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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

First thing I do when I wake up: check my phone. Second thing I do: Pray.

It was a Friday morning when I reached over to pull my phone loose from it’s charging wire. I’ll admit, I wasn’t as gentle as I should’ve been and my wire could’ve easily broken. But hey, I was still groggy and half asleep.

On this particular day I chose to check my Instagram feed first. I was scrolling down past photos of my friends, when my eyes landed on a quote that one of my muslim sisters had posted:

“What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you had thanked God for the night before?”

Instantly, I thought back to yesterday and ran through my memories to see if I had said AlhamdulAllah for anything. As my eyes wandered my room, a sinking feeling hit me and I realized that I had literally not thanked God for a single thing in my life. Not just yesterday, but in a long time, because I couldn’t remember a single recent event where I had said it.

With shame, I slowly looked around my room and took in just how blessed I was—still am.

I had all the necessities, with many luxuries mixed in. My guitar and piano and Playstation 4 and laptop and Nike shoes and skateboard all stood as living proof that I had more than what I needed. And I mean sure I would thank my mom when she buys these things for me, but I’ve never thought of extending my gratitude beyond that.

Now, everyday after prayer, I take a quick moment to thank Allah (SWT) for at least three things, and I encourage you all to do the same.

They can be anything. Whether they hold a big or small place in your heart. Literally thank Him for the first things that pops into your head. Usually, I end up thanking Him for more than three things, because one thing leads to another, and I’m left sitting there just overwhelmed with how much I have to be grateful for.

Today I thanked God for: my health, my family, and my books.

What have you thanked Him for today?


Welcome to the first Spotlight Saturdays post! This post was written by a sister who wants to remain anonymous but nonetheless wanted to get across this beautiful message of gratitude through her story. Hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed reading and sharing it with you! If you have a story you would like to share for next Saturday, or any Saturday (regardless of length) send it to me HERE. Don’t be shy!! :))

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Who else watches Adam Saleh? I love his videos, and I picked out this video from his Vlog channel because I thought it’s pretty cool.

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Why I WONT Pray for Paris because Im Muslim

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بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

Within minutes of the Paris tragedy, news and social media erupted into a frenzy regarding everything that dealt with the attacks, and the hashtag #PrayForParis was trending everywhere.

As much as I would love to take part in this, I cant, I wont.

I will not pray for Paris because Im Muslim.

I can already imagine any anti-Islamist and Islamaphobe reading this pointing a finger at me and rejoicing, saying I knew it, I knew it. I knew you Muslims were disgusting and despicable. Continue reading

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Why Eating Halal Doesn’t Suck

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بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

I eat Halal, meaning that often times, I can not eat meat depending on where I’am eating, and places like McDonald’s and Burger King are considered out of network for me, since the only thing I can eat there is their salads and fish sandwiches.

Actually, most places, are out of network for me. As a result I often have friends, both Non-Muslims and Muslims who don’t eat halal, end up feeling bad for me. And often times my Muslim friends who don’t eat Halal will try to tell me there’s no point in eating Halal and that there isn’t a difference, and that if I just say “bismiLah” (In the Name of God) before eating, then it’s all good. But is it? Continue reading

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The media loves the idea of Jews and Muslims hating each other. They love portraying it and focusing their lense on any person or act of hate towards the other to further support this idea and image, making it seem like thats the norm. However, aside from the lenses of the big screen, some students did a video of Jews and Muslims praying together, showing that thats not always the case, and that our different faiths can become a common ground for us to unite over. Beautiful video.👌🏼

 

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The “Racist” Man at Target

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    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

Two weeks ago, my cousin and I had been on the search for several decoration pieces at target. Somehwere along our search, we had gotten distracted and were browsing through the clothing section when an old man approached us, and asked if we could answer a question for him. Upon agreeing to answer, he began to tell us about the “masked” lady that he saw, motioning with his hands to cover his face, trying to recreate the image of the niqabi woman he had seen walk by earlier in the store.

“Why do they do it?” he wondered. Continue reading

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Today’s thought for the day is: What if Everyone was a perfect Muslim?

What do you think the world would look like, if everyone was a perfect Muslim? What would change in the world? What are some things that would be different about society and the general way that things are done?

Personally I think the result would be less exciting, but more full-filling lives, like for example, I think for things like movies, there won’t be people doing all that haram stuff and putting themselves out there in R rated movies, which would make the media sector much more boring (in my opinon) but then in exchange for that, one, we won’t spend so much time on it, two, we won’t have to try to live up to unrealistic standards, and therefore have less insecurities and we won’t feel like we are missing out on much (like all that drinking and partying they do on movies and the way it makes you feel like your spending your time wrong), and the content will help us grow as individuals since it won’t just be about partying and sex anymore.

Feel free to share your opinions in the comment section, very curious to see what other will come up with!

Thought for the Day: What if everyone was a perfect Muslim?

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