“Najaaba”  is an Arabic word that alludes to  nobility, nobleness, noble descent, exalted rank or station, eminence, excellence, superiority and perfection. The closest English word I found is magnanimity, which is defined in Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the American Language as  ”Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquility and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.”  Najaaba is a quality of a true Muslim.  This blog is an exploration of the beauty of Islam and what it means to be Muslim.

Najaaba is the work of Teresa Lesher, who has spent thirty-five years learning what it means to be Muslim.  She was born and raised in the United States but has lived her adult life in the Middle East, where she is an associate professor of information science.  She can be contacted at tmlesher@gmail.com


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