Marriage, and Matters of the ‘Islamic’ Heart

A two-part series – part II of which explores the matters of the ‘Islamic’ heart. Part I can be read here.  “Your Lord has not forsaken you, nor has He become displeased,”

Visiting Imam Ridha (as)

Growing up, my summers were filled with annual trips to Iran to visit my family and experience this culture I was born into, but for as long as I could remember, the memories surrounding my visits to the shrine of Imam Ridha (as) in Mashad were faint. I knew I

Travel Tips for the Momin

Travel is a part of everyday life. If travel is booked in advance, one can attempt to ascertain that Islam does not go out of focus during the time spent away through preparation. So, whether it is a leisure or work related visit, there are a few pointers that may

Fatima’s Message

Fatima al-Zahraa is beyond human comprehension–her story is too lofty for my pen but I write with wishes and hope I can attain a fraction of her heart’s recognition These words do no justice to the Lady of Light but I write with every ounce of my heart and hope

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Spiritual Snippets: God as One’s Ear, Eye, Tongue, and Hand

It’s always a concern that many of us have: How can we reach a spiritual state where we are no longer bothered by worldly concerns and pestered by sensual thoughts?  Obviously, the path to such a lofty end cannot be simple.  It’s a tortuous path with many pitfalls and demons

Marriage, and the Fault in Our Intention

A two-part series – part I of which explores the desire to gain nearness to Allah. Even those that hold but a fleeting interest in renewing their allegiance to the holy Prophet and his household (sawa) are aware of another very important matter in which they may eventually benefit. This is

The Philosophy of Supplication

In our ordinary and ritualistic way of life, we often find ourselves in a state of confusion with respect to supplication. A spiritual life implies practicing the five daily prayers, keeping fast in the holy month, pilgrimage, giving charity, paying the required tax, and other devotional acts. We also have

Imam Mahdi’s (ajfs) Calling

Islam rose when it planted a seed named Muhammad and it will rise again with a beautiful flower named Muhammad Islam’s status will be resurrected from this garden of roses, the world will be waiting to smell the scent of his petals The order of this world orbits around his

Eid: A Day of Return

The word eid has its origin in the Arabic term ‘awd’ which means to return. In this sense, Eid is the day of return of man towards his Lord. After passing through the holy month of Ramadan in which a believer purifies his soul, he may find his original fitra, or

Imam Ali (a) – Success on the Nights of Qadr

“By the Lord of the Kaaba, I am successful”. These were the profound words uttered from the mouth of the beloved Imam Ali (a) upon being fatally struck by the sword of Abdul Rahman ibn Muljim (may Allah remove His mercy from him). When one discovers the circumstances in which

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