The Qur’an is Easy to Remember: Part 3


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times

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Allah repeats in Surah Al-Qamar, Chapter 54 verse 32:

“And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?”

Here are 6 more tips towards starting and maintaining the journey of memorizing the Qur’an:

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Why do Muslims Love the Prophet Muhammad (saw)?


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times

Allah (swt) says in Surah Al-Anbiyaa (“The Prophets”) Chapter 21 verse 107:

“And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.”

Over the past few months, the issue of the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) has come to the forefront once again with an independent video on Youtube.  Echoes of the Danish cartoon controversy have come back to haunt us, and Muslims across the globe have unfortunately made the same mistake in their response.  As most of you already know, love of the Prophet (saw) has led some to anger and hate towards those who mock him, leading to protests and violence across the world.  It remains uncertain whether or not the death of Chris Stevens, former U.S. ambassador to Libya, along with other innocents is the unfortunate byproduct of the response to this hate speech; however, one thing stands clear: We as Muslims have forgotten and have been negligent of taking care in following the example of the Prophet (saw).

Nevertheless, the question on everyone’s mind remains:

What is it about the depiction of the Prophet (saw) that ticks Muslims off so much?

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What Medicine has Taught me About Death Part II


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times

Part I

Allah (swt) says in Surah An-Nisa Chapter 4 verse 78:

“Wherever you may be, death will overtake you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction. But if good comes to them, they say, “This is from Allah “; and if evil befalls them, they say, “This is from you.” Say, “All [things] are from Allah .” So what is [the matter] with those people that they can hardly understand any statement?”

In medicine, as blasphemous as it sounds, some people may have a chance to choose the way they will die.   A man diagnosed with terminal (not curable) cancer may choose to spend his final days within the confines of the hospital and have all life supporting measures in place because he hangs on to the hope of returning home and having one last meal with his family.  Another may choose hospice and take all measures to pass comfortably in his home.  And others will have no say in the matter, instead the family will need to come together to make that difficult decision to stop the ventilator and let nature take its course.

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Labor and Delivery: My Reflections after Delivering a Baby


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times

Allah (swt) says in Surah Al-Hajj Chapter 22, verse 5:

“O People, if you should be in doubt about the Resurrection, then [consider that] indeed, We created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop, then from a clinging clot, and then from a lump of flesh, formed and unformed – that We may show you. And We settle in the wombs whom We will for a specified term, then We bring you out as a child, and then [We develop you] that you may reach your [time of] maturity. And among you is he who is taken in [early] death, and among you is he who is returned to the most decrepit [old] age so that he knows, after [once having] knowledge, nothing. And you see the earth barren, but when We send down upon it rain, it quivers and swells and grows [something] of every beautiful kind.”

Ob/Gyn can be quite a drag, especially when you’re not really interested in the field (or have multiple board exams to prepare for), or when you’re stuck in the hospital on a Saturday, the last day of Ramadan, and the day before ‘Eid.  In a moment of frustration, I logged onto Facebook (because I can’t vent at the wall in the lonely study room) and posted a status summing up my “I want to go home” mentalility.

Bored out of my mind and not wanting to study, I quickly looked over to the Labor & Delivery board to check the status of how far along the pregnant patients were in labor (I’ll spare you the details of how this is determined).  Since they were still a little far off, I decided to take a break and get some fresh air outside of the hospital and call home.  As I leisurely strolled out and took my time to chat it up with the family, I got a text- immediately I knew what it was for.  It read: “Delivery now.”

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You may not be a Scholar, but your Words still Matter


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times

On the authority of Tamim ad-Dari who reported that the Prophet (saw) said:

“Ad-Deen (The Religion) is Naseehah (sincerity, well wishing).”  Upon this we said: “For whom?” He (saw) replied: “For Allah, His Book, His Messenger and for the leaders and the general Muslims.” (Sahih Muslim Book 1 Number 0098)

Among all of the wonderful Islamic personalities we have today, to name a few, Zakir Naik, Yasir Qadhi, Nouman Ali Khan, Siraj Wahhaj, Suhaib Webb, the countless others who teach them in institutions like Madinah and Azhar, and the rising number of young “super” students of knowledge, it’s easy to sit back and say: “How can I possibly compare?”  As an “average” Muslim, what can my contribution possibly be compared to the men and women of the present who carry the legacies of the great scholars of the past?

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