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How to thank another Muslim correctly

There are different ways of thanking another Muslim and people use different forms. JazakAllahu Khayran, JazakAllah or Jzk: which one's the correct form? The purpose of this article is to explore which is the correct form and the one that should be adopted by all Muslims.

Quranic.info: A new Qur-ân Search Tool

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To rekindle our bond with the Qur-ân, we have set up a new website: http://Quranic.info - a Qur-ân Search Tool. The ultimate aim of the tool is to allow users to search for any word or words contained within the Qur-ân and have all the knowledge pertaining to their search term at their fingertips.

Tips for al-Haramayn

Masjid al-Harâm in Makkah al-Mukarramah
For the benefit of those intending to perform Hajj (and 'Umrah), here's a list of tips (Dos/Don'ts) to ensure the time spent in the blessed lands is time well spent. The tips cover a wide range of areas - from what to do when flying to the Holy Lands to how to shop - all with the aim of ensuring you spend your time as best as you can, inshâ-Allâh.

Eid Salâh at the Musallâ: A Forgotten Sunnah

Open field aka Musallâ
The majority of Muslims in the West - if not the world - perform their 'Eid Salâh in the Masjid and consider this to be the recommended practice. The actual Sunnah is to perform it in an open field outside the inhabited area of the town or city, which is known as a Musallâ (or 'Eidgâh). One thing is clear: Rasûlullâh SallAllâhu 'alayhi wasallam and the Khulafâ ar-Râshidoon (the rightly-guided Caliphs) used to perform the 'Eid Salâh in the Musallâ and it is for this reason that many of the 'ulamâ have stated that to perform Salâh at the Musallâ is an emphasised Sunnah. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the Muslims of each town/city to arrange for one, otherwise all the inhabitants would be held accountable.

Who Should Lead Tarâweeh?

Mihrâb where the Imâm stands
As Muslims, and followers of the Qur-ân, the least we owe the Qur-ân is that we should care about who recites it and how it is recited during the tarâweeḥ salâh in our Masâjid. Being passive in this regard and accepting the norm - albeit reluctantly - means that frankly we are falling short of fulfilling our responsibility towards the Word of Allâh.

Tarâweeh in Haste

Fast Taraweeh
The mindset of tarâweeḥ salâh having to be performed at exceptional speeds is deeply engrained in a large part of the Muslim Ummah, particularly in those communities where Arabic is not spoken or understood. What is the purpose of tarâweeḥ salâh anyway? Is it simply a burden that has to be gotten rid of as quickly as it was laid on one's shoulders? There are people who travel miles to go to a Masjid infamous for its speedy tarâweeḥ only to get home later than someone who was to attend his local Masjid. What does this prove other than the lack of desire to stand in front of Allâh Ta'âlâ or inattentiveness towards, and lack of interest in, the Qur-ân?

Forum Etiquette

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Here are some pertinent points worth observing when posting/debating on forums:

    - Do not post non-Islamic (non-mubâḥ) naughty stuff
    - Try to refrain from using emoticons/smilies (excessive use is just childish)
    - Do not link to an article or piece of news without verifying its contents first
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