Abul Baraa

Abul Baraa studied Chemical Engineering at UCL, and now works full time for a major Engineering firm. Throughout his time at university, he was involved in Islamic Society da'wah and wrote a number of articles for the society's periodic newsletter. Abul Baraa is a firm believer of the necessity to continue Islamic Studies throughout working life, and is a regular attendee of a number of weekly circles. He has completed an in-depth study of Imām al-Nawawi's 40 hadīth with Ustādh Alomgir Ali, and has created a blog with summarised bullet-point commentary on each hadīth, which can be found on www.hadithcommentary.wordpress.com.
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Continue glorifying Allāh after Ramadān!

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"I'm a changed person now! I'll ensure I always pray on time, and in the masjid where possible. I'll pray all my sunnah prayers, read the Qur’ān every day, and attend weekly classes." Does this sound familiar? Did you say or think something similar towards the end of Ramadān? Ramadān is a month of many blessings, as Allāh gives us another chance to return to Him, to do more good, and to change ourselves. During Ramadān, the shayātīn are locked up, and their whispering is far from our ears, so we sin less, and kick evil and the shaytān out

In the Fiqh of the Rat Race

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Balancing work with seeking Islamic knowledge Getting a job and working hard so that you are able to become independent and support your family is undoubtedly a very noble and praiseworthy action, and should be appreciated. When it comes after completing a hard-earned education, or after a long period of unemployment, it is even more cherished. What we must definitely realise however, is that this is in fact a test for us; hence we must strive and be careful not to make this opportunity a reason for our own demise! As a Muslim who works full-time, you will surely be

The Jihād of Job Hunting

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“Akhī, how can you go to a job interview with that beard?  Trim it down a bit.” “Akhī, why are you being so extreme?  Just shake her hand during the interview; Islām makes exceptions for necessities, and this is definitely a necessity.” “Akhī, why don’t you just ‘exaggerate’ a bit in your CV or when you are being interviewed?  You’re not lying, you’re just exaggerating a bit, and that’s acceptable, isn’t it?” These are words I have heard many times on many different occasions, and I assume most people reading this have heard them, too. So, what’s the answer?  Alhamdulillāh,