Monthly Archives: July 2014

Chapter 14: The Waning Dusk (series)

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Myth: Let’s live the American Dream

We have given you the seven oft-repeated verses and the glorious Qur’an. Never stretch your eyes towards what We have given to groups of them to enjoy… (15:87-88)

This verse in itself solves our problem of envying the developed world that has all the privileges. Just a few days ago, I was complaining how no one accepts credit cards from Pakistan and my online shopping plans are always foiled. That Apple does not have its retail store here and Adobe does not allow subscribers from Pakistan either. And I cannot upgrade my WordPress site because Pakistan is just not listed. Again. But all of this is accessible in US and blah.

Even though this verse was revealed a long time back in the Meccan period, it is timeless of course. It came as a response to the taunts of the Quraysh who mocked the Prophet (pbuh) and…

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My Ramadan Diary: Forgive Me When I Whine

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By Umm Ibrahim

Hot days? Long fasts? Parched tongue? Droopy eyes? Aching legs?

This Ramadan, I will not whine! I absolutely refuse to complain. Not only will I not complain to Tom, Dick and Harry (or to Jamilah, Sakinah and Aneela) I will not even complain to myself! I feel too grateful to do that. I have been blessed with far more than what I could ever deserve or earn.

I’m grateful that Allah made me a human being, and not a monkey or a hen.

I’m grateful that He made me a Muslim, and not an atheist or a fire-worshipper.

I’m grateful that I’m alive and healthy.

And that He blessed me with yet another Ramadan- yet another opportunity.

And that He gave me the Glorious Quran.

And that I have family and friends.

In fact, I have everything I asked him for, and more! Much more.

I’m grateful for the Duas He accepted…

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Chapter 2: The Waning Dusk (series)

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Myth: The ban is lifted at iftaar

Allah (swt) says,

“O, you who believe! Fasting has been made obligatory upon you as it was made upon those before you so that you become fearful of God.” (02:183)

Maleficent. Captain America- Winter Soldier. X-men.

TV series returning after a mid-season break. New episodes airing tonight.

And it’s Nigeria vs France today!

So much to watch, so little time, damn- you’re fasting and too bad you can’t binge-eat while you’re at it. But you’ll be watching anyway, or maybe you decide to wait till iftaar. So you load your stuff to stream while you sleep the day away. For smokers and music devotees, it is a different story. You can’t wait to get high again. And sometimes, both of you think it is okay to take a whiff while you’re fasting.

It is common knowledge that Quran was revealed in the…

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My Ramadan Diary: Do Yourself a Favour, Please?

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By Umm Ibrahim

We’re funny people, aren’t we?

We get lost in rituals and forget the rationales. We get lost in words and ignore the meanings.

Ramadan has embraced us once again. Suhoor, Iftaar, Taraweeh. Eat, Drink, Sleep.

Different people have different intentions, and they will, accordingly, reach different levels.

Some are planning to sleep through the long days and surf through the short nights. Some are planning their menus and parties.

And some are planning to milk this month of mercy and forgiveness! To make the most of every moment. And to emerge as winners in the sight of Allah.

What’s so special about Ramadan anyway? Is it special because we fast in it? No! Rather, we fast in it because it is special! Think about that.

It is special because:

“Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Quran, as a guide to mankind, also clear…

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