The ability to make dua is one of the things I love most about Islam. You can speak to the one who's in control of all that may cause you stress, whenever you want to.
photo by Jocelyn Maloney I decided to take an additional week off after the holiday to spend time with someone special. Kicking back after Christma...
It is about being 21 years old and knowing that something HAD to change. And quick. It is about being 21 years old and having had too many close calls. It is about being too old for those short years.
Here are some ways you can start practicing gratitude today:
If God is both good and omnipotent, why would God need to be persuaded by even a single prayer to heal someone? Shouldn't God just heal them without being asked, if God has the ability?
For decades, each new year found me ramping up a new set of resolutions. I was going to lose weight, be more patient... Then it dawned on me -- after ...
When I look back at my younger self that year in Chicago and all the unrest that followed, I see those years as my greatest achievement. Those were the years I broke through my comfort zone and dared to dream.
The Virgin Mary exemplifies the perfect mother's love. Some of us might see this perfection reflected in our own mothers, through their humble spirit, and deep love and devotion to God, as they put their children's needs before their own.
I think if I had a special power besides cloning myself, it would be changing other people. There is nothing more difficult than watching people you love make mistakes that you know are only hurting them.
As you continue to interact with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, consider exercising caution when criticizing devotional practices that are foreign or seem insufficient to another manner of worship.
There are a lot of tasks and responsibilities that we face, some good, some necessary, and some just distractions. But recently I discovered a small daily practice that has helped me feel like every day is worthwhile and fulfilling.
It's a brand new year, which means we will all face brand new challenges. But before you decide to bury your head in defeat, here are five ways to win in 2016 from a Biblical perspective.
Coming face to face with raw violence changes a person's vision of the world. In this new, unsafe world, threats are everywhere and hyper-vigilance is the new normal. Can carrying a gun help a person feel safer? Can it, at least, give us back our illusion of safety?
The description of God changes through the prism of every human culture, but one profound universal similarity can be discerned among most cultures: God (one or many), holds dominion over the universe, including a tiny subset, Earth.
I used to pray for the saving of my soul, but now I pray for the shoring up of my heart; because for me it's not about being saved. It's about being human. Be it prayer to god or to the great unknown, in grief or in gratitude, by rote or from our heart, it is all sacred.
Jewish people reread the book of Genesis each year during the fall into the beginning of winter in synagogue. Christians and Muslims turn to these stories as well. What are we supposed to learn from this book of Scripture?