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Brotherhood of the Devils

Brotherhood of the Devils

Buy one, get one free! No down payment and no payment for 90 days OAC! Buy today and pay no interest for one full year! We are incessantly bombarded with such “promises” on TV, radio, InterNet, billboards and any other medium which advertisers have in their arsenal in a concerted and carefully calculated ploy to get us to buy more “stuff” – regardless if we need it or not. At the same time that consumerism is on the rise, people are discussing the need to safeguard our natural resources and…

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Check Yo Self Before…

Check Yo Self Before…

In an era of political-correctness where terms such as “environmentalism”, “green policies”, “fiscal responsibility” and others make the daily headlines and are haphazardly thrown around by politicians to garnish votes at election times to show that they are actually “concerned” about other than themselves and their fat wallets, another term, “accountability”, is often heard. Accountability is a concept which is talked about in the science of ethics which carries with it several meanings. It is often used synonymously with concepts such as ‘answerability’, ‘enforcement’, ‘responsibility’, ‘blameworthiness’ and others and refers…

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The Ties That Bind Us

The Ties That Bind Us

With Muslims having taken a firm foothold in North America, there can be no denying the fact that we are here to stay – there is no ‘going back home’. For the vast majority of us, North America IS home and just like any other citizen, we have every right to be here and we have every right to want to preserve our unique identity while at the same time, being a part of the overall fabric of society. After settling in and establishing ourselves, the next logical step was/is…

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Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment

A convicted criminal is led in shackles down a dark hallway. Grudgingly, his hands and feet are strapped down with a thrust. A final statement is uttered and then, with the push of a button, 2,000 volts of electricity are shot through him rendering him another victim of the system… Elsewhere, a violent murderer is held down by painfully tight straps which are cutting into his flesh as a potpourri of lethal chemicals are injected into his veins. The outcome? A macabre government sanctioned murder. These and other such forms…

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Who Stole the Soul?

Who Stole the Soul?

“Why?” It is one of the shortest words in the English language, however sometimes, to answer the question put forth by this three letter word provokes a long, complicated reply. Within some religious traditions today, this word is taboo! One could never think about asking his/her religious minister ‘why’ a certain act has been legislated; why they must keep away from certain things or even why they believe what they are ordered to believe – and are just barely clinging on to! On the other hand, Islam, and the pristine…

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Spiritual Fitness

Spiritual Fitness

The society of today seems to be infatuated with ‘healthy eating’ and ‘healthy living’– these being two of the key buzzwords used in marketing and advertising. Consumers spend billions of dollars a year on fad diets – most of which do not even produce results! Statistics show that in 2005 in the USA alone, over 51 billion dollars was spent on organic food! In addition, billions of dollars were spent on organic soap, shampoo, perfume, and cosmetics. The tip of the iceberg is, however, that in 2005, over 25 million…

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Monopolizing the Message

Monopolizing the Message

As the dust settles on the plains of Kerbala and the triumph which Imam Husayn struggled for – the safeguarding of the pristine teachings of Islam – which is recounted on the pulpits every year within the Islamic centers throughout the world culminates, a call made by the Imam reverberates within the hearts: “Is there anyone who will come to assist us? Is there anyone who will come to lend his support to the family of the Messenger of God?” The first twelve days of Muharram are marked with the…

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House of Sorrows

House of Sorrows

House of Sorrows is the first ever book in English to detail the last six months of the life of the only daughter of Prophet Muhammad, Fatema az-Zahra. This book focuses on the status of Lady Fatema from Qur’anic verses and traditions and delves into the events immediately preceding the death of Prophet Muhammad. There are a number of events discussed in this text such as saqifah, the taking of Fadak, and then, in vivid words, goes through the last months of her life. Be prepared to shed tears as…

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Arba’een of Imam al-Husayn

Arba’een of Imam al-Husayn

What follows in this piece is a brief look at the “Arba‘een” [the commemoration of 40 days after the tragic events of Kerbala] of Imam al-Husayn, peace be upon him. The article concludes with the Arabic text of Ziyarat Arba‘een with full English translation and a brief exposition on certain passages of this powerful and moving visitation. Insha-Allah, a more comprehensive understanding of this ziyarat will be presented in the future.

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