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Dealing with “Toxic” friends

By: Hosai Mojaddidi & Dr. Nafisa Sekandari Source: Do you have a “friend” whom you’re always trying to avoid? Do you send their calls to voice mail and hope they don’t call back? Does being around them for longer than a few minutes make you feel uncomfortable, anxious, or uneasy?  Do you feel they bring you down most of the time you’re with them?  If you’ve said yes to any of the above, then you most likely have a “toxic” friend. Florence Isaacs, author of Toxic Friends/True Friends says, “A friendship is between two peers…there has to be balance in a friendship for it to be healthy — not one person whose needs get met and another whose needs are overlooked.”...

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San Bernardino shooter’s friend charged

By: Amanda Holpuch and Soo Youn Source: The Guardian The friendship began in a southern California garage and ended with one person dying in a police shootout and the other taken into the custody of the US government. The decade-long friendship between Enrique Marquez and San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, who with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people on 2 December, is detailed in a criminal complaint filed in federal court that shows key events leading up to the shooting. Marquez, who had met Farook when they were neighbors in Riverside, California, is facing charges for making false statements in the acquisition of firearms, marriage fraud, and conspiring to provide material...

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10 things to start doing in Rabi’ al Awwal

By: Mubashir Anwar Source: This list is intended to be a quick guide to some beneficial things that can, with Allah’s help, improve our lives and faith both in and out of the noble month of Rabi’ al-Awwal. We ask Allah for sincerity and acceptance. Recite and listen to the Qur’an on a daily basis – One of the best ways to get closer to Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of God be upon him) is the words of Allah Almighty. A bit a day, keeps the devil at bay. Unfortunately, some of us do not even read our prayers, let alone think about the Qur’an. Start today! Improve your recitation, learn Tajwid. The Beloved Prophet (peace...

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