Charity is important. Some of us are blessed with abundance; others are less fortunate. We Muslims are instructed to give in charity, and we believe that abundance is something God tests us with, to see what we’re going to do with it. I’ve probably written about charity before, and will likely get more into it […]
Today is the last day of my 30s. Insofar as 40 is the new 30, is it perhaps equally accurate to say this is the last day of my 20s? Of that, I have my doubts, and, anyway, I’m very happy to (finally?) be older. And I wouldn’t want to go back even a week, […]
In three days, I’ll turn 40 years old… I worry about this some, or, rather, not worry, but feel a sense of… something, a melancholia of sorts, maybe, and I’m not really sure what to make of it, or what it means. What’s so different about 40?
In downtown Eureka Springs, there are all these old houses, perched on the side of the hill, hanging off into space. I used to wonder how they were held up, why they didn’t go sliding down the side, but, then, I’d never looked round the back of any of them, and I was young. These […]
All that you love in this world—your spouse, children, and parents, your job, maybe, your toys, Oreo cookies, whatever—it’s all but a passing fancy, really. Something far better is waiting for us…
Allah makes it clear to us, over and over again… وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ اللَّيْلُ وَالنَّهَارُ وَالشَّمْسُ وَالْقَمَرُ ۚ لَا تَسْجُدُوا لِلشَّمْسِ وَلَا لِلْقَمَرِ وَاسْجُدُوا لِلَّهِ الَّذِي خَلَقَهُنَّ إِن كُنتُمْ إِيَّاهُ تَعْبُدُونَ And of His signs are the night and day and the sun and moon. Do not prostrate to the sun or to the moon, but […]
Over and over again, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala gives us the formula for success: believe do righteous deeds