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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

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, something happened […]

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, […]

Knowledge on Steroids

Many of us live busy lives which we often have to compensate for by requiring things done instantly. Of course, the plus side of this is that ‘productivity’ increases, but it undoubtedly comes at a cost, often to our health and/or general lifestyles. Technology has played a significant role in facilitating this—take email as an […]

A Holiday Message from the Life of Omar

From the Greek and Syriac sources of the Church Elders There are those who love and there are those who hate. Of which were our pious predecessors and of which are you? When the Muslims surrounded Jerusalem, the inhabitants said they would surrender the city only if the Muslim ruler himself —Omar, the second successor […]

5 Ways to Stop Being Judgmental

If that feeling of, “I’m better than thou,” creeps up on you while comparing yourself to someone else, consider the following: 1. Consider the saying, “Some saints have a past and many sinners have a future.”  Being a ‘saint’ isn’t guaranteed for any one person for a lifetime. But the path to God’s forgiveness is always […]

Can I Give Thanks & Throw Down on Some Turkey this Week?

Originally published in November 2010 Question Can I celebrate Thanksgiving with my parents? I converted a few years back and it is very important to them. Things haven’t been great since my reversion. What are your thoughts? Answer There is a legitimate scholarly difference surrounding this issue. Those who hold such celebrations as forbidden do […]

In the Face of Perfection

وهو الذي جعل الليل والنهار خلفة لمن اراد ان يذكر او اراد شكورا “He is the One who made the night and day to follow each other for those who would reminisce or give thanks,” (Qur’an 25:62). Our scholars teach us that this verse reminds us to keep up with our lives, taking account of […]

5 Tips To Rethink Women in Islam

I am described as a dynamic, assertive, energetic woman. As a teenager, I did not necessarily want Islam to be a piece of my rambunctious identity. I was loud, crazy and fun and I saw piety and religiosity as opposite my most prized traits. At fourteen, my family decided we would visit Mecca for a […]

All The Flowers In My Garden Are Dead

A Brief Essay on Faith and Forgiveness By Kashif Ghazanfar Today I met a man.  Red in the face and haggard, his eyes seemed to be made of glass.  Alcohol lingered around him like a ghost.  He confessed to me that he had ruined his heart by drinking; that it was now a wicked and desolate […]