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Jan
22

Gay Muslims.

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Assalam Alaikum,

Over the weekend I attended an excellent course on Islam & Homosexuality, lead by a brilliant Muslim scholar, Shaykh SM Hasan al-Banna, organised by the Islamic Institute of Development & Research.

Here were some of the most interesting key learnings:

  • The term ‘homosexuality’ was only coined in the 1860’s
  • The Islamic frame of reference doesn’t use that term or focus on labelling people according to their sexual orientation. (There is a unique, more sophisticated Quranic vocabulary and frame of reference used to talk about sexuality).
  • The debate around nature or nurture is kind of irrelevant if we accept the testimony of virtually every gay person that they do not have a choice in who they are attracted to.
  • Generally speaking: Attraction is not a choice. What we do with those feelings is. (This is true for everyone.)
  • Islam & the Shariah do not pass judgment about thoughts, feelings, desires & attraction. It does judge the external behaviour as a sin, which usually only occurs in private, and is not therefore a public (or state) concern.
  • The idea that this kind of thinking is a psychological dysfunction is completely foreign to Islam.
  • Just as Muslims are accused of homophobia today, just over a hundred years ago in the West, Muslims were actually accused of being too open and accepting of people with same-gender attraction. #irony
  • Muslim men, who were scholars and great thinkers, as early as the 3rd generation, openly wrote poetry about being attracted to men, and talked about the depth of their love, and the struggle of feeling attraction & not acting on it.
  • Any form of discrimination against someone based on their orientation is completely forbidden in Islam. (In other words, what we would now call “homophobia” is haram).
  • Islam does not see people as ‘gay’ or ‘straight’ or anything in between, but as human beings, with souls, whose ultimate purpose is to serve, and gain a deeper knowledge of, Allah the Most Loving, Most Forgiving. Who you are (or are not) attracted to does not change, or in the least bit affect, this noble purpose.
  • Revisionist attempts to re-read the sources to allow for homosexual intercourse have not gotten very far, and probably won’t, as they depend on ignoring Prophetic sayings.
  • The Prophet, peace & blessings upon him, never punished anyone for being gay or engaging in the act. There is no punishment for this sin mentioned in the Quran. The hadith which mention punishments are considered by many hadith specialists as being too unreliable to enact.

Here’s why this is relevant:

If you are (or know of) a gay Muslim who, like some of the course’s attendees, have been trying to not act on your desires, and feel like it’s unfair or too hard to be celibate, or like you have to choose between being gay & being Muslim…

… then you’ve probably had a lot of self-defeating, hurtful, negative, conflicted thinking about this issue, for a very long time.

If you’d like to finally end such psychological suffering, and let go of self-harmful thinking patterns, you’ll benefit from The Paradigm Shift, Instant Ihsan & Effortless Transformation courses. You can get them as part of The Ocean membership program, by clicking here.  

Peace, Love & Blessings.

Mamoon

P.S. My courses so far have not addressed the issue of homosexuality directly. However, by quietening our minds, connecting more deeply with Allah, and having insight, we can’t help but find more peace, and be positively transformed.

Just to be clear: by going through my trainings, your situation (and orientation!) will not change. You will change, internally. And that changes everything. Insha’Allah.

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Assalam Alaikum,

I share a lot of experiences in ‘Inside the Soul of Islam’ that are very valuable for parents struggling to raise their kids to become confident, practicing, believing Muslims, including:

  • “Like a donkey carrying books” – my early experiences with a Maulvi Saab, and what they taught me (or didn’t!) that lead to me becoming obsessed with the Quran in later life.
  • The question my Uncle asked me at the age of 11 that lead to me becoming a devoted, believing Muslim, and why not thinking about it may well have lead me to become an atheist.
  • The follow up question from my unsuspectingly wise uncle which sowed the seed for me to become a practicing Muslim. (You might want to run this one by your kids!)
  • What makes an experience truly ‘spiritual’ and why you don’t have to be in Mecca to have one.
  • A nostalgic, heart-warming description of my the first time I saw the Kaba, the holiest site in Islam.
  • The Quran verse that turns the tables on the idea that religion is the ‘opium of the people’ – something your kids will learn in school.
  • The power of the Fajr prayer and the impact it can have on a Muslim who tries it for the first time, voluntarily.
  • The eye-opening truth about mainstream schooling and why it tends to naturally lead people towards atheism… especially if they’re high-performing students. (And how you can get your kids to ace it and strengthen their faith).
  • Why leaving medical school was the best decision I ever made, and how parents can support their kids to fulfil their highest potential
  • Insight into how young Muslims can be raised into being strong believers.
  • The challenge with Islamic courses todays, and why I turned to the ‘self-help’ genre… and eventually how that lead me back to the Quran.
  • The beautiful hadith (prophetic saying) that still inspires me to get out into the world and get on with doing good, beneficial work that serves humanity.

