Practical Skills

How to Jump Start a Car

When I was in college, I used to park my car at the masjid and walk to class. Once, I had finished praying salah and was getting in my car to drive home when a brother knocked on my door and asked if I had jumper cables. Turns out his car wouldn’t start and he needed to jump it. I …

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Asking for Recommendation Letters

I’m in the process of applying for residency right now and a huge part of the application process is recommendation letters. My least favorite part. Out of all the parts of the application, this is the one that I got most hung up about.

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How to Leave a Voicemail

At some point in your professional life, you’re going to have to leave a voicemail. Actually, you’re going to have to leave tons and tons of voicemails. It’s a simple enough thing to do but a lot of people mess it up and leave long, rambling, pointless voicemails which do nothing more than alienate the person they’ve called. Here are …

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Southern Hemisphere Guide to Qiblah

A nice day in Australia

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Skills for the Muslim Man: Reading the Sky to Find the Qibla

{ وَعَلامَاتٍ وَبِٱلنَّجْمِ هُمْ يَهْتَدُونَ } “And landmarks. And by the stars they are [also] guided.” [16:16] You’re on a road trip and it’s time to pray Maghrib and ‘Isha. You pull into a rest area and make wudu. How do you know which direction to face? Most of us would probably pull out a smartphone and use our qibla app. But …

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How to give a Manly Muslim Handshake

I had a non-Muslim friend in college who visited the masjid one day to see a khutbah and jumu’ah salah. After salah was over, I walked out with him and talked a bit as everyone filtered out of the musallah. As most Muslims would normally do, I said salaam to the people I knew as they passed in front of …

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