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Building Good Character

Sincerity: Is Our Motive Purely for God, or for Others Too?

By Abu Aaliyah
“‘Sincerity is to single-out the Real [God] as the sole object of devotion. Meaning that one desires by their obedience to draw closer to God, exalted is He, to the exclusion of all else, such as making a show [of one’s piety] for people; seeking their praise; taking pleasure in their compliments; or other such things besides drawing closer to God, exalted is He. It is right to say that sincerity is: Purifying the act from creation having any share in it.’

Khutbah by New Zealand Imam, 22 March 2019

By Imam Gamal Fouda
“To the families of the victims, your loved ones did not die in vain. Their blood has watered the seeds of hope. Through them, the world will see the beauty of Islam, and the beauty of our unity. And Allah the Almighty says “do not say of those who have been killed in the way of Allah that they are dead, they are alive rejoicing with their Lord.” (3;169), They were the best of us, taken from us on the best of days, in the best of places and performing the best of actions. And they are not just martyrs of Islam, but they are martyrs for this nation.”

New Zealand killings – some reminders for Muslims

By Arshad Gamiet
“We must take what steps we can to keep safe. But we must never be provoked to retaliate. It really takes a lot more courage and self-discipline to resist provocation. Remember that when you control your anger, when you restrain our desire for revenge, then Allah opens the doors to His Mercy…”

The dignity and forbearance of our brothers and sisters in New Zealand have shown us how to win respect and support from our neighbours. This would never happen if we allow others to push our buttons, to provoke us into behaving badly.”

Three Christians and the Prophet of Islam

By Arshad Gamiet
“Remember that whenever believers of one faith treat believers of another faith with kindness and respect, they are also showing a courtesy to God, to Allah…”

Destructive effects of social media and gaming addiction

By Dr Zubair Chaudhry
This is a timely warning from a professional Psychiatrist. He takes us on an imaginary journey through Cyberspace, to visit the real dangers faced by millions of internet users around the world. He warns that unless we use the internet wisely, we risk being drawn into its ‘darker side’ that undermines our spiritual and moral well-being. We risk losing our very humanity…

How to be a mindful Muslim

By The Yaqeen Institute.
“Muraqabah is more than just a state of Secular mindfulness. Muraqabah also includes the awareness of Allah (taqwa). It requires daily rigorous training to ensure that quiet contemplation cultivates constant Allah awareness.