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Reflections on Riya’

Originally published in November 2008 One can be very sincere before an action, very sincere during an action, and then become arrogant/people-seeking after the action is done, thereby removing the blessings and reward from what already transpired. This arrogance and seeking to be seen by the people is what is known as riya’. Riya’ comes […]

Striving for Sincerity

Sheikha Muslema Purmul discusses sincerity, especially as it applies to Islamic work, and how, without sincerity, good actions can lead you in the wrong direction.

Be the Light

This Ramadan, Americans have faced some difficult trials: the shooting in the Aurora theater, the shooting in the Sikh temple, and the burnt down mosque in Missouri. A sister was also hit after taraweeh (extra night prayers) by a car in a hit-and-run as she was walking outside the parking lots around a local masjid; […]

Spiritual Liberation This Ramadan

The Amazing Race: Part I | Part II | Part III Note: This series, inspired by the lessons of ipersonalenrichment.com was supposed to be four parts, but because of its delay, parts 3 and 4 have been combined with an added Ramadan bonus video. While this series focuses mostly on concepts, the program works to internalize them. We […]

Co-ed Love for the Sake of Allah?

Reconstructing Beauty Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI A Clarification on Beautifying Gender Relations Within the Community Part 1 Preface At the outset I must say that it’s very hard to write just a single article on a topic that requires a lot of nuance. This is because anytime we deal […]

Letting Go

The Amazing Race Series: Part I | Part II | Part III Note: The lessons in this 4-Part Series were inspired by the free 7-Day Trial of the iPersonalEnrichment.com program. While this series focuses mostly on concepts, the program works to internalize them. In The Amazing Race, we started off with the image of three runners: one […]

The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race Series: Part I | Part II | Part III Note: The lessons in this 4-Part Series were inspired by the free 7-Day Trial of the iPersonalEnrichment.com program. While this series focuses mostly on concepts, the program works to internalize them. Part 1: The Amazing Race, The Different Races, The Race to Allah Imagine three […]

30 Reasons for Redemption and Elevation, Not Despair

Note: These lessons were acquired while participating in the ipersonalenrichment.com program. Scholars have often noted that a Muslim should have an almost balanced level of fear and hope in Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (Exalted is He), while their hope in Him should actually be more due to the hadith (narrations) of the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon […]

Confronting Islamophobia

This was a joint session at the UK Islamophobia Conference in Birmingham April 2011. Muslema Purmul: “Islamophobia Within” Jamaal Diwan: “Dealing with Islamophobes” Abdel Rahman Mussa “What is Shariah”

30 Reasons to Avoid Being Angry and Argumentative

How difficult is it to practice patience when being provoked? At the same time, how many times have we responded much too sensitively, although we were not the clear target of anyone’s malice? How many hearts have been lost in an effort to win arguments? And yet, as human beings it is natural and even our […]

Part II: 8 Reflections from an American Student in Cairo

Part I | Part II 5. Speaking a word of truth to a tyrant under the threat of death can be easier to accept than the daily struggle of working for this deen. I hope this statement is in no way misunderstood as belittling the struggle that is going on in Egypt. Just as Musa […]

Part I: 8 Reflections from an American Student in Cairo

Part I | Part II Wednesday, February 3, 2011 I write this message on the first day of being back in America having traveled from Cairo. It was with an incredibly heavy heart that I had to leave. When the protests started and the situation was uncertain, my husband and I had to make a […]

Update from Our Neighbor, Shaykh of a Masjid in Cairo

Assalamu `alaykum, Jamaal (my husband) just spoke to our neighbor, who is the Shaykh on our street in Egypt. Subhan’Allah, he said this Friday was the first time in his life he was able to say whatever he wanted in his khutbah. Two million people were at Tahrir Square and the thugs were more brutal […]

Mariam’s Character: A Commitment to Modesty

What Would Mariam Do? Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV It can be argued that no era of history has witnessed the widespread exposure to illicit images and lewd behavior on a global scale as the current times we live in. From the easy access of internet to the effects of […]

A Time for Healing

The rest of the “In the Shade of Ramadan 2010″ Videos are available here.

Towards a Relevant and Empowering Understanding of Islam

On June 28, 2010 readers were encouraged to comment on how to apply the advice of the following translated piece from the writings of Jamaal al-Din al-Afghani: “He, The Most High, showed us through His clear verses that nations He has honored do not perish or fall from greatness. Their names are also not erased […]

Words of Wisdom from Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī

When we listen to news stories that cause us distress, we are faced with the same question that those before us were faced with: what can we do? Definitely, getting involved and participating in relevant mediums of activism is part of the answer. Another part was once addressed by Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī in his article […]

Mariam Gave Herself to the Da`wah

What Would Mariam Do? Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV When we think about Mariam (alayha sallatu wa sallam – may Allah send His peace and blessings on her), how often do we associate her role with the da`wah of Islam? Do we realize how much she cared about her people […]

Mariam’s Spiritual Journey

What Would Mariam Do? Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Our second lesson: Mariam (as) had a deep spiritual relationship with Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala – exalted is He).  We see in her example how a mind, body, and soul can be spiritually dedicated to Him. As we examine these elements, […]

The Public Health Care Option Is An Islamic Issue

Al-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz (Malcom X) once described the impact a hadith had on him when he first heard it (during his turn toward orthodoxy) because its implications were so profound. He states in his autobiography in his meeting with Dr. Shawarbi, “he dropped on me something whose logic would never get out of my head. […]