritually, however, Ali was only strengthened as he approached the end of his earthly tenure. His illness could not steal his generous heart and noble spirit. Despite that, his departure was painful and represents a great loss.

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Topics: Muslim Community, Muslim, Islam, Ramadan, Ali, Peaceful Protest, Muhammad Ali, Ethics, Love

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