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History of Minorities

It hit me a few weeks ago how selective my knowledge of history is. My internal Black history database consisted of scattered facts on the slave trade and the civil rights movement; nowhere could I find information on achievements or accomplishments at the hands of African Americans. Fortunately, I was able to fill in some […]

Understanding Nasihah

I always used to think that nasihah literally meant to give advice because that’s how many of us use the term. Apparently, I was wrong: Abu Raqiyyah Tamin bin Aws ad-Dari radi Allahu `anhu, may Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said: “[Islam] is an-nasihah.” We said, “To whom?” He said, “To Allah, to […]

The Number that Never Changes

He was right; having a good friend for over fifty years is impressive. I was attending a dinner in which a well-respected scholar and professor was being recognized for his accomplishments. Instead of focusing on himself and his journey, he spent his entire speech thanking the numerous individuals that impacted his life. As he reflected […]

A Call for Leadership

It was Ramadan in Jerusalem just after salah. The stone-walls and pathways spoke of deep, long histories of nations past; simply walking through the city brought to mind ancient conquests and childhood stories. As we passed through the crowds of people, a man yelled out to one of the vendors. The vendor was selling BBQ […]

The Freedom of Responsibility

Yusuf `alayhi sallatu wa sallam (may Allah send his peace and blessings on him) faced many difficulties in life; over a period of decades he was thrown into a well by his brothers as a young boy, sold into slavery, seduced by a beautiful and powerful woman in his youth and then thrown into jail […]

Treasure Your Parents

It’s a classic movie scene, almost cliché: a grown child leaving home as his parents standby watching. The mother, usually weeping, is being consoled by her husband. I used to think that it was the parents who were losing in these situations. Typically the child is beaming, excited at the new prospects that await, while […]

All It Took Was One Date

It is completely natural and inherent in humans – a phenomenon recurring through history. We all want status; we all want to be recognized. Often we may yearn to be among the ranks of the great people that tread the Earth before us; people who made a difference and changed the world for the better. […]

A Beautiful Mind

Taking our Intentions to the Next Level and Beyond Most of us are familiar with the ever so famous hadith that actions are taken to account by their intentions (maybe it’s about time we memorized it eh? – hint hint, wink wink, yes YOU!) Most of us struggle with our intentions day in and day […]

An Exercise in Submission

In the moments that I actually force myself to reflect on our surroundings I notice one consistent characteristic in the creation of al-Kaliq (the Creator): absolute serenity. When you cut out the drone of cars on the freeway, the airplanes overhead, the construction vehicles, the horns, the beeps, and the limitless sounds of modern day […]

No Experience is Worth Wasting

When Salah al-Din was fighting the Crusaders, one of the longest and most difficult battles was the siege of `Akka (Acre). About 3000 of Salah al-Din’s soldiers, under the command of Baha’ al-Din Qaraqush, were under siege from the Crusaders. In defense, Salah al-Din surrounded the Crusaders around the city, forcing them to fight two […]

Mending the Fabric of Brotherhood

The Fatal Mistake It was one of the most intense moments of his life. Those around him had likely never striven so hard and moved so fast. As the battle waned and the fighters retreated up the hill a sense of relief and calmness overtook them: they had made it out alive. Allah `azza wa jal […]

Shukr That Blinds

Author’s note: The brother who told me this story allowed me to adapt it as if it happened to me for the purposes of this article. A Lesson on the Way to the Mosque I was late. I always managed to be a bit late, always missing thefirst takbir(the saying of AllahuAkbar to start the […]

Staying Focused in Times of Crisis

The Example of the Sequoia Tree Sequoias are of the largest trees in existence. Living up to 2,200 years, they include the tallest tree on earth and have been known to reach 379.1 feet in height and 26 feet in diameter. Walking amongst them is a reality check, much like taking a flight and looking […]