My Personal Quran: Verse-by-Verse Quran Analysis Blog

I just happened to discover the “My Personal Quran” blog today, though it has existed for nearly four years now. In it, brother Hussein examines a new ayah every post sequentially, beginning right from Surah Fatihah, the Opening.

Since the blog first began in December 2004, Hussein has gone through every ayah until early in Surah Nisa, the fourth chapter of the Quran, and is still going strong.

Blog for SISTERS Magazine

Sister Na’ima of SISTERS asked me to inform you about the magazine’s latest blogging initiative, open to both brothers and sisters. The deadline for submission is close, so get writing quick!

Asalaamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu!
Greetings from me, Na’ima B. Robert, and the rest of the team at SISTERS, the magazine for Muslim women.

I am writing to tell you about a very exciting development over at the new SISTERS website.

Every fortnight, we will be featuring an article from a blogger from out there in the blogosphere on a set of topics set by the SISTERS team. The chosen blog entries will be featured on the website, linked from our homepage, in our forum and receive a complimentary pdf of the latest issue.
But now we need your submissions!

So, to kick-start this new feature, we are asking you to ruminate and reflect on the following statements, each inspired by an article in the latest issue of SISTERS:

“Are we taught to be ashamed of our womanhood?”
“Cross-cultural marriages are more trouble than they are worth”
“Marriage in Islam is about duty, not love and romance”

Agree? Disagree? Get writing!
Submissions should be original, up to 600 words and in keeping with ISlamic guidelines. Other than that, feel free to air your views and, hopefully, get some healthy, enlightening debate going on our website.

I look forward to reading your entries. Deadline for submissions is 4th of July.

JazakAllahu khairan

Na’ima B. Robert

PS. Please forward this to other bloggers you know or publicise it on your blogging community websites! Submissions are open to brothers and sisters.

Anwar Al-Awlaki: The Blog!

I am sure many of you are familiar with the inspiring compilation CDs featuring lectures by Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki, who, by Allah’s grace, was released from imprisonment recently. With the help of some brothers, he now has his own blog – I love it when our ulema get with the times, alhamdulillah! :D

His latest entry is just as inspiring as his audio works, as he writes about the positive consequences of his imprisonment:

I was in an underground solitary cell made up of four concrete walls with an iron gate on one side and on the opposite side a small window -rather a hole- covered with iron mesh to allow for some fresh air to come in. I couldn’t see much from it because it was about four meters high. Then there was the roof with a bulb hanging from it which was on continuously day and night. Then the floor with a mattress 2-3 inches thick, a blanket, a worn off pillow, a plastic plate, a bottle for water, and an empty bottle “just in case”. And then there was a Quran…

In this environment there is nothing to do and nothing to read but the Quran, and that is when the Quran reveals it secrets. When the hearts are clean; when there is nothing clouding the spirit, the Quran literally overwhelms the heart.

Footsteps to Hajj

The Footsteps to Paradise organization has created a website to share inspirational stories, tips, and anecdotes pertaining to Hajj.

This blog is dedicated exclusively to topics related to Hajj. We will try to supply you with helpful information as well as stories, poems, and videos. That which is helpful comes from Allah. Any mistakes are our own; may Allah forgive us. Please keep your comments on topic and respectful of others.

Celebrating Gratitude and Happiness

Aaminah of Writeous Sister Speaks has launched a new blog, with the sole purpose of celebrating our gratitude to Allah.

Everyone is invited to contribute by sharing what they are grateful for, in order to create a repository of the many blessings we experience on a daily basis.

Also calling for submissions is the Don’t Be Sad blog, a collection of tips and advice for making each and every day of our life a little more fulfilling.

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