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Why Me, Allah?

Imam Khalid Latif and I spoke at the University of Houston MSA and Risala Foundation last week. The topic: “Why me, Allah?” Khalid spoke powerfully, eloquently, and deeply on individual suffering, especially faced by women in our communities, their trials, and our need to present compassion in place of judgment. I spoke on the topic of “Why […]

America vs. The Caliphate?

Podcast: Download (Duration: 22:26 — 10.8MB) After lectures at several universities, a few students asked me about the intersection of Islam and politics. Unfortunately, many associate Islam with a political agenda, a source of suspicion to many outside the Muslim community, and a cause for frustration and alienation for many within the community. We have become so […]

The Taj Mahal and the Islamic Principles of Wealth

Like the Alhambra, the Taj Mahal is a symbol of Muslim sophistication, achievement, and wealth.  And like the Alhambra, the dynasty that produced the Taj Mahal vanished not long after producing it.  We often wonder why the Ummah (global community) finds itself in its present condition–but one thing is for sure: It’s not for lack of money. […]

Protecting the Rights & Liberties of Americans: The Case for Islam

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:24:28 — 81.1 MB) On November 5, 2010, NYU’s Center for Law and Security hosted a panel titled “Protecting the Rights and Liberties of Americans: The Case for Islam.”  As part of their annual conference, the panel brought together a number of distinguished speakers, including Imam Khalid Latif of NYU’s Islamic Center, and […]

Allah, Avatar and the Planet

Lecture by Haroon Moghul | in collaboration with ICNYU Podcast: Download (Duration: 26:59 — 25.9MB) More and more Americans and Westerners are suspicious of “organized religion”.  But Americans remain deeply spiritual, and continue to express a desire for a meaningful life of transcendence.  The environmental movement represents one such trend: Re-connecting with Mother Earth, seeing all life as part […]

What Muslims Should Sound Like

In collaboration with ICNYU Podcast: Download Every day, it seems, more and more negative images of Islam and Muslims pour into our media.  It’s not too hard to imagine what words come to mind when our fellow Americans think of our religion, and we can see around us the effects of our inaction.  We don’t tell our […]

Challenges and Opportunities in American Mosques

In collaboration with ICNYU

What Imam Suhaib Webb Taught Me

It’s very easy, growing up in a family that is not only culturally but also theologically conservative, to approach issues from a position of defensiveness.  Defense is not always a bad thing; when it comes to matters of faith, better we think carefully and slowly than jump the gun.  I wish more Muslim countries spent […]