2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]

Having Good Thoughts(Husn al-Zann) of Allah in Testing times

Having Good Thoughts (Ḥusn al-Ẓann) of Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) in Times of Trial & Affliction Jābir b. ʿAbd Allāh al-Ansāri relates that he heard Allāh’s Messenger (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) say three days before his death: “None of you should die except whilst assuming the best about Allāh.“[1] As Muslims, we should always assume […]

What comes after the ten blessed days of Dhul Hijjah?

What comes after the ten blessed days of Dhul Hijjah? Did you do your best the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, benefiting from the time good deeds are most beloved to Allah ‘azza wa jall? Guess what? A sign of Allah accepting your good deeds is that He enables you to continue doing them. […]

Hajj: Tips and Reflections

Hajj: Tips and Reflections 9/16/2014 -By: Jarir N Dirini ( This is the most important and dramatic event in a Muslim’s life. Accordingly, you must prepare yourself for this holy journey. I would like to share with you few tips that might help ease some of the difficulties that you might encounter. Beforehand, I would like […]

15 ways to bring Hajj to you NOW!

15 ways to bring Hajj to you NOW! When I watched the intro video of the ‘Hajj: from Ritual to Spiritual’ course it reminded me of my Hajj.  I never saw a course like this, focused on understanding Hajj. I only watched some ‘prep videos’ online, you know, the ones telling you what to pack […]

Six parts of the Talbiyah: taste its sweetness!

 Six parts of the Talbiyah: taste its sweetness! by Dr. Abdulazeez Abdulraheem – Understand Quran Academy Once you enter the state of Ihram for Hajj or Umrah, you start reciting the Talbiyah. Because you will recite it perhaps hundreds of times, it is extremely important and useful to know the beautiful dimensions of the Talbiyah. […]

Lessons from prophets

When u are hurt by the people who share blood relations with u , recall Yousuf عليه الصلاة والسلام who was also betrayed by his brothers. When u find ur parents opposing u (in deen) recall Ibraheem عليه الصلاة والسلام who was opposed by his own father. When u are mocked and abused by ur […]