History is studied, so that we do not make the mistakes of other people.
Religion is studied, so that we do not make mistakes against ourselves.

A failure to understand the Qur’an as both a religious and a historical text is a failure to understand its words.

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"Wherever the expression ‘heart’ occurs in The Qur’an and in the Sunnah, its intended meaning is that in man which discerns and comes to know the real nature of things."

- Imam Al-Ghazali

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I’ve battled with darkness
long enough to know how
desperate one can get to
just see light.

I would know because I once
got desperate enough to light
myself on fire. Mahima/महिमा, Desperately Dark (via aestheticintrovert)

(via holy-m0ly)

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When Allah speaks to the materialist, He says fear Hell.. When He talks to the believer He says fear Me. When He talks to the materialist He says Rivers, and wine, and trees, and hoor etc.. When He talks to the believer He says proximity to Me.. We need to get it through our minds that Jannah is not the ends while God is the means. Love is the means, God is the ends, Jannah is the state.

(via ahappymuslimah)

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Talking about the benefits of colonialism is akin to talking about the benefits of the scientific data obtained by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Do you really want to go there?

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Eid Mubarak everyone!!! Hope everyone has a lovely time with their loved ones. May Allah accept all our efforts this Ramadan. This one was different- the world seemed louder, more angrier than usual but that makes today all the more special, makes me feel more grateful. May you get the last samosa and find all the safety pins you need :)

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Pardon me.


“Oh Allah, you are pardoning, and you love to pardon, so pardon me!” Dua the Prophet Muhammad [saw] made for last ten nights of Ramadan. Put it on repeat. Three (of many) beautiful parts to this dua:

1 - first, recognizing WHO we need pardoning from. Sinning becomes easy when we forget Who it’s…

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Here’s to the security guards who maybe had a degree in another land. Here’s to the manicurist who had to leave her family to come here, painting the nails, scrubbing the feet of strangers. Here’s to the janitors who don’t even fucking understand English yet work hard despite it all. Here’s to the fast food workers who work hard to see their family smile. Here’s to the laundry man at the Marriott who told me with the sparkle in his eyes how he was an engineer in Peru. Here’s to the bus driver, the Turkish Sufi who almost danced when I quoted Rumi. Here’s to the harvesters who live in fear of being deported for coming here to open the road for their future generation. Here’s to the taxi drivers from Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt and India who gossip amongst themselves. Here is to them waking up at 4am, calling home to hear the voices of their loved ones. Here is to their children, to the children who despite it all become artists, writers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, activists and rebels. Here’s to Western Union and Money Gram. For never forgetting home. Here’s to their children who carry the heartbeats of their motherland and even in sleep, speak with pride about their fathers. Keep on.

Immigrants. First generation.

Ijeoma Umebinyuo.

(via theijeoma)

(via angryasianfeminist)

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Ramadan Mubarak to anyone celebrating. I hope this month is kind to you and I hope you find peace in unexpected places. 

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A part of me wants to hire a camping van and drive aimlessly for a month.
Another part of me is like nah mahram issues. And money.

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This summer I want to write poems for all the answers and truths my tongue was incapable of formulating when it was required to.

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#MuslimYouthRising: Call for Submissions!

Hey you wonderful souls that can transform your thoughts into wonderful words. How about giving this a go?

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