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The Digital Dunya: Why I’m OK With Mediocre

It took me a very long time to realize this, but as soon as I did, I found myself shuttled into a new realm of liberation. I am fine with being mediocre. Let me explain. In this tech-savvy day and age, religiosity has found a new medium for expression: the internet. It is through this […]

How to Speak to a Gay Sibling

Question: My 18-year-old sister recently told me that she was gay. Not only that, but she was also in a relationship with a girl whom we all thought was her best friend. And to make matters even worse, she said she was not sure she felt Muslim anymore. Obviously, I was shocked. But I love […]

Restoring the Balance: Compassion for God’s Creation

By Shabaana Kidy With the developments of the 21st century, we have come to expect variety, ease and speed in the way we buy and sell. However, most of us might not realize how the intense demands of the consumer culture we find ourselves in have put immense strain on all areas of production. We […]

Modern Israel: Pioneers of Terror in the Holy Land

I often hear the awfully misinformed and false claim: “They have been killing each other forever and they will just keep at it.” The truth is that, for 1400 years, Muslims ruled Palestine and the entire region, and Muslims, Christians and Jews had lived in peace. Of course, there were exceptions, such as when the […]

Celebrating Independence Day

The Muslim world right now is undoubtedly going through some major tests and hardships. We pray that the Muslim lands will be blessed with justice, peace, sovereignty,comfort and civility. In countries with a Muslim minority, we see the constant persecution of Muslims in Myanmar; in China they are prevented from fasting Ramadan and taking children […]

Ramadān and Mortality

Ramadān Reinforcement: Part I | Part II A poet wrote that death was like arrows; it may miss you and hit someone else. But one day, it will capture you. Nothing humbles us as much as our own mortality. It is one of the most effective ways to lasso a soul gone wild, a soul intoxicated by […]

The Best Way to Start Ramadan: Seven Tips

Ramadān Reinforcement: Part I | Part II One question I get asked a lot is “What is the best way to start Ramadān?” I thought about this for sometime, and here is my answer: “The best way to start Ramadān is the way you ended it last year.” Meaning: you should start Ramadān with the same […]

Give and Take?

By Chad Earl 6 Questions Before Giving Advice and 4 Tips to Take It Part 1: Intro We often hear and read that giving advice to our brothers and sisters is a critical part of our faith1 . “Ad-din An-naseeha: Religion is sincerity”2 is often quoted to remind us of the importance of giving sincere […]

Is it Allowed for Women to Teach Mixed Gatherings?

Few scholars (and yet many “religious” Muslims) claim that women scholars should not teach mixed gatherings openly as men scholars do and that if she does she should do so behind a curtain. It is also suggested as evidence against this that women should generally stay at home and that her face as well as […]

10 Things That Shouldn’t Happen Once You Become a More Practicing Muslim

By Ubah We have seen it time and time again. We may have even experienced it. For so long, you were a Muslim only by name. You did not know much about Islam and its teachings, and you were content with your ignorance. But something changed. Like the shifting of the earth before a quake, […]

Video: Al-Muhaddithat – The Female Scholars of Islam

In light of Imam John Yahya Ederer’s recent article on Female Scholars and Preachers of Islam, we wanted to share a very informative and enlightening lecture by the renowned Islamic scholar Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi about the rich legacy and contributions of female scholars in the study of hadith (sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad […]

Female Scholars and Preachers in Islam

One of the biggest problems facing religion today is modern relevance. For many people of faith, this means coming to terms with reforming their religion to fit modern times by dismissing or “re-interpreting” scripture. The beauty of Islam among religions is in its universality, its compatibility with science, and its versatile legal tradition which remains […]

Too Busy for Qur’an? Check These 3 Tips To Get Rolling

Most of us spend close to 8-10 hours of our entire day genuinely busy, be it at work, school, internships, volunteering, or some other day-consuming activity. That is usually supplemented with time to eat, which can add another 1-2 hours of busy time, spending time with the family, another couple of hours, entertainment, sleeping and […]

An Imam’s Review of the Movie “Noah”

1-10 Grading Scale (I will discuss these in detail later in this article) General Quality of Movie: 6 Islamic Teachings: 3 Morals/Values: 8 Overall Benefit: 7 Imams MUST Connect with the Masses When I first heard this movie was being released, I asked the laymen of our community – young and old – if they […]

Can Muslims be Friends with non-Muslims?

A while back I visited the clubhouse of my apartment complex. While in the lobby, I noticed some young Arab-American brothers going into the pool area. So I looked out there and saw a whole group of guys with their hookahs, “chillin’” with the ladies in their bikinis, and other guys with their beer! Frustrated, […]

Erdoğan, AKP and their victory in the Turkish Municipal Elections

After the mainstream media reported for the past year how the Turkish people were supposedly all but openly revolting against current Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, it’s hilarious how they aren’t even reporting that his Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP), “Justice and Development Party” won the recent municipal elections in Turkey. I have a few thoughts […]

Will They Say Yes?

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Some of us may fear something that sets us apart from others may be the reason they would not consider us for marriage. This story shows us that what makes us truly unique is the characteristic which can draw someone to love us. […]

Is the West Inherently Un-Islamic?

Islamophobia is very real in this post 9/11 world—no one with objective ears and eyes can deny that there is a massive campaign to distort or vilify mainstream Islam and Muslims. Unfortunately, a segment of the population doesn’t see it as bias propaganda; rather they take it as exposing information regarding the inherent evil of […]

The Cost of a Home in Paradise

Syrian Chronicles:  Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI In this series, Syrian refugees share their stories of being displaced as a result of the current atrocities occurring in that region. All accounts are factual, but may be written by a family member or a friend. By Issra Fridays were holy days and […]

Distraction

By Umm Muhemmed Our generation is one of being distracted, and I am admittedly guilty as well. While walking recently, I answered a cell phone call, turned my attention to a grave situation over the phone, and overlooked the danger of two young children bicycling. The woman over the phone spoke of her mother’s death, […]