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Blind in Broad Daylight

Free men: imprisoned, exiled, or dead – an accurate description of the Libyan situation during the 1980’s and 1990’s. In the mid-2000’s Gaddafi’s regime started changing faces, trying to improve its international relations, but that did not change the brutal reality of the police state in Libya. Thousands of men were killed in Gaddafi’s prisons, […]

Abu Hurairah: Opportunity & Sacrifice

Imam Abu Hurairah (ra) was the Prophet’s companion ﷺ (peace be upon him) for only three years, but he narrated the most ahadith from amongst the other sahabah (Prophet’s companions). During these three years, Abu Hurairah did not earn a living; he accompanied the Prophet ﷺ wherever he went. In various narrations, Abu Hurairah mentions […]

If I Do Good, Help Me; and If I Do Wrong, Correct Me

After he was given the treaty to become the caliph following the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him), Abu Bakr radi Allahu `anhu gave a short inaugural speech: “Oh people, as I have now been placed in a position of authority over you and I am not the best of you, if I do good, […]

Half the Deen – Check. Half the Hayaa’ – Check?

It is from the prophetic guidance that when someone looks to get married, they should take a good, critical look at their potential spouse and make sure there is nothing physically repelling to them. Better yet, they should see what is attractive in the other person. This is in the case of suitors who are […]

Religions for Peace, Justice, and Prosperity

I was first exposed to the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) by my AP English teacher in high school, when one of our class assignments was to write an essay to the UN proposing methods to achieve these goals. Many years have passed since, and the MDGs have not yet been achieved. Recently, a dear sister […]

Taking Responsibility for our Actions

The city under siege was about to surrender without any bloodshed in 1453 AD. But three Venetian warships came in with reinforcements, and the Muslim fleet, under the command of Turkish admiral Suleiman Baltughlu, failed to block the reinforcements from entering Constantinople’s gulf. The Ottoman sultan, Muhammad II (also known as Al-Faatih or Mehmet II) […]

Live Your Life

The entertainment and sports industries bombard us with images of “successful” people and present them as idols. Assuming that everything is done in a halal manner, being wealthy, strong, intelligent, romantic, and charming – and in a general worldly sense “successful” – is highly encouraged in Islam, for the Prophet ﷺ said, “The strong [or […]

Put Out the Fire of Doubt

How often do we encounter an ayah (verse) in the Qur’an that we do not understand or are puzzled at how to apply it? Though we have access to tafsir books in masjid libraries, Islamic bookstores, online, and oftentimes, in our own homes, how frequently do we research the question until we find the answer? […]

Re-Evaluating Our Iman: A Reflection on the Last Page of Surat Al-Kahf

Part I A Painful Experience When reading the 11-page surah most Fridays, the verses of the last page never fail to call my attention to a disturbing event. Allah says in Surat al-Kahf: Say, [O Muhammad], “Shall we [believers] inform you of the greatest losers as to [their] deeds? [They are] those whose effort is […]

What is the Basis of our Uniqueness?

A pioneering French fashion designer named Coco Chanel once said, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” Some choose to be “different” through fashion, espousing a certain political party, identifying with a minority group, or by simply going against the norm. Though an individual has multi-dimensional identities, like gender, ethnicity, economic status, […]

Giving Charity – in Person

In the Holy Qur’an, Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala, exalted is He) contrasts the believers and disbelievers not only in their faith, but also in specific actions. A recurring example is the act of feeding the hungry. Allah (swt) frequently describes the righteous believers as those who feed the needy, as in the Qur’an where He says: […]