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- The Inspirer of Faith -
O you who have attained to faith!
Remember God with unceasing remembrance,
and extol His limitless glory from morn to evening.


Two reeds drink from one stream. One is hollow, the other is sugar-cane. - Jalaludin Rumi

Guard your heart from heedlessness, protect your lower self from desires, guard your intellect from ignorance, and you will be admitted into the company of the vigilant. It is a duty for everyone to seek knowledge; that is, knowledge of yourself. - Jafar al-Sadiq

If someone remarks, "What an excellent man you are!" and this pleases you more than his saying, "What a bad man you are!" know that you are still a bad man. - Sufyan al-Thawri



More harm is done by fools through foolishness than is done by evildoers through wickedness.  - The Prophet

The Importance of a Good Shaykh, from Shaykh Abdul-Qadir al-Jilani (ra)
You must work hard to ensure that your hearts are not locked out of the door of His nearness. Be sensible! You are getting nowhere. You must seek the company of a Shaikh who is ...
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What The Seeker Needs by Muhiyy ad-Din Ibn 'Arabi
An unmistakable sign of the heaviness that will prevent you from advancing is to be a burden on people. Neither be a freeloader nor let others carry your load. Particularly, don't accept goods and favors, either for yourself or for others...
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Why Music Is Not Haram
We have studied all these sources of religious knowledge and have tried to determine the status of music in Islam. Our thorough research has led us to the conclusion that music is one of the permissible natural gifts of God. The Islamic Shari‘ah does not forbid it. One can use ...
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Recapturing Islam From the Terrorists
© Abdal-Hakim Murad

As New York turns its gap-toothed face to the sky, wondering if the worst is yet to come, Muslims, largely unheeded by the wider world, are counting the cost of the suicide bombings. The backlash against mosques and hijabs...
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Ways of the Path:
 Practical steps for spiritual advancement

It's easy to know spiritual quotes, Quranic verses and sufi practices, but to live our lives putting these into practice is another story. We must be honest and look at our daily lives to see whether we are making the world a better place. 

Are we kind people? Are we eager to serve others? Do we readily smile and give love to others? Are we waiting for a grand spiritual enlightenment to be a better person, or are we consciously working on it every minute of the day?

Start today by contemplating these spiritual practices and seeing how you can apply them to your life:

Make Silence Obligatory >
Reflection [fikr] >
Acquire Characteristics of the True Believer >
Beware of Conceit >
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Hadith to live by

"There is an organ in the body that, if it is righteous, ensures that the whole system will be righteous; and if corrupt, the whole body will become corrupt. This organ is the heart."  more...

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Prophet warned:
Beware of Xtremists!

What makes a poor country poor? See the PowerPoint presentation now.

Tasawwuf is the name of courtesy, so the person who is the most courteous is the greatest Sufi.” Good nature is of two types—one with Allah and the other with people. Good nature with Allah means to accept whatever He gives, and be content with His decree. Good nature with people is to patiently endure their insults. Both these states are beneficial for the seeker.

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