How To Be A Strong Muslim In Today's World

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THE Prophet said: “There will come a time of patience when the one who adheres steadfastly to his religion will be like one who holds a burning coal.[Al-Tirmidhi, no. 2260, authenticated by Al-Albani]

Strange, strange times we are passing through. In one part of the world, a man may grow up in a land where he has never heard of anything except Islam; while in another place, a woman may struggle and face isolation while trying to adhere to this ‘strange’ religion. The former may spend his life praying, fasting and giving charity, while the other may even die in persecution. Most of us will lie in shades of gray between these two black and white realities.

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Editorial: On Muslim Ink's Sixth Issue

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ALHAMDULILLAHWe are seeing our sixth issue being published today. It has been a journey of ups and downs but Allah has helped us go forward. We believe the slow pace at which we may seem to be progressing is beneficial as Allah is helping us build a strong foundation In sha Allah – may He guide us and accept it from us.

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The Good Life

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MOST of us wake up in the morning and sleep at night with some worldly concern weighing on our minds – our careers and education, our businesses and jobs, our spouses, parents and children. We spend every waking hour in pursuit of ‘the good life’, seeking happiness in external things just to escape the emptiness within.

For Muslims, the paradigm for what constitutes the good life is very different. Aًllah says:

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Being Anti-Social With Social Media

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A focused gaze, all attention captured, honed in on you – that would have been the scene if you were to have had a conversation with the Prophet Muhammad . One of the reasons he was loved so much was because he made you feel like you were the most special person to him, all eyes and ears if you had something to say, no matter what he was doing.

Fast forward to today and the scene changes drastically. Capturing and retaining the attention of this generation has become something of a task. With increasing speeds, whether it be fingers moving across the keyboard, the number of notifications piling up, or internet speeds, we have become an impatient nation, desperate to check that new ping; do away with the blinking light.

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How To Cope With Setbacks: The Uhud Action Plan

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LIFE is a complex saga of happiness, sorrow, success, failure, likes and dislikes and struggles. The ones who stand up for the truth are those who are victorious. Adhering to the truth does not merely mean there is victory at every step. There are setbacks even for the followers of truth and justice. That is why defeat and success are part and parcel of our life. They exist is everyone’s life but the difference lies in our response to these situations.

Islam guides us in all states. It teaches us the appropriate approach and response to setbacks and oppression.

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Be Proud, You are a Muslim!

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“Verily, we were a disgraceful people and Allah honored us with Islam, so if we seek honor from other than Islam, then Allah will humiliate us.”
– Umar ibn Al-Khattab رضي الله عنه

THE statement reads as if Umar رضي الله عنه was addressing us, the Muslims of 21st century. How saddening it is today that many Muslims when in a global environment lose confidence while 'admitting' their faith, let alone expressing it?! How terrible that a people who have Islam feel inferior to those they should be guiding!

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Saudi is Not that Bad, Believe Me!

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HAVING being in Saudi for over three years now, I have met my fair share of Western expats who have willingly come to work in the Kingdom, but have not fully and gracefully accepted their decision. They often complain, engage in the popular sport of culture bashing, and mock whatever they don’t understand or agree with.

When I worked in Riyadh for example, one of my American colleagues wasn’t just full of opinions about how the country should be run, but she was also a textbook definition of a whiner. If her coffee wasn’t hot enough, her taxi driver was late or the alarm clock didn’t go off that morning, Saudi and Saudis were to blame. It was so bad that I had to often block her complaints and distasteful remarks with my headphones while she ranted to other colleagues.

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Young Muslim Entrepreneur: What She Did the Day She Skipped School

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MY youngest sister Hanan (aged 9) was staying over with me and didn't want to go to school (because she was crying the previous night missing our mom who was travelling). In the early afternoon she got bored and wanted to do something else after spending the morning sketching and doodling. I randomly recalled a Dennis the Menace cartoon where Dennis and Margaret sold lemonade in their neighborhood and said to her:

"Why don't you make a lemonade stall and sell lemonade?"

Now that was totally off the top of my head because:

  1. I was completely out of ideas to entertain her after almost a week of doing everything else possible AND
  2. NOBODY, ESPECIALLY not girls, sets up lemonade stalls on ANY corner of ANY neighborhood in Saudi Arabia. ESPECIALLY not in front of a mosque.

BUT.

Within 3 hours, we brainstormed, set up, launched and sold out our lemonade business!

Hanan and Ahmed (my 6 year old brother-in-law) learnt some incredible lessons that school would take years to teach them.

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11 Easy Tips to Forgive Yourself and Others

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WHEN I was a little girl, my parents taught me to “forgive and forget”. For me, this was a very challenging to understand this concept because I never understood how I could actually forget the pain that was afflicted onto me. With that type of thinking, I spent most of my life having a difficult time forgiving people who hurt me.

Forgiving people who harmed you can be very difficult; resentment invades your heart and spreads through your skin, your blood, and all of your emotions. However, at times it’s actually easier to forgive others and far more difficult to forgive yourself.

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The Two Seas (kinds of people) in Palestine (the world)

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AS I was reading the other day, I came across an excerpt from a book entitled “The Man Nobody Knows” by Bruce Barton.  A brief and subtle look-up of it on the internet and I learnt that it is a Christian- oriented book published in 1925. Whilst I have no intention of delving into its details, or its contents, I would, however, like to quote the passage I came across.

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