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Meaningful Action in a Helpless World

“Everything you do without remembering God is useless.”

The world is a scary place. So much is happening beyond our control, it’s easy to feel paralysed by helplessness. It’s with this that I turned to a trusted friend and teacher for advice; what can we meaningfully do to change things?

His answer shocked me. He had read the undertones of my question. It wasn’t that I didn’t know what to do; it was that I subconsciously believed it wouldn’t do anything!

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Purpose

“You are very important. If you weren’t, then you would not be here. You matter. If you tap into your potential, you are among the best of all creation. You are the one that if you mention Allāh, He mentions you among His highest angels – Gabriel, and Michael – He is mentioning you to…

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Meaningful Prayer

“The motions of prayer are the physical manifestation of your words and state, each in perfect congruence with the other” – Shaykh Asim Yusuf The words of my teacher struck deep; prayer is not driven by your thoughts, but by your state. Each motion is a perfect reflection of the state your heart should be…

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Keeping the Sunnah

“They are meticulous in keeping with the sunnah, yet forget the One who brought it ﷺ!”   It was a powerful moment. We had just finished praying maghrib and began reading the adhkar after the prayer, most notably the Salawat on the Prophet ﷺ. As we finished, the shaykh turned his attention to a poster…

A Muslim pilgrim prays atop Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the peak of the annual haj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Mecca...A Muslim pilgrim prays atop Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the peak of the annual haj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Mecca early morning October 14, 2013.  An estimated two million Muslims were in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Monday morning for the start of the annual Haj pilgrimage.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

Dear Pilgrim

Below is a (fairly long) email I send to people before they head off to Umrah. It’s my own dua list accompanied by some advice I wrote. Feel free to take any duas and use them for yourself, and please remember me in them too. Of course, any dua you make for others is always…

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Hurdles

“When did Islam become a series of hurdles and challenges” I’ll never forget those words. It was the unexpected response I was given after asking for advice on some difficulties I and others had been facing. So often, we reduce our faith to a set of rules – do’s and don’ts. We obsess with it,…