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Six Tips for a Closer Relationship with Allah

By: Shannon Abulnasr

 

Whether you were born and raised in Islam, or accepted Islam later in life, there will possibly be times where we will feel a disconnection between us and Allah.

Allah gave us the Quran as divine instruction and wisdom that will never lead us astray. Allah gave it to us as a guide to never stray from Him.

If we feel a disconnection between us and God, it is not because of Him, but usually due to lack of diligence in ourselves. We got lost somewhere because we stopped following the guidebook God gave us. 

"And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided." (Qur'an 3:103)

If we stick to the guidance of Allah (holding onto the rope He gave us to save us), we will always have a close relationship with Him.  It is when we forget that we have a rope there for us to use that we start to feel disconnected.

To gain a closer relationship with Allah, we must purify our hearts and minds and obtain tawqa (shielding oneself against sin) and live our lives with ihsan (when you live and worship Allah as if you see Him and He sees you.)

Ihsan also encompasses observing good behavior, sincerity, kindness to all people, and do everything in excellence.

So how can one actually acquire these traits and get closer to Allah?

 

Read more: Six Tips for a Closer Relationship with Allah

 

Pet wars

By Theresa Corbin

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQZgTIePmBkQzOaQIJuA8KjK5_lQ31npu9qCdJFHwI9AEQ45_5DThere is a Western cultural perception that people are either cat people or dog people. Whether or not this is true, we can look to Islam to guide us in all matters, even in our dealings with pets.

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