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Photos of 2009 Hajj and Eid

2009 Hajj Photo
2009 Hajj photos
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Check out this cool slideshow of this year's Hajj and Eid photos on Sakina's blog (Sakina is a QuranClub writer). There is also a link to many more photos.

If you want to be a much better Muslim than you are now...

increase your remembrance of Jannah and Jahannam.

A common failing
It is easy for us to forget about the Hereafter, as Allah (swt) says:
كَلَّا بَلْ تُحِبُّونَ الْعَاجِلَةَ (20) وَتَذَرُونَ الْآَخِرَةَ
Indeed you (all) love the fleeting present, while you neglect the Hereafter! [Holy Quran, 75:20,21]
In the above verse Allah (swt) is speaking of the average Muslim.

How to be better than the average
The best believers are those who remember Allah often, and who always think about the Hereafter when they are reminded of Allah.

The Islamic wisdom behind remembering Jannah and Jahnnam often
Remember Paradise often so that it may feel closer. It is hard to be motivated to fulfill your Islamic duties if Paradise feels distant to you. The Quran describes this place to us hundreds of times in the Quran, because Allah knows that this is how humans are motivated to work toward it.

Practical tip
As a Muslim you recite Suratul Fatiha 17 times a day, or more. Verse four of this surah mentions the Day of Judgment. While reciting this verse you have a good opportunity to think about the Hereafter, so use it.

Allah (swt) has glad tidings for you [Quranic verse]

وَمَنْ يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَلْ لَهُ مَخْرَجًا (2) وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ وَمَنْ يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ (3)

...and whoever heeds Allah, He will grant a way out for him (of every difficulty). And He will provide for him in a manner he could never anticipate. And whosoever puts his trust in God, then He will suffice him... [Holy Quran, 65:2,3]

These verses require us to have a whole new way of thinking about life. The Islamic way. What is it? What do these verses tell you?


Other Quranic verses to reflect upon:

The best of both worlds

No—I don’t watch Hannah Montana. I just like that slogan, “best of both worlds”. Believe it or not, a true Muslim will always get the best of both worlds—the best in this life and the best in Heaven.


If you strive for success in this life, Allaah (God) not only rewards you for your dedication by allowing you to succeed, but also Allaah (God) will store some of his blessings and mercy for thou on the Day of Judgement (AKA Payback time), when not a sin will slip or be covered—that day, there will be no chance of bribary. So if your intentions are right, Allaah guarantees ‘the best of both worlds’.

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Happy 'Eyd and Happy Jumu'ah!

Mecca at night

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I just love it when 'Eyd is on a Jumu'ah. It kind of becomes a double-'Eyd. You can choose to pray ‘Eyd and skip Jumu’ah or Pray Jumu’ah and skip ‘Eyd. Or you can pray both—get the best of both worlds. Sometimes you can learn life-long lessons from tween television. No, I’m not advertising, just saying.

Plus, the day becomes even livelier. A person will iron his clothes twice, recite the du’aa of going to the Masjid twice, and so on and so forth.

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What would the sky look like if Earth had Saturn-like rings?

Earth's Saturn rings
Just an interesting idea, and makes me think of how beautiful Allah's creation is.


YouTube via TalkIslam

Astronomy posts on QuranClub

Dirty kids may have healthier skin, scientists say [Parenting]

Mecca at night

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I have always believed that too much cleanliness can harm children (and adults too). Now there is some science to back it up.
Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life.

Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article:

"'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation.

Later on the page a commenter writes:
When I was in college, back in the late 60s and early 70s, a doctor diagnosed my dry, cracked skin and ongoing rashes as the result of too many showers. He recommended only one or two showers a week, with the qualification that any heavy exercise that produced sweating could probably be followed by a shower. I tried following his advice, and the problems cleared up. His explanation is that soap doesn't just clear away dirt and micro-organisms; it also removes surface skin cells and destroys oils, and this isn't too good for the skin.
Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child [Slashdot]

Parenting tips on QuranClub

Beauty of Allah's creation: Clouds on top of clouds, on top of clouds


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Reflect upon this photo (and enjoy the awesomeness) to carry out Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala's command:
قُلِ انْظُرُوا مَاذَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ

SAY [O Muhammad to mankind]: "Look at whatever [that exists] in Heaven and Earth." [Holy Quran, 10:101]

Other photos in the series:

Sayyid Qutb poem: Do not look except to the sky

Mecca at night

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This is a beautiful poem that reminded me of the fact that Allah is our only standard.

