Rahla Khan

Reminder: Texting can work for or against you

Courts around the world are increasingly seeing incriminating text messages and other personal electronic communications as evidence in malpractice and marital cases — no surprise, given the popularity and widespread (mis)use of messaging apps and social media platforms. According to a recent survey, over 90 percent of divorce attorneys saw the increased use of digital…...

Ali Banat and Dying in Ramadan

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Screenshot from a video. Ali Banat’s back is toward the camera. Allah’s signs are all around us — in life and in death. On May 29, 2018, an Australian Muslim, Ali Banat, passed away in the blessed month of Ramadan, like many other Muslims around the world. What distinguished Ali was his legacy and the…...

Reflecting on Ibn Kathir’s Extraordinary Book on History

LONG before internet searches ‘democratized’ information and encyclopaedic websites made life easier for students and researchers alike, there was a class of scholars – men and women of knowledge – who thrived in the hardest of circumstances, undeterred by the most meagre of means. They worked not for name and fame, but with their sights…...

Rich, Famous & Influential Muslims

DURING a vacation in Marrakesh, Morocco, Steven Demetre Georgiou aka ‘Cat’ Stevens was haunted by the sound of the Athan (the Muslim call to prayer) that rang out at random times of the day. Intrigued, he asked someone about the strange call and was told that it was ‘’music for God.” Years later, Yusuf Islam…...

How Some Birds & Animals Sleep

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SLEEP is one of the signs of Allah in this universe, and there are several ayat in the Quran that point to this: And among His Signs is your sleep by night and by day, and your seeking of His Bounty. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who listen.  [Quran 30:23] And…...

Pearls From Surah Al-Kahf: Virtues

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MANY of us know the benefits of reading Surah al-Kahf on Friday and try to recite it regularly. •  Al-Bara’ said: “A man[1] recited Al-Kahf and there was an animal in the house which began acting in a nervous manner. He looked, and saw a fog or cloud overhead…....

5 Questions To Ask Before You Take The Marriage Plunge

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BOOKS can be written – and indeed, have been written – on scores of pre-marital questions to ask prospective spouses. From ‘1001 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married’ to ‘The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say I Do’ to ‘Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts: 7 Questions to Ask Before…...

Book Review: A Temporary Gift by Asmaa Hussein

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‘A Temporary Gift’ is an intensely personal account of ‘love, loss and healing’ and one of the closest works one could read in the genre of a rithaa’ (elegy) in our times. It is rare to come across a piece of writing that is so sincere, heartfelt and spiritually uplifting from a modern writer. This…...

Commonsense Tips for Muslim News Consumers

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AS Muslim issues are increasingly flogged as ‘flavor of the month’ by media outlets in search of stories that evoke the right mix of controversy and mass hysteria (ultimately translating into greater sales and greater ad revenues), it’s time Muslims—those who speak for Islam, as well as the viewers and readers – wise up and…...

The time we waste on worldly enjoyments

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IT is one of the tragedies of our times that the Ephemeral has gained precedence over the Eternal. For proof, we simply need to take a closer look at our lives and compare the time, energy and effort we spend trying to gain and enjoy worldly benefits, with the amount of time and effort we…...