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March 5, 2008

Bite Your Tongue!

The tongue: a mere piece of meat with no bones in it. But like a BMW Z4, it carries you forward?it speeds you to Paradise, or dumps you into Hell. Take control of it, before it takes control of you. So how do you steer this beast? Read on!

July 12, 2006

Contentment ? The Million Dollar Solution

There are two types of people in this world: those who try to search out the million dollars, so they can live on the high end of life; and those who try to find the million dollar solution to life?s hurdles.

June 23, 2005

MuminMan

By night, a city slicker patrols the streets. Seen but not seen, he’s just another face in the crowd, unnoticed with trendy glasses and the slickest new Rockport running shoes. He breezes in and out through bars and clubs. He chills with his friends. And if she’s not mad, maybe he’ll call his girlfriend for […]

June 19, 2005

Trials and Tribulations: Exercise for our Soul

  A cocoon stirs with signs of life. An opening appears, and you watch as the winged creature inside struggles to emerge from a small tear in the sack of life. Striving to free itself, the butterfly labors for what seems an eternity. You reflect on how easy it would be to simply break off […]

December 15, 2004

Aspects of Character Building

Vast indeed is the subject of character-building; it is lengthy as the whole life-time.

April 23, 2004

Becoming Muslim

About the author: Muhammad Asad, Leopold Weiss, was born in Livow, Austria (later Poland) in 1900, and at the age of 22 made his visit to the Middle East. He later became an outstanding foreign correspondent for the Franfurtur Zeitung, and after his conversion to Islam travelled and worked throughout the Muslim world, from North […]

April 8, 2004

KNOWLEDGE – The Light Of Life

“Dedicate your life to Knowledge and Humanity”, these were words of advice from my father when I had asked for his autograph – it was precisely what his life was all about. But this was way back in my teenage and I wonder if I had grabbed the true wisdom behind these momentous words then. […]

March 1, 2004

Peace Within

   There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried their luck. The king looked at all the representations, but there were only two that fascinated him. Ultimately, he had to choose between them.

June 14, 2003

O Muslims, Where Do You Disappear?

    The population of Muslims in Canada is growing at a rapid pace. According to the last census, the number of people who identify themselves as Muslims has more than doubled in the ten years from 1991 to 2001. There are now at least 579,640 Muslims in Canada out of which about 300,000 are […]

May 30, 2003

Modernizing Islam in a Modern World

 Sometimes, us Muslims get an idea. We?re pleased with ourselves?it?s a ?modern? idea. A modern idea for modern Muslims. We get excited about the future?modern ideas manifest in a brighter existence for modern Muslims! We feel bitterness about the past?it keeps haunting us with its backward, extremist ways?not at all modern. And so, we modern […]

May 28, 2003

Your Employment & Expenditure: Keeping it Halal!

  [A Young Muslim’s Guide to Halal Employment]       Every summer young Muslim students go through stressful times trying to find a means of earning that is decent, professional, yet Islamically lawful. In a period of perpetual economic recession, especially in the IT industry, such as the one we are currently witnessing, it is indeed challenging to find such a combo. […]

January 27, 2003

Back to the Basics

    Whenever a person lacks motivation or the desire to do any amount of productive work and laziness overcomes that person, usually it is a weakness in their practice of the basic principles of Islam. So essentially, it is upon us to find out what these principles are and what they should mean to […]

October 21, 2002

The Fasting of Ramadan: A Time for Thought, Action, and Change!

[Taken from The Medium, University of Toronto, Mississauga] Fasting in Ramadan develops in a person the real spirit of social belonging, of unity and brotherhood, and of equality before God. This spirit is the natural product of the fact that when people fast they feel that they are joining the whole Muslim society (which makes […]

May 17, 2002

Watch out for the Arrow!

Oh, what a beautiful day: Twenty-two degrees Celsius; a clear sky; the sun passionately declaring its warmth to the land below.? I put on my cap and decide to go out for a walk.? Moments later, I come across two scantily dressed girls, ?enjoying? the wonderful weather.? Nervously, I look down towards the cement sidewalk […]

March 16, 2002

Virtues of Spending in the Way of Allah

Spending in the way of Allah means to part with what we posess and call it as ours. It means to give it out willingly for any cause which is for the benefit for Allah’s creation, for the pleasure of Allah. It is a great virtue and I will elaborate its meaning and significance. You […]

January 22, 2002

Why Sacrifice?

Islam: A Path of Struggle First let us briefly look at an important question. Why must Islam be so emphatically linked with the idea of struggle? What has the one to do with the other? Cannot a person become a good Muslim without involving himself in a struggle that necessarily requires sacrifices? The answer is: […]

November 26, 2001

You Know Your Islam is in Trouble When ?

  the last thing you learnt about Islam, the Quran, or Jihad was from CNN

April 27, 2001

The Intricacies of Sin

  Walking out of the masjid (mosque), I observe an old man crying. Praying in a dark corner he asks of his Lord for forgiveness. Looking at this man, I remember that I too must have sinned today. I turn back and have a seat. I ask Allah for His forgiveness, for He says in […]

April 27, 2001

Happiness comes from Zikr: not Prom

    The Prom and Happiness Happiness! Ah what a wonderful term, wouldn’t all of us like to have that? I think it’s the only thing that we need in life. How can we achieve happiness in the life hereafter after as well as in this life? (note the reverse order of the last sentence)

April 27, 2001

Tips for Teens on How to Handle Pornography

It?s hard, especially when you?re a teenager and bombarded with images of sexuality: that hot-looking scantily clad guy or gal in the magazine, grinning at you and luring you; or the persistent emphasis on sex in the movies (even Toy Story!); or the pervasive links to pornography and ad banners that pop up while you […]