We don't need to compare ourselves to others, or worry about what will happen to us. What matters is our relationship with Allah.
My brother, do not look back

Your path has been covered in blood

And do not look here or there

And do not look except to the sky -Sayyid Qutb

“Do not look except to the sky…” [Al-‘Izzatulillah]

Shaykh al-Albaanee and the beard

Sheikh Al-Albani
Sheikh Muhammad Nasiraddin Al-Albanee
I was with him once while he was ill (hospitalized), when one of the doctors (who was clean-shaven) entered (the room).

After giving the Shaykh his medication he hastened to leave, saying:

"Pray for me O Shaykh".

So the Shaykh (rahimahullaah) said:

"May Allaah beautify you with that which he has beautified man."

This story is concerning the Imaam of Hadeeth, Shaykh Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahimahullaah), and how much importance he placed on enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. It has been narrated by Sameer ibn Ameen az-Zuhayree.

From: Muhaddith al-'Asr Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee Page 30.

The blessed days of Dhul-Hijjah

Mecca at night

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As Salamu Alaykoum dear brothers and sisters!

As you may all be aware by now we have entered into the blessed days of Dhul-Hijjah, otherwise known as the month of Hajj.

According to our beloved Prophet Muhamamad (saaw) the first ten days of this month are a special time for devotion. It is during these days that preparations are carried out by the hujjaj (pilgrims), it is also the time in which most of the actual pilgrimage rites occur. In particular, the 9th day of the month marks the Day of Arafat, and the 10th day of the month marks the Eid al-Adha.

Even for those who are not traveling for the pilgrimage, this is a special time to remember Allah and spend extra time in devotion and good deeds.

WasSalaam

Related QuranClub posts:

Islamic parenting: Let your kids have phun with physics

Phun physics sandbox screenshot
Children love to find out how things work. They can find some impressively creative ways of destroying their toys as they carry out high energy physics experiments on them.

We can let them play with this program instead of asking them to stop breaking their toys. They are sure to love it -- and it we will save us some toy replacement money.



It is named Phun 2D Physics Sandbox and is available for Windows Vista, XP and earlier, and also for Mac and Linux. Check out the download page to find a version that fits your computer.

Source: PhunLand [Continuous Alms]

Parenting tips on QuranClub

You cannot please everyone [Hasan Al-Basri quote]

Heavenly cloud

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A man said to Hasan al-Basri (rahimahullah): ‘People sit around you so that they may find fault with you!’

He said, ‘...People are not pleased with their Creator even though He provides for them, so how can they be pleased with another creation like themselves?’


Other quotes on QuranClub:

How to love your wife as a Muslim

How to love your wife as a Muslim video screenshot
As Salamu Alaykoum dear brothers and sisters!

I want to share this amazing reminder for all the brothers who are married. Not only the brothers, in fact anyone can enjoy and benefit from such a prolific video.



WasSalaam

Data for smart Muslims: What laptop brands are the best?

ASUS laptop photo on white background
Some of you might be in the market for a new laptop. I am not. But for those of you who are, here is some information that will help you make a smarter decision when choosing a laptop.

Recently Engadget (a popular gadget blog) released a chart that shows the durability of many popular laptop brands.

Worst laptops
According to the chart, HP, Gateway, and Acer laptops have the highest rate of failures after three years of operation. Stay away from these.

Best laptops
Asus, Toshiba and Sony come on top of the list as the best laptops. They had the lowest rate of failures after three years of operation.


Front page photo source. Chart source.

Intense supplication, no answer!

Little Muslim girl praying

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If you make intense supplication

and the timing of the answer is delayed,

do not despair.

His reply to you is guaranteed;

but in the way He chooses,

not the way you choose,

and at the moment He desires,

not the moment you desire.

More about supplication on QuranClub:

Dirt in a water-jug [Ibn Al-Qayyim quote]

Traveler's water gourd

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Deeds without sincerity are like a traveler who carries dirt in his water-jug. The carrying of it burdens him and it brings no benefit. -Ibn Al-Qayyim.


More from Ibn Al-Qayyim on QuranClub:

The reason they want you to fit in...

Two desaturated pink flowers

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is that once you do, then they can ignore you. -Seth Godin

QuranClub Video: Suratul Fath

Suratul Fath video screenshot
As Salamu Alaykoum dear brothers and sisters!

This is our second video on the QuranClub YouTube channel. Please do feel free to leave your suggestions about what type of videos you would like to view on our channel InshaAllah.

Expect better sound quality in the future.





48.
Victory

In the name of God, the Mercy-giving, the Merciful!

