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If my Lord asks me…

A man once came to Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal and asked him; “O Imam, what is your opinion on poetry?” He replied; “Which poetry is this?” to which the man responded by reciting the following couplets: إذا ما قال لي ربي اما استحييت تعصيني If my Lord asks me, “Have you (any) shyness in disobeying…

Ahmed Saad

Excuses

We’ve all been there. We’re trying to motivate ourselves to get involved in the community (da’wah) but we’re confronted by endless barriers for why we shouldn’t. From self doubt to prioritisation issues, the list of reasons for why we stay away never seem to end. Many of these thoughts often run through my mind when trying to motivate…

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Beggars.

By Dr Bilal Hassam “Sometimes we walk past a homeless person on the street. Dishevelled, dirty perhaps smelling of alcohol. That person reaches their hand out for help, they ask you “Please help. I’m hungry. Please can you spare some change?” We look at them and we think, well they are lying, they will just…

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Despair

God says in the Qur’an: إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِينَ وَيُحِبُّ الْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ “Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves” [2:222] The form of the word ‘tawaabeen’ indicates the action is repeated over and over again, and repentance as an action infers that disobedience was performed before hand. So why does…

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Quran Club

A year ago, we began the Quran Club, a project among 20 friends to encourage one another to read Quran Daily. The idea was simple: we send half a page of Quran every day along with the audio via facebook, twitter, email & whatsapp. That person then reads it in their own time.

The idea quickly caught on and 20 people became 10,000 and counting spread across the world.

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Pillars of Piety

Someone asked Hassan Al Basri: “What is the secret of your piety?” He replied, “I understood 4 things: I understood my rizq (provision) cannot be taken by anyone so my heart is content. I understood that no one can do my actions (worship) for me, so I started doing them myself. I understood Allah ﷻ…

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Surprise!

Alhamdulillah, one of the sweetest moments in my life (no pun intended 😊) Yesterday, as I was working away in my room, my nephew (4 yrs old) comes in and offers me a chocolate egg. His mum had given him a bag of 8 and he was going round giving them out to the 6…