10 Ways to Cultivate Good Gut Bacteria and Reduce Depression

We are all born with genes that predispose us to all kinds of things–in my case, most of the psychiatric illnesses listed in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition). And while we have some control over the way our genes express themselves or “turn on” – a new science called epigenetics—we are more or…


Etiquettes of Eid ul Fitr & Adhaa

Seekers of Knowledge

Q) What are the Sunnahs and etiquettes that we should act in accordance with on the day of Eid?.

A)Praise be to Allaah.  

The Sunnahs that the Muslim should observe on the day of Eid are as follows:

1 – Doing ghusl before going out to the prayer.

It was narrated in a saheeh hadeeth in al-Muwatta’ and elsewhere that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar used to do ghusl on the day of al-Fitr before going out to the prayer-place in the morning. Al-Muwatta’ 428.

Al- Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said that the Muslims were unanimously agreed that it is mustahabb to do ghusl for Eid prayer.

The reason why it is mustahabb is the same reason as that for doing ghusl before Jumu’ah and other public gatherings. Rather on Eid the reason is even stronger.

2 – Eating before going out to pray on Eid al-Fitr…

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It’s the Most Difficult Time of The Year


graphic by Kaighla Um Dayo graphic by Kaighla Um Dayo

Composed by Kaighla Um Dayo (Based on the original song by George Wyle and Edward Pola)

It’s the most difficult time of the year!

There are kids in the masjid

they’re running and screaming

and no one seems to caaaaare.

It’s the most difficult time of the year.

It’s the lone-loneliest season of all!

Empty ‘Eid greetings and promises of meeting

and you know they won’t caaaallll.

It’s the lone-loneliest season of all!

There are parties for Desis

and weddings for Arabs

and great times for all except you.

There are family traditions

and old inside stories

and no one is noticing youuuuu!

It’s the most difficult time of the year

There are marriage proposals

and baby announcements,

and you’re still living aloooone.

It’s the most difficult time of the year!

Now, if you’re a new Muslim

and ‘Eid isn’t Christmas

and you’re missing your…

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Could Depression Be an Allergic Reaction?

Most people are still locked into the theory that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain – a shortage of feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin that deliver messages from one neuron to another. That explanation works well for public consumption because it’s simple and it makes for great pharmaceutical commercials. But depression is…


Ramadan, My Dear Guest, I’m Sorry

Originally posted on Verse By Verse Qur’an Study Circle:By Yaser Birjas Imagine, for a whole year you have been expecting an honorable guest to come to your place, and then finally he arrives. He is kind, generous, and the most beloved. For twenty-nine or thirty days, you have developed an emotional relation with…


Ruling on Prayer of Eid coinciding with day of Jum’ah

Seekers of Knowledge

Q) Praise be to Allah alone, and blessings and peace be upon the one after whom there is no Prophet and upon his family and companions. To proceed: there have been many questions regarding the case when the day of Eid happens to be a Friday and the two Eids come together: Eid al-Fitr or al-Adha and the “eid” of Friday (Jumu‘ah), which is the weekly “eid”. Is Jumu‘ah prayer obligatory for the one who attended Eid prayer, or is it the case that the Eid prayer is sufficient and he can pray Zuhr instead of Jumu‘ah? Should the adhaan for Zuhr prayer be given in the mosques or not? And there are other questions. So the Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas has decided to issue the following fatwa:

A) Praise be to Allah.

Concerning this issue, there are a number of marfoo‘ hadiths and mawqoof reports…

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