Nabra Was Chosen

by Habeeba Husain Our hearts are heavy in these last days of Ramadan. The Muslim community lost a young, beautiful soul, 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen from Virginia some days ago. After completing the pre-dawn meal with her friends, she was on her way back to the mosque when a man took [...]

2017-12-01T00:17:44+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Night Prayer Experience

by Habeeba Husain One of my earliest memories of Ramadan is going with my family to the prayer space across the street from my house to participate in special prayers that take place during Ramadan nights called Taraweeh. As a seven-year-old, I would squeeze in between the taller women next [...]

2017-12-01T00:17:44+00:00 June 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

God or a Chocolate Chip Cookie?

With the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. This is a requirement for all Muslim adults who are physically able. Nevertheless, many excited children fast for part of the day. A few days ago, my eight-year-old daughter was practicing fasting. I told her that when she feels [...]

2017-12-01T00:17:44+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Prayer

God has ordered Muslims to pray at five set times of day: Dawn, before sunrise: Fajr. Midday, after the sun passes its highest point: Dhuhr. The late part of the afternoon: Asr. Just after sunset: Maghrib. Late evening: Isha.   Prayer sets the rhythm of the day This prayer timetable [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:23+00:00 January 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Becoming Spiritually Punctual

by Daliah Merzaban Praying the five daily prayers on time Before I genuinely began to cultivate and nurture my relationship with God, I regarded the five daily prayers that Islam enjoins on believers as laborious. It seemed impractical to expect that I would be able to stop what I was [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:38+00:00 October 19th, 2014|Uncategorized|