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    Spring Cleaning for the Soul – In Preparation for Ramadan


    By Lobna Youssef Mulla, MAS Tarbiya Director Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes Cleaning out the closet feels great. You go through all of your stuff, throw away whatever you don’t want, and give away things you don’t need. In the end, you know you are left with more space, a clean area, and peace of mind…. Continue reading »


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    Discomfort and Growth – An Unlikely Partnership


    By Lobna Youssef Mulla Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes “Are you guys uncomfortable?!” yelled the gym cycling instructor. Taking our group silence as an affirmative response, she continued, “Good! You grow from discomfort.” “Hmm, a Tarbiya concept, I thought to myself. ” The connection made me struggle through the class with more motivation. Fast forward… Continue reading »


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    Tarbiya Lessons in “13th”


    By MAS National Tarbiya Department Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes 13th Netflix Original Documentary; 2016; 1 hr 40 min Director: Ava DuVernay Recommended for ages 16+ on Common Sense Media. Disclaimer: This documentary is powerful and extremely educational. However, there are some strong scenes that may be disturbing for some audiences regardless of age. Please… Continue reading »


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    The Adab (Perfection of Character) of Disagreeing


    By Munther El-Alami from Boston Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes In the name of Allah (swt), The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful, “When you’re involved in work for the sake of Allah, one of the greatest fitna (here best translated as temptation) you’ll experience is in dealing with the people you work with.” I heard… Continue reading »


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    Usra-Less


    By Maha Ezzeddine from Detroit Estimated Reading Time: 4 Minutes I’ve attended nine different usras* in four states, trudging through rain, rush hour, and snowstorms; high school, college, grad school, and motherhood; after fajr, after isha, and anytime in between. But for the last two years, I suffered an usra-less spell. The repercussions alarmed me and… Continue reading »


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    Do You Find Yourself Becoming a News Junkie?


    By Fayez Khwaja from Atlanta Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes Do you find yourself turning to the internet often to find out the next bit of news about the presidential transition? Do you find yourself scanning Facebook for the next story posted by this friend or that friend? Ask you yourself why. Always ask why. Why… Continue reading »


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    A Reflection on Hijab


    By Dr. Imad Bayoun Estimated Reading Time: 4 Minutes In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Beneficent Some sisters (including some non-Muslim friends) have asked me recently about the Hijab, and why Muslim women wear it.  This is for them specifically, and everyone interested.  It was not written it out of judgement of… Continue reading »


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    Get a Wird Going


    By Najoa Bouzidi from Dallas Estimated Reading Time 3 Minutes A few months before Ramadan of 2016, I was lost on what I wanted to do with my life, and that’s when I learned about “wird”. A wird, which is essentially a spiritual goal, is meant to be set on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly… Continue reading »


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    6 Ways to do Team Reflection on Common Doubts of Muslims


    By Hana Alasry from MAS Detroit Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes A list of doubts in the Muslim community was recently compiled through the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research. The graphic representing the web of doubts can be found at this website: http://www.yaqeeninstitute.org/publications/modern-pathways-to-doubt-in-islam/ Many times when presented with the data in the website as community organizers,… Continue reading »


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    The Children are Awake: Post-Election Spiritual Lessons


    By Maha Ezzeddine from Detroit Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes We woke our children up with extra gentleness the morning after election day. The night was too long, filled with sad, sleepless thoughts about the road ahead. Calls for optimism filled our social media feed, but many of us were still busy calming the anxiety… Continue reading »