1. We have opened up a clear victory for you so God may forgive you for any offence of yours you have committed previously or whatever you may do later on, complete His favor toward you and guide you along a Straight Road, and so God may support you in a mighty success! He is the One Who sends down Serenity on believers' hearts so they may add faith to the faith they already have.

God [commands] the armies of Heaven and Earth; God is Aware, Wise, so that He may admit believing men and believing women into gardens through which rivers flow, to live there for ever, and to cancel out their evil deeds for them. That will be a supreme Achievement with God, so He may punish hypocritical men and women as well as associating men and women who conjecture such evil about God; on them will fall an evil turn of fortune. God has become angry with them, and has cursed them and prepared Hell for them. How evil is such a goal!

7. God [commands] the armies of Heaven and Earth. God is Powerful Wise! We have sent you as a witness, herald and warner, so you may (all) believe in God and His messenger, and revere and honor Him, and glorify Him morning and evening. The ones who swear allegiance to you merely swear allegiance to God. God's hand rests above their hands, so anyone who breaks his word, only breaks it at his own peril, while We will pay a splendid fee to anyone who fulfils what he has pledged [to do] before God.

10. Those desert Arabs who have held back will tell you: "Our property and our families have kept us busy. Seek forgiveness for us!" They say something with their tongues that is not in their hearts.

SAY: "Who controls anything for you against God, if He should want to cause you any harm, or wants to offer you some advantage? Rather God is Informed about whatever you are doing! Instead you (all) thought that the Messenger and believers would never come home to their families. That [conduct] seemed attractive to your hearts while you thought such evil thoughts and were a worthless folk."

13. We have reserved a Blaze for disbelievers, [such as] anyone who will not believe in God and His messengers. God holds control over Heaven and Earth. He forgives anyone He wishes and punishes anyone He wishes; God is Forgiving, Merciful.

15. The ones who held back will say, once you have set out to take some prizes: "Allow us to follow you!" They want to change God's word. SAY: "You will never follow us! God has already told you so." Next they will say: "Rather you envy us." Instead they only understand a little.

16. Tell those desert Arabs who have held back: "You will be called upon to fight against a folk who are extremely violent; you will fight them unless they surrender. If you obey, God will pay you a handsome fee, while if you turn away just as you turned away before, He will punish you with painful torment." There is no objection for the blind nor is there any objection for the lame, nor any objection for the sick [if they do not fight]. He will show anyone who obeys God and His messenger into gardens through which rivers flow, while He will punish anyone who turns away with painful torment.

18. God was pleased with believers as they swore allegiance to you under the tree. He recognized what was in their hearts and sent down Serenity upon them, and compensated them with a nearby victory as well as many prizes they still may take. God is Powerful, Wise.

20. God has promised you will take many prizes; he furnished these promptly for you and fended men's hands off from you so it might serve as a sign for believers and guide you along a Straight Road; God has already included other things you do not yet have in your possession. God is Capable of everything. If those who disbelieve should ever fight you, they will still turn their backs [and run away]; then they will not find any patron nor supporter, according to God's practice which has occurred before.

24. You will never rind any change in God's practice! He is the One Who fended off their hands from you and your hands from them in the centre of Mecca after He let you vanquish them. God is Observant of anything you do. They are the ones who disbelieved and blocked you from [reaching] the Hallowed Mosque so the offerings were hindered from reaching their destination. If it had not been for some men who believed and some women who believed whom you did not recognize and would have trampled down, an outrage would have afflicted you because of them without [your] even knowing it, so that God will show anyone He wishes into His mercy.

If they had dispersed, We would still have punished those of them who disbelieved with painful torment. While those who disbelieved were setting up fanaticism, the fanaticism of Ignorance in their own hearts, God sent His serenity down upon His messenger and on believers, and obliged them to respect the formula of heedfulness. They were truer to it and much more entitled to it. God is Aware of everything!

27. God has indeed verified the vision for His messenger, so you may enter the Hallowed Mosque safely, if God wishes, with your heads shaven and clipped. Do not fear: He knows what you do not know and grants besides that, a victory nearby. He is the One Who has sent His messenger with guidance and the True Religion so He may have it prevail over all (other) religion. God suffices as a Witness!

29. Muhammad is God's messenger while those who are with him should be strict with disbelievers, merciful among themselves. You will see them bowing down, kneeling, craving bounty and approval from God, Their sign [shows] on their faces from the trace of bowing down on their knees [in worship].

