A Time for Mercy 1

All praise is due to Allah, whose proof of existence is evident in His creation, who’s power is absolute, and whose pre-existence is a necessity. He is the First, but not in numerical diminutiveness, and He is the Last, but not because any came before Him. He is the ever-living, the One who has no […]

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teenage girl siting against wall in a depressed state

Friday Thoughts #2: Breaking the Cycle of Despair

  A common saying among the mystics, one attributed to the Noble Prophet by way of Imam Ali is the following: “He who knows himself knows his Lord”. Throughout history, human beings have striven to know God through devotions, science, astrology, mysticism, philosophy, art, and even sensuality. In one way or another, it is possible […]


Friday Thoughts: The Prophetic Model

“He would sit with the poor and eat with them, and would feed them with his own hand…” “He would not be harsh towards anyone and would accept the apology of the one who sought pardon from him. Of all people, he used to smile the most – except when the Qur’an was being revealed […]

Prophet Muhammad's mosque in Madinah

Branches of Complete Reliance and the Forerunners of Asceticism

The Holy Prophet (may Allah bless he and his family and grant them peace) said: The angel Gabriel (Jibril) came to me and said: “O Prophet of Allah, indeed, Allah has sent me to you with a gift that no one before you has ever been given.” The Prophet asked: “What is it?” He said, […]


Imam Husayn, the Luminary of Justice

by Tavis Adibudeen No other tragedy, expression of grief, resistance to oppression, or liberation from the forces of evil stands out in history as does the tragedy at Karbala. The tale that is woven in the sands of the desert leading to Kufah, Iraq, amidst the traveling caravans and feuding tribes, is one that invokes […]


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In the Pursuit of…

by Tavis Adibudeen As we continue our quests in this life, ultimately we are faced with a powerful question that must be answered. What is it that we pursue? What is the goal of our quest? What is the purpose of our adventure called life? In the numerous pursuits that we enjoy, such as the […]