Self-Love: Am I loving myself right?

Am I loving myself right?  You'd see global pop musicians, athletes, Instagram influencers, and YouTubers all talking about it, highlighting different concepts and sharing different ideas. But there's one conversation you'll now find in every corner of social media that even some of our YC speakers have addressed – the intriguing, appealing concept of self-love. ... Continue Reading →

Porn—Kicking the Bad Habit

"If I were given the opportunity to press a delete button that could destroy all the servers of the planet that contained pornographic material, I would crawl on the path of glass and thorns, even if it kills me, to press that button". (Interview of a porn addict by BBC)  Imagine yourself lying on a comfortable couch in a dimly lit room. You are all alone, scrolling through a cell phone with your eyes glued to the internet. All of a sudden, some inappropriate content pops up on the screen. For a moment, you feel the urge to tap it and see what comes after the 'trailer' you were just baited with.

How I left Music – Raja Zia ul Haq 

When I began my journey towards Allah (SWT)’s path, music was actually one of the last things I left. Believe me, I was always looking for ways to justify my music addiction. I had three shelves across my bedroom wall full of music CDs. Not only this, but I also had about 10-15 GBs worth of music stored on my computer. But despite looking far and wide, I was unable to find reasons that would justify my love for music.

Connecting to the Quran in the last Ashra

Ramadan is the month for celebrating the Quran which was sent to guide and reform mankind. In this month, we read and hear the Quran more than any other time of the year. Yet why is that despite such exposure to Allah’s words, we don’t get that deeper connection with Allah? As soon as the new moon is sighted, the Quran is put on the shelf again. Certainly it is not merely a book to be read and re-read. How can we build an enduring bond with the book of Allah which does not end with the month but lasts way beyond?

A Question of Deen and Dunya: How to Follow Religion Today?

Most of us struggle to make time for our religious obligations in the midst of our wordly lives. Today, the majority of Muslims look for an answer to this pivotal question, how to strike a balance between practicing Deen and living in the Dunya? This is a query not just related to contemporary times. It arose in the early stages of Islam as well.  A Companion of the Prophet, Hanzala (RA) feared that he had become a hypocrite because, during his day-to-day activities pertaining to his family or his business, thoughts of Allah would slip from his mind. He shared this concern with Abu Bakr (RA) who admitted to feeling the same. So they both went to the Prophet (PBUH) and Hanzala (RA) inquired: "Allah's Messenger, when we are in your company, we are reminded of Hell-Fire and Paradise as if we are seeing them with our own eyes, but whenever we go away from you and attend to our wives, children and business, much of these things go out of our minds.” To read what the Prophet PBUH responded with, read our new article by Muhammad Saddam on balancing practicing religion with dunya.

Heading on the Straight Path

This world is a test for us. As Allah Almighty says in the Quran, “He who created death and life to test you as to which of you is best in deed...” (Surah Mulk, 67:2).  Tests are not easy; they are challenging and require preparation. There are many obstacles that hinder our progress towards paradise. Satan is our biggest enemy; his whole mission is to prevent us from going to heaven.

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