Such is their description in the Torah, while their description in the Gospel is like a field crop which puts forth its shoots so it swells up, till it grows thick enough to stand straight on its stalk in the way farmers admire, so that disbelievers are exasperated by them. God has promised forgiveness and a splendid fee to any of those who believe and perform honorable deeds.

WasSalaam

How to attain Allah's mercy [Tips]

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The Quran has a lot of simple, yet profound, advice for us that we tend to ignore.

Do you find yourself in need of Allah's mercy? Here is how you can get it:
اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ
"Be conscious of Allah so that you may be given mercy." [Holy Quran, 49:10]

We have to think about Allah every now and then if we want to be conscious of Him. If you forget His presence for hours on end, you'll know you are not that conscious of Him.

To improve your consciousness, read more Quran and make it a habit to thank Allah for everything that happens to you during the day.

It might be hard at first not to forget Allah, but as Allah says, your solution is to improve your remembrance of Allah during the times that you DO happen to remember Him:
وَاذْكُرْ رَبَّكَ إِذَا نَسِيتَ وَقُلْ عَسَى أَنْ يَهْدِيَنِ رَبِّي لِأَقْرَبَ مِنْ هَذَا رَشَدًا
"And remember your Lord if you forget Him and say: May my Lord give me better guidance than what I already have." [Holy Quran, 18:24]

Cleaning up KimDonesia's mess

KimDonesia

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As Salamu Alaykoum dear brothers and sisters!

What is going on?
Two YouTube users, KimDonesia and TheVintageGoth, left Islam. We don't know much about TheVintageGoth, so here we'll talk about Kim.

Why did Kim leave Islam?
  • In her last video its evident that she was just tired of Islam. She didn't have an understanding of the Quran and she wasn't ready to give up her previous life for Islam.
  • She couldn't come to terms with the fact that her 'disbeliever' family would go to hell (this is what she says in the video). But according to Islam her family isn't destined for hell. 'Disbelievers' in the Quran are people who know for sure that Islam is the truth, yet they reject it. Her family is not in this category since they don't know much about Islam and have no reason to consider the religion. So if we believe her own words, she left Islam because she misunderstood the term 'disbeliever'. If she doesn't come back to Islam after this issue has been clarified for her, we'll know that this is not the true reason why she left Islam.
  • Or she just entered and left Islam to harm the religion, as mentioned in this Quranic verse.

What should we do about her?
Nothing.

Let's say peace be with her and get over it. Allah is needless of humans, so it is Kim's problem that she left Islam.

And we'll end this with this beautiful verse from the Quran:

"The (faithful) slaves of the Beneficent are they who walk upon the earth modestly, and when the foolish ones address them answer: Peace." (Surat Al-Furqan 25:63)

وَعِبَادُ الرَّحْمَنِ الَّذِينَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ هَوْنًا وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا

WasSalaam - Peace be with you all

The End

The End video screenshot
As Salamu Alaykoum dear brothers and sisters!

No one knows when their end is, but will it be a dark end or will it be the beginning of our real lives?

"Every soul will taste death. Then unto Us ye will be returned"
(Surat Al - Ankabut 29:57)
كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ ثُمَّ إِلَيْنَا تُرْجَعُونَ





WasSalaam

Why you should nurture your ideas [Rumi poem]

Flowers on blue sky

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If an ant seeks the rank of Solomon,
don't smile contemptuously upon its quest.
Everything you possess of skill, and wealth and handicraft,
wasn't it first merely a thought and a quest?
-Rumi

The importance of the Quran

As Salamu Alaykoum brothers and sisters!

I wanted to share this amazing reminder with all of you. The importance of the Quran is somewhat indescribable in words, every word should make us feel closer to Allah (swt).

The Quran is the food for our souls, it provides us with all the essential elements we need for existence.

"And when the Qur'an is recited, give ear to it and pay heed, that ye may obtain mercy"
(Surat Al-Araf 7:204)
وَإِذَا قُرِئَ الْقُرْآَنُ فَاسْتَمِعُوا لَهُ وَأَنْصِتُوا لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ


Translation

Revive the life of your heart with the Quran, so the soul can be reassured with iman
Recite it constantly to invoke from God, the flood of acceptance and clouds of forgiveness

The Quran is the best companion in life; it washes away concerns of the spirit and sentiments
It contains guidance, happiness and satisfaction, and it is the guide to God's paradise

Read, and recite, alert and mindful, and collect from the verses enlightened meanings
Never be diverted from it by constant endeavors, attend to it and beware of deserting it

Perfume with it the horizon of life, the life of a person can be purified by Quran
Our life is straightened with it alone; this Book is the guidance of the confused

Use it to seek closeness to your God, increase the weight of your good deeds with it
Let us all together live with the Quran, in a place where there is guidance, spirituality, and fragrances

WasSalaam

How Muslims, especially Muslim women, can help solve the Islamophobia problem


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وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لِلَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا لَوْ كَانَ خَيْرًا مَا سَبَقُونَا إِلَيْهِ

The ones who disbelieve tell the ones who believe: "If it [Islam] were any good, they would not have gotten to it before us."

