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A Muslim trader attends to her customer at a market ahead of Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Malaysia's northeastern town of Kota Bharu August 6, 2013. Eid al-Fitr, "the day of celebrations", marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION BUSINESS)

Morality and everyday living

By: Osman Nuri Topbaş Source: Osman Nuri Topbaş Islam is not a life comprised only of belief and acts of worship. In addition to belief and worship, it is the system of exceedingly delicate balances minutely regulating every field of life, such as social relations, morality and especially rights and justice. For Islam is the religion of truth that Allah Almighty, Who created human beings and Who therefore knows them better than they know themselves, revealed in order to teach them how to live in this world. Every discerning believer must deepen in pondering upon the following questions: What is this world? Why did we come here? In which direction are our fleeting days flowing? How must I...

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Remembrance and reflection

By: Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Source: IlmGate The first lesson in the esteemed Naqshbandi silsilah is Latīfat al-Qalb. Upon this, the seeker traveling the spiritual path (sālik) engages in the spiritual exercise of murāqabah, where he or she sets aside some private time to sit and reflect on Allah. In this exercise the sālik strives to empty the heart of all thoughts and imagines the blessings and mercy of Allah entering the heart and erasing its darkness. As if in gratitude to being cleansed of darkness the heart joyfully calls out the Name of Allah over and over again: Allah! Allah! Allah! A general scientific principle states that whenever a vacuum is created, something comes in to fill it...

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Being pleased with Allah’s Decree

By: Mariam Anwer Source: ‘WHEN there is just one son, parents have to make him live with them; when there are several, it’s easier, as some of them can go abroad. After all, parents should not be left all alone. That is why one should have many children,’ says a mother-of-five empathetically. I remain silent, not agreeing with her simply because not everyone is blessed with children. My mind shifts to some childless couples and unmarried people I know. If Allah has kept them barren, what should their outlook be on life during old age? Should they constantly be complaining to Allah for the fate decreed on them, or should they accept their fate and be content with it, achieving...

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