All of this, and much, much more is covered in Chapter 2 of the book.

Order it, read it, and if you’re already done, give a copy to a friend, and review it on Amazon. :O)

You can get it here, along with the awesome “Quran For Busy People” bonus package:

www.insidethesoulofislam.com

Peace, Love & Blessings.

Mamoon

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Dec
19

The ocean fell into the drop.

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Assalam Alaikum,

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”

So said Mawlana Rumi, pointing to the magnificence of the True Self – the source of love & wisdom in the centre of your being.

The first time I heard this, I sat in silence for around half an hour, just in awe.

When you realise who you truly are, you can no longer be insecure, because there is literally nothing to be insecure about.

All insecurity is just an illusion created by thought.

For the last decade I’ve been creating personal growth programs designed to help people see this fact more deeply, in the context of the very real challenges and issues we all face in life. These trainings cover all six major areas of life, including: Mind-set, Body, Deen (Spirituality), Money, Time & Love.

Achieving big things in any one of these areas can seem like a daunting task… unless we let our True Selves guide the way.

When that happens, big changes can become truly effortless, because we’re no longer sabotaging ourselves with negative, destructive thoughts.

If you want that to happen for you, go here and as soon as it’s ready you’ll get access to ‘The Ocean’ – all of my training programs – for a fraction of the normal investment:

The Ocean: All Access Pass – Early Notification

Peace, Love & Blessings.

Mamoon

 

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Assalam Alaikum,

So, I’ve just seen Star Wars. Twice.

But, out of respect to everyone who doesn’t want spoilers… let’s talk about D.C. Comic’s Justice League movie instead.

It flopped. Big Time.

It was actually a really good movie, but it didn’t work at the box office. Importantly, it failed for the same reasons that most of us fail to achieve our personal life goals…

There is one main reason Justice League didn’t become a big hit, even though it had SIX Super-Heroes in 1 movie (…while its competitor, Marvel’s Avengers, was one of the highest grossing movies of all time). The reason is:

Not. Enough. Build-Up.

They rushed it, and as a result, it didn’t have the impact it should have.

When Marvel did the Avengers, each character in the movie had already had its own dedicated movie: Ironman, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, etc. That way, Marvel could figure out who was really popular (and give them sequels) and how much to emphasise each character in the main Avengers story line. Plus, they had the added benefit of a free mini-advert in each movie to build up the next one & ultimately to build up the Avengers movies.

DC didn’t do that. They had Superman, the sequel with Batman, and they had Wonder Woman… but that was it! They then had to rush through introductions to 3 new Super-Heroes all in the Justice League movie, along with the bad-guy.

*FACE-PALM

And this, my friend, is where we go wrong with our big goals in life.

We all have 6 major areas in our lives, which are kind of like each independent Super-Hero movie:

  • Money — [Batman]
  • Time — [The Flash]
  • Love — [Wonder Woman]
  • Mind — [Cyborg]
  • Body — [Superman]
  • Soul — [Aquaman…?! Okay, he was the only character left for this metaphor…]

The ‘Justice League’ of your life, is how you weave your goals in all these areas together.

This new year, rather than rushing into trying to achieve big things in all areas all in January [a la the Justice League flop], let each area be the star of its own ‘movie’ first [Marvel-Style].

If you want a proven system for how to do this, check out the Productive From Dawn program.

Don’t have access to my programs? Go here:

The Ocean: All Access Pass – Early Notification.

Peace, Love & Blessings.

Batman

P.S. For the record: Justice League actually was a great movie… but it just didn’t have the je ne sais quoi of The Avengers.

