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For those who know the Ahl al-Bayt (A), especially for their followers, the arrival of Muharram and Safar every year refreshes sad memories of tragic events of Ashura in Karbala. In the tenth of Muharram 61 A.H., Imam Husayn (A), the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (S), and 72 of his companions including his sons, brothers and nephews were brutally killed and Imam Ali b. Husayn (A) who was severely ill at that time and the ladies and children were taken as captive. All over the world, the followers of the Ahl al-Bayt (A) commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (A) and his companions from the beginning of Muharram by taking part in activities to strengthen the connection to the Ahl al-Bayt ...
Have you ever found it hard to concentrate on your Salaat? Does your mind wander shortly after you begin? Do you catch yourself thinking about other things, like what you will do next, or who you should email, or what will you have for dinner? Perhaps practising Yoga may help.
I joined Yoga classes at the Jaffari Community Centre about a year ago. After each practice, I felt more robust, flexible and energetic. But recently, we focused on the meditation aspect of Yoga. The instructor emphasized the importance of ‘clearing the mind’ and having control over your thoughts. Thoughts and ideas constantly float around us; during Yoga, we aim to still the mind and focus our attention to our br...
When we think of the Ahlul Bayt (AS), we think of their importance. For example, Rasoolullah (SAW) is the final Prophet of Allah (SWT); Imam Ali (AS) is successor of the Prophet (SAW); Bibi Fatimah (AS) is leader of the women of the universe; and Imam Hussain’s (AS) sacrifice saved Islam. But the one person who is often overlooked is Imam Hassan (AS). It is a tragedy that he is overlooked when there are many important lessons we can take away from his life. While I won’t be able to do justice in this article, I will try my best to mention some important lessons we can take from the life of Imam Hassan (AS).
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This condition is actually caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. In fact, after an episode of chickenpox, the virus actually retreats into the cells of the ne...
“Hal min Nasirin Yansurna, Hal Min Mugheesin Yugheesuna”
- Imam Hussain (AS) on the day of Ashura
In his decisive sermon on the day of Ashura, Imam Hussein (AS) called out for us in more ways than one. Being the Imam of the time, he wasn’t in need of our help. Rather, our Ummah was. The scenario hasn’t changed. The sacrifice of Imam Hussein (AS) was timeless because of the ignorance of our Ummah, because of how we chose to act at that time. And yes, it was us then – because it is us today, who are portraying the same actions. Every one of those seventy-two men present on the day of Ashura was there for a purpose. Every one of them deserved a spot on that team. To be on that side of...
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To understand the exemplary personality of the mother of Hazrat Abbas (AS), Lady Umul Baneen (AS), one must appreciate what ideals she stood for. And nothing gives us a more revealing glimpse into her heart than the famous words she immediately uttered upon hearing of the martyrdom of Imam Husain (AS)
“O harbinger of bad tidings, tell me when Husein and his sons and followers were butchered b...
The skin is the largest organ in the human body and plays a significant role in the body’s natural detoxifying process. Sweat carries toxins out of the body and flushes them through the pores. Sweating has been proven effective in flushing out toxins and disease, and maintaining optimal physical as well as mental health.
Tell us a little about yourself. What made you begin lecturing? What keeps you going?
I came to the United States at a young age and we were blessed by Allah (swt) to be able to migrate to New York as a family. I experienced different cultures, different outlook on life and an opportunity to learn many things I didn't know before. At that time in the US, there were not as many Muslims as we have to...
A glistening surface, a polished pane
An object of desire, a means to feign
All things revealed accurately
From blemishes and beauty, immaculately
Portraying up front what is seen with the eyes
But beyond this it fails, as much as it tries:
Intentions of the heart held hidden, concealed
The envy of the eye kept carefully sealed
It hazily hints at what we covet
While what is apparent, we rarely love it