This verse shows how some people reject Islam simply because they can't believe that Muslims can be better guided than they are. Reading it inspired me to think about ways to deal with this problem.

We can't reach out to them, since they won't listen to us. They don't respect us. Wiping out a lifetime of anti-Islam training requires a lot of time which they refuse to give to us.

You may ask, how can we help them truly understand Islam then?

We can't. Debating with people with strong opinions is pointless. But the good news is that there are many others who are open to Islam.

Solution
1. Ignore those who dislike Islam.

2. Inform about Islam those who don't have strong anti-Muslim opinions. These are usually younger people of 15 to 25.

3. Muslim women: reach out and interact with non-Muslim women and help them understand Islam. This is probably the most effective Islam awareness activity of all, since women are more open than men to changing their beliefs. Once a non-Muslim woman forms a friendly relationship with a Muslimah, her opinion about Islam will improve greatly.

What do you think is a good way to improve people's opinion about Islam? What has worked best for you?

Why does Allah test us?


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Something that bothers you during the day might actually be an opportunity. A chance for you to become a manifestation of Allah's greatness.
Why do you test someone or something?

To know the worth of the object or person. What do you do with a car when you test drive it? You want to see it’s worth – how well it runs.

But Allah – the one testing you - already knows your worth, so why does He test?

To show others your worth. He, subhanahu wa ta’ala, knows. He wants to show everyone else your worth, subhanAllah. It’s like He’s saying this is My slave, and see how he/she fulfills My tests?

When you think of the people Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tested, who were they? Prophets were tested the most. Then those under them in ranks like the Sahabah, and those under them, and so on.

Who are these people? People whom Allah loves...

In Their Ranks [IGotItCovered.org]

A meeting with Allah

As Salamu Alaykoum my dear brothers and sisters!

As I watched this beautiful video, my tears became unstoppable.


Our time may be very soon, only Allah (swt) knows when. Live everyday as if it is your last.

WasSalaam

Prisoners praying


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May Allah accept their prayers.

The Fledgling


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Narrated Jabir bin 'Abd Allah: "We were with the Prophet when a Companion brought in a fledgling which he had caught, and one of the parent birds came and threw itself into the hands of him who had taken its young.

I saw men's faces full of wonderment, and the Prophet said:
'Do ye wonder at this bird? Ye have taken its young, and it hath thrown itself down in merciful tenderness unto its young. Yet I swear by God, your Lord is more merciful unto you than is this bird unto its fledgling.'

And he told the man to put back the young bird where he had found it."

(Martin Lings, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, p. 208)

Quran: Have forgiveness toward non-Muslims


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Allah asks us to forgive those who disbelieve in Him.
قُلْ لِلَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا يَغْفِرُوا لِلَّذِينَ لَا يَرْجُونَ أَيَّامَ اللَّهِ لِيَجْزِيَ قَوْمًا بِمَا كَانُوا يَكْسِبُونَ (14) مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلِنَفْسِهِ وَمَنْ أَسَاءَ فَعَلَيْهَا ثُمَّ إِلَى رَبِّكُمْ تُرْجَعُونَ (15)

14. Tell those who believe to forgive those who do not long for Allah's days (i.e. disbelievers and faithless people who do not expect to be resurrected on the Day of Judgment), so He may reward a folk according to what it has earned.

15. Anyone who acts honorably, acts on his own behalf; while whoever commits evil will find it stands against him; then to your Lord shall you (all) return. [Holy Quran, 45:14,15]

We humans do not have the permission to punish others for what they believe. It is Allah who will deal with them, on the Day of Judgment.

Our job is to forgive them, because this can lead them to the correct path.

This week's most popular posts


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This week we revealed the mystery of the Mayan calendar, we compared the way Allah (swt) sees us to the way we see children, we broadcast a beautiful Islamic children's song, we also broadcast QuranClub's first ever video, we asked you whether we are just blindly following traditions, we posted the Torah and Bible's beautiful description of Prophet Muhammad, and much, much more.
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