P.P.S. Seriously, discover how to get all my programs for a fraction of their normal cost here.

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Dec
18

Slow down and get there faster…

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Assalam Alaikum,

On Friday, I wanted to get the train from London to Manchester, to visit family for the weekend… and, perhaps more importantly, keep up the important tradition of watching the new Star Wars movie with my brother.

The last reasonably-priced ‘off-peak’ train was at 3pm. If I missed that one, I’d have to wait until 7:40pm and risk missing the movie. (Not an option). To get from my flat in London to Euston station, the quickest way (and maybe the only way to make it on time), was to get an Uber.

However, when I got in the Uber, I made the mistake of telling the driver that I was in a rush to make my train.

So, bless his heart… he tried going faster.

Instead of just using the standard Uber route, which would have got us in on time, he decided to get stressed & inventive…

…He started weaving in and out of side sreets, landing us in more and more traffic, and extending the route more and more with each de-tour. He kept apologising with each extra de-tour that didn’t work. He blamed the traffic. He would try changing lanes, and as soon as he did… you guessed it… the previous lane started going faster.

He was more stressed than I was to get me in on time!

Now, aside from the fact that his intention was good, there was something so obvious to me that he couldn’t see:

Slow down and relax, and you’ll get there faster.

That’s exactly how it is with personal transformation, too.

What some ‘eager’ students do is:

Watch my online trainings & live seminars, desperately trying to rush ahead, figure out everything I’m saying and immediately apply it to their personal problem, and then they get super-confused… and their journey takes longer

This approach almost always fails.

What actually works:

Slow down. Soak in all the training. Relax as you watch it all, the same way you would listen to a beautiful song, or watch your favourite show on Netflix.

The aim of everything I teach is to point you within and quiet your mind, so you have a new realisation, or insight, that comes from deep within your own soul.

By doing so, you find the wisdom that’s always been within.

You can’t rush that, and when you slow down, you actually get there quicker…

…Unlike the Uber driver who almost made me miss the train.

If you want access to an Ocean of life-enhancing wisdom, jump into your Toyota Prius and rush over here :

The Ocean: All Access Pass – Early Notification.

Peace, Love & Blessings.

Mamoon

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Assalam Alaikum,
The Quran is the greatest personal development manual ever written.

However, if you’re not feeling its transformational impact every time you pick it up, there are 2 key reasons:

  1. You haven’t studied it enough for it to make an impact on you
  2. No-one’s every demonstrated to you the Quranic Paradigm of Personal Change.

    The true psychological paradigm of personal change, is covered in the book “Inside the Soul of Islam”.

The strategies you need to make major progress in your personal Quran studies (fast!), are covered in the Quran For Busy People digital training program (previous sold for £297), which is available as a free bonus when you order the book today.

Tonight’s Quran For Busy People Masterclass brings it all together, and gives you everything you need to achieve all your Quran goals in 2018, insha’Allah:

Order the Book, Get the Program & Access Tonight’s Masterclass.

See you tonight at 7pm UK time!

Peace, Love & Blessings.

Mamoon

P.S. Order the book to get access to tonight’s Masterclass and you’ll also discover:

  • The quickest, easiest way to learn Quranic Arabic so a few weeks from now you can understand 100% of what you read in the Quran, without needing an English translation
  • How to improve your Quran recitation fluency so you can read it easily and never have to be embarrassed or shy to recite in front of others
  • The ‘tajweed trap’ – how to avoid this common mistake that sabotages your attempts to connect with the Quran
  • How to memorize the Quran – even if you only have a few minutes a day (this 7-step program given by a great scholar is still the most popular Quran For Busy People article)
  • How to revise & retain all the Quran you’ve learnt (this is where most people trip up in their attempts to memorize the Quran)
  • The Ultimate Personal Quran Plan – There are over 13 different ways you can approach studying the Quran – this comprehensive plan lays out which are the most important, and what order to study in
  • Where to find a Quran teacher – and which aspects of Quran study require a teacher & which aspects just require self-discipline (Note: both are essential for all believers)
  • How to build the Daily Quran Habit – the #1 key that determines whether you’ll achieve your Quran goals or not – broken down into 5 simple steps that virtually guarantee your success.
  • The best English Quran Translations – and the key understanding you need to enhance your personal reading of the Quran in English

Click here to order ‘Inside the Soul of Islam’ and access the Quran For Busy People Masterclass & Program.

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Assalam Alaikum,

Let’s face it

Chances are, by this time next year you won’t have learnt Quranic Arabic, you won’t have memorised significantly more of the Quran… and if you can’t already, you probably won’t be great at reciting it either.

But, just to make sure you completely fail to achieve your personal Quran goals this year, here is some terrible advice, that absolutely guarantees your failure…

  • Don’t set any Quran goals – that way the whole journey will be filled with self-doubt, uncertainty and guilt
  • Skip Arabic classes – and buy yourself a nice watch instead. That way you can watch in style as the time slides by, and you get no closer to your objectives.
  • Don’t be strategic about your Quran Plan – there are over 13 different ways of studying the Quran. Don’t give it much thought – just do them randomly whenever it occurs to you.
  • Only study the Quran when you feel motivated after watching a YouTube lecture by someone famous.
  • Don’t even bother trying to create the Daily Quran Habit. You’ll only get your hopes up, then let yourself down.
  • Never find a real Quran teacher – instead, use people on the internet who you’ve never met and have no relationship with as your only source of guidance
  • Absolutely do not read ‘Inside the Soul of Islam’ – in case it inspires you and gives you life-changing insight that makes you fall deeply in love with the Quran
  • And above all, if you want to guarantee your failure in 2018, do not click here to attend the Quran For Busy People Masterclass.

There you have it. The worst tips ever, which if you follow, will quite certainly make sure you don’t achieve your Quran goals this year.

However…

If you’re ready to stop listening to Shaytan and make a big shift in your relationship with the Quran & with Allah, the Almighty…

Get Inside the Soul of Islam, and access the Quran For Busy People Masterclass tonight.

Peace, Love & Blessings.

Mamoon

P.S. You need to go to the link above and order “Inside the Soul of Islam”, then insert your Order Number, name & email, to access the Quran For Busy People Masterclass.

P.P.S. If you already own “Inside the Soul of Islam”, go to the same link above, and enter code PEACEANDLOVE123 along with your name & email address and you should get access (assuming the technology works correctly).

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Dec
12

How to Create the Daily Quran Habit

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Assalam Alaikum,

There is 1 powerful factor that determines whether you’ll hit all of your Quran goals in 2018 or not:

The Daily Quran Habit.

It doesn’t matter how busy you get, or how intense your life gets, with the Daily Quran Habit you can:

  • Achieve all your Quran goals as easily as you set them
  • Recite the Quran fluently and beautifully
  • Learn Quranic Arabic, so you understand every verse you recite
  • Go deep into the inner meanings of the Quran by reading or listening to the tafsir (exegesis & interpretation)
  • Get your tajweed to an advanced level, so you recite just like the Prophet (pbuh) taught us.
  • Make engaging with the Quran your favourite part of the day
  • Fall deeply in love with the Quran, even if you haven’t touched it in years
  • Memorise the Quran (even if you struggle to recite it right now)
  • Feel a deeper and deeper connection with Allah as your momentum builds day after day.
  • And much, much more that’s hard to even articulate. (And Im an author!)

If you want to make 2018 the year where you engage with the Quran every day, and firmly establish this awesome habit for life… this is for you:

Tomorrow (Wednesday 13th Dec 2017), Im doing a live Quran For Busy People Masterclass, where you’ll get 5 powerful strategies to create the Daily Quran Habit, and a whole lot more…

To access the Masterclass, go to this page, order my new book & as a “thank you”, you’ll get the Masterclass (and the entire £297 Quran For Busy People program!) as free gifts:

Order Inside the Soul of Islam here & get the Quran For Busy People Masterclass & Program.

See you on Wednesday, insha’Allah!

Peace, Love & Blessings.

Mamoon 🙂

P.S. If you already have the book, you can go to this page & enter code: PEACEANDLOVE123 along with your name & email address, and if all the technology works correctly, it should still give you access to the Masterclass.

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Dec
11

Feel the spirit of prayer…

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Assalam Alaikum,

Here’s what students have said about the Quran For Busy People system:

“Now I Can Hear Allah Speaking To Me Directly, Not Through A Translator…”

  • Sr Lizzamah Akinlade

“A Total Eman-Rush…!”

  • Sr Salma Hossain

“Alhamdulillah! I Can Already Understand 100% Of The 1st Juz (Part) of the Quran In Arabic…”

  • Br Shaheer Muhammad

“Now I Understand 100% Of What I Read In The Quran.”

  • Sr Hadiza Abba

All this is of course very touching. And, here’s one of my personal favourite…

You remember a few days ago when I told you the story of the Auntie-Gee who thought I was lying when I told her how fast she could achieve her Quran goals… ?

Here’s the note she sent me after the course:

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“Now I Understand 100% Of The Quran In Arabic, And I Can Feel The Spirit Of Prayer…

“I used to love the Quran and respect it even though I couldn’t understand a word of it. For over 20 years, I prayed five times a day and didn’t know what I was saying – I just did it as a ritual.

Now I understand what I read, and there is a totally different feel to Quran and Salah – It’s fun, and enjoyable to pray now because I know exactly what I am saying to Allah (swt) and my heart is effected in a way I never felt before.

Alhamdulillah, now that I understand 100% of the Quran, I want to read it more and more and the positive changes in my life have been phenomenal. I am more positive, happier, and think I’ve found the spirit of ibaada.”

  • Auntie Tasneem Mir

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Anyway, if you want to join these students, and dozens of others by properly setting and achieving all of your Quran goals in 2018, here’s how:

Order the book “Inside the Soul of Islam”, so you can attend the 2018 Quran For Busy People Masterclass.

Peace, Love & Blessings.

Mamoon

P.S. Aside from your Quran studies, you really should read “Inside the Soul of Islam” and not let it sit on your shelf. I wrote it to make the beautiful teachings of Islam relevant to you & show you how the Quran really can transform your life.

P.P.S. Follow the instructions on this page carefully. You need to go to this page, click the link to order the book from whichever online store is most convenient, then go back to this page and enter your name, email & book order number to make sure you get access to the Masterclass & full bonus package.

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Dec
10

The Tajweed Trap…

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Assalam Alaikum,

Let me preface this article with a dis-claimer:

“Yes, tajweed (correct Quran recitation) is an important skill; Yes, tajweed is an essential part of your journey through the Quran; And No, you absolutely should not stop your tajweed classes…”

Clear? Good. Now that’s out of the way, let me let you in on a little-know ‘trap’ many of us get caught in when it comes to studying the Quran, and especially tajweed…

THE TAJWEED TRAP:

This may sound familiar to you…

You want to understand what the Quran says so you can connect with Allah, and transform your life with the Quran, so….

You do the logical thing: try taking Arabic classes only to realize that you need to be able to read the Arabic script.

When you go to your mosque, Islamic center or Arabic course, the teacher tells you that the Quran is the highest level of Arabic, and in fact just by slightly mispronouncing a word or a letter, you can completely change the meaning of a verse (scary, but true!)

So, you follow their advice and decide to “learn tajweed correctly”, and start taking some tajweed classes.

That was 5 years ago.

And you’re still in the tajweed class.

And you still don’t understand a word of what you’re reciting…

And worst of all…

…the belief that Quranic Arabic takes a life-time to learn is getting stronger and stronger, whilst your resolve to do it is getting weaker and weaker.

Has this ever happened to you? Is this why you still don’t understand the Quran in Arabic, even though you decided to years ago? And do you see what just happened there?

Originally the goal was to understand the Quran, but because you got ‘distracted’ with the beauty of tajweed (an Islamic science which you could spend your whole life studying, like all Islamic sciences), you left your original goal.

The truth is, the original advice was correct, and incorrect at the same time.

My advice?

Go here to get access to the Quran For Busy People Masterclass coming up this Wednesday at 7pm UK time insha’Allah and I’ll show you:

How to reach the Tajweed Goal and avoid the TRAP

Plus, you’ll learn how to set & achieve all of your personal Quran goals in 2018.

May this year be the one where you build such a strong relationship with the Quran that it becomes your personal coach, and your source of transformation, insha’Allah. Ameen.

Peace, Love & Blessings.

Mamoon

P.S. You need to order ‘Inside the Soul of Islam’ to access the Masterclass. It’s all explained here.

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