Wisdom from Khwaja Abdullah Ansari

“And say: My Lord, make me enter a truthful entering and make me go forth a truthful going forth,” so that I will see Your strength and power when You make me enter, and will submit and conform myself to You when You make me go out.  Give me an authority from You, an ally that helps me that helps me or that helps others through me, but not one that goes against me: one that helps me against self-regard and extinguishes me from the realm of my senses.

From “Intimate Conversations” by Khwaja Abdullah Ansari (May Allah be pleased with him).  You can purchase this amazing book from Amazon at the following link: Ibn ‘Ata’llah and Khwaja Abdullah Ansari 


Zhikr with Al-Madina Institute from November 7th, 2013

For more information on Al-Madina Institute, please visit http://almadinainstitute.org . Thank you.

This is an original recording of zhikr or remembrance of Allah and His Prophet Muhammad from November 7, 2013. This was performed by members of Al-Madina Institute. The chants consist of prayers and the repetition of the Islamic profession of faith, “La Ilaha Ilallah” (“There is no god but Allah”). The zhikr, or remembrance, continues with the repetition of the Prophet Muhammad’s name (Peace and Blessings Upon Him) and title as messenger of Prophet, as well as the repetition of “Alayhe Salatulah” (Upon him be the blessings of Allah”), and the exclamation of “La Ila ha ilala” (“There is no god but Allah”). It is my hope that you find this spiritually beneficial, and that it brings you peace and closer to Truth. Ameen. Thank you.

The Pious Alim | Al-Madina Institute Blog

Please check out Al-Madina Institute’s blog at http://almadinainstitute.org/blog  and

check out the following post on a wonderful teacher, scholar, and spiritual sage, Shaikh Muhammad Emin Er, May Allah be pleased with him:

The Pious Alim | Al-Madina Institute Blog.

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Yusuf Islam’s New Track “My People” is Available For Free On Amazon



Yusuf Islam’s new track, entitled “My People”, is available as a free download from Amazon.com.  Just click the image above or follow this link to download the mp3:




The State of T-Shirts At ISNA 2013

Here is a look at a selection of the panoply of creative t-shirts that were exhibited by an array of new and fresh young designers at the ISNA convention this weekend in Washington, DC.  Thanks.

Here is a t-shirt by new fashion company Sidikii Clothing Co. (http://www.sidikii.com).

Here is a t-shirt by new fashion company Sidikii Clothing Co. (http://www.sidikii.com).  They offer high quality t-shirts with messages like “Just dua it” (Just pray for it) and other classy styles.

Islamic Swag (http://www.islamicswag.com/) offers a variety of t-shirts with cool messages like “Stop Wars”, “Keep Smiling It’s Sunnah” and “I’m fly coz my iman is high”.

Islamic Swag (http://www.islamicswag.com/) offers these  handsome varieties of t-shirts that were a hit with young hipsters.

Islamic Swag (http://www.islamicswag.com/) offers these handsome varieties of t-shirts that were a hit with young hipsters.


My Qays (https://myqays.com/index.php/qays-clothing-tpc/graphic-tees) offers printing services as well as a selection of Islamic themed shirts and apparel made from high quality material that will last.


The National Muslim Basketball Tournament (http://www.nmbt.org/) came out and brought their basketball skills to the table with a panoply of colorful t-shirts and jerseys.


The Return of the Strangers brought a unique and eclectic selection of t-shirts, many of which touch upon poignant currents in society. Check them out at http://www.returnofthestrangers.com/.

Saleem Safdar and friends at ISNA 2013.

ISNA is a great place to make new friends and learn about Islam in America. I am on the far left and am rocking the Muhammad Shirt by by Sidikii Clothing Co. You can see the Muhammad shirt at http://www.sidikii.com/MHMD-PBUH_p_35.html.

Pakistani Fashion by Junaid Jamshed


It’s the first time I’m ever recommending a product line on MeccaStars but rest assured that the product I am recommending is one you will be fully satisfied with.

If you know any Indian, Pakistani or Bengali people (basically anyone from South Asia) you may at some point have to attend an event such as a party or a function where people will be dressed in South Asian garb.  For men, that usually consists of an outfit called a shalwar kameez (loose pant and shirt).

Even if you don’t have a special occasion to attend, shalwar kameez are extremely comfortable as casual wear, to lounge around in on a lazy afternoon in the comfort of your own home.  I promise once you try on your first shalwar kameez, you will know what it means to be able to breathe again!

Shalwar Kameezes can range from casual to formal and everything in between.  I’ve also seen some people wear the top (a kameez) with jeans, and it doesn’t look bad.  Anyway, regardless of how you wear it – it always looks better when you wear something you know was made of high quality craftsmanship.

It’s for this reason that I recommend you try out Junaid Jamshed’s line of shalwar kameez.  It is well known that Pakistani tailors are some of the best in the world.  Many people in the fashion know go to Pakistan to get their clothes tailored by tailors who have grown up in families whose legacy has been crafting the best clothing money can buy.  Pakistan’s textile industry has always been a boon to its economy, and as a result Pakistan enjoys one of the most active and vibrant fashion industries in the world.  In Pakistan’s highly competitive fashion world, Junaid Jamshed has carved a distinct and reputable name for himself and his brand.  A former Pakistani rock star of the famous Vital Signs, Jamshed translated his passion in perfecting his musical craft into expert skills in clothing design.  His sense of aesthetics and practicality balance out nicely in his line of clothing for men.  Please check out Junaid Jamshed’s line of clothing, perfume and other items at http://www.junaidjamshed.net.  Thanks!