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God Guides Whom He Wills

At least 17 times a day, we have been commanded to call upon our Beloved Guide: “Guide us to the straight path; the path of those whom you have favored, not the path of those who have earned your displeasure or those who have gone astray.”  (Qu’ran, 1:6-7) Why do we have to repeat that […]

Walking the Prophetic Walk for a Pathway to Citizenship

By Shakeel Syed Over the last 30 years, I have worked on many different social justice issues as a central passion in my life. This call to work for social justice is deeply rooted in my faith as a Muslim, and it is this call I have tried to serve since 2005 as the executive […]

The Mosque

 By Leila Adam “The mosques of Allah are only to be maintained by those who believe in Allah and the Last Day and establish prayer and give zakah and do not fear except Allah, for it is expected that those will be of the [rightly] guided .” (Qu’ran, 9:18). I have met people who get […]

UPDATED: Is Breathable Nail Polish Sufficient for Wuḍū’?

UPDATE 8-22-2013: My initial article on Inglot’s breathable nail polish was welcomed by many and severely critiqued by others. One of the main criticisms was that the experiment conducted by one of my students was inaccurate and could not be repeated with success. There were many people who reported successful results while several others who documented […]

The Night Before Eid: Substance Abuse in the Muslim Community

As the last moments of Ramadan made their swan song, worshipers at the mosque I serve in Boston began to shine a sense of happiness, relief and accomplishment that lit the building. After the sunset prayer, people began to hug each other, congratulating each other for a blessed month of fasting, charity and prayers–a heck […]

M&M’s: Marriage and Money

By Eyad Alnaslah A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the importance of a couple agreeing on the type of financial lifestyle they wish to live before things get serious in a relationship. Questions such as “What is your credit score?” are increasingly asked on a first date. Unromantic? Very. Important? Exceptionally. As Muslims, […]

I Don’t Feel Ramadan

“I don’t feel Ramadan,” she vented.  She, working night shifts and feeling exhausted throughout her days, expressed the same sentiment many others have during this Ramadan of long fasting days and short nights. “I’m a mom of three small kids,” a sister explained. “I have health problems and can’t fast. If I can just get […]

You’re Haram

“Haram! Haram!”1 I heard a woman shouting from the other side of the mosque.  An all too familiar scene; an individual publicly calling someone else out for something they deem religiously impermissible. In my personal life, as I am sure with many of yours, I have dealt with the worst amount of judgment from some […]

Ethics of Fashion

By Abu Nusaybah If you did not know that people are being oppressed by the processes that deliver our fashion, now you do. The recent tragedy of a factory collapse in Bangladesh that resulted in over a thousand lives lost was not the first to take place, nor is Bangladesh the only country wherein such […]

Living in a War Zone: Syria

Syrian Chronicles: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V 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 Joud It […]

Gender Relations in the Prophet’s Society

Lessons for Today The following lecture compares three contemporary social issues with the time of