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tdj website

Yesterday I launched The Dua Journal's new website. Today, sitting around the table with my big family randomly taking pictures of my beautiful mother who glowed especially today, I got a notice of my very very first sale, pre-order of The Dua Journal. My tears rolled down my face. I have been involved in this journey of The Dua Journal for a year now.  For months, I thought about how to put my ideas together. I knew I needed to do this, but wasn't sure if I should or not. And today, getting that notice, gave me reassurance. It felt deep inside as a seal of approval from Allah that I was on the right path.   It felt as...

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practices

During a conversation with colleagues, a topic of shelled fish came up. I shared that I recently learned that shelled fish are haram. They commented that shelled fish are also not kosher and that many Islamic practices are similar to those of Judaism. I said yes, actually food restrictions existed for all three scriptural religions but somehow got lost along the way in Christianity. A particular Christian colleague explained in agreement that many restrictions were dropped to make the faith more 'accessible' for non-Christians. That is, easier to pick up for converts. That is, easier to draw people to the faith. Essentially, to grow the faith, they lost the faith. Astray. Living in the West, we are becoming more and...

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meditation

Meditation unfortunately gets a bad rep with Muslims because it is supposedly a Buddhist practice. It's far from it. Dump everything you ever thought about meditation. Prophet Muhammad (saws) meditated regularly. It's not about sitting a certain way or doing a certain thing. The main goals is to stop thinking, breath deeply, and observe. Just observe. This is the only way to open your heart to the grace of Allah. Otherwise, you keep doing and doing without getting the true experience of Allah.

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reminder

Do you find yourself making the same mistakes over and over again? Take a few minutes in solitude and have a sincere conversation with Allah.  What was the trigger? What was the instant reward that drew you in? Why do you feel bad?    Watch the situation from the outside. How does your behavior look?  What will you do to avoid this situation next time? Set a daily reminder on your phone with a keyword that will remind you of your promise to Allah.   Remember always: Allah is all-forgiving and the only one that can help you through smallest and the biggest matters.

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nourishing worship

What does 'nourishing worship' mean to you?  Before you even get into the rituals and recitations, there is worship. Your relationship with Allah.  The closeness you feel to him.   Feeling Allah's love through everything and everyone that he has placed around you.   Feel the stability that comes with his permanence. The hope that comes with his promises.   The patience that comes with his stories.   The surrender that comes with his names.   All this is nourishing.  How does Allah make you feel?  Are you worshiping based on fear or what was asked of you... or are you worshiping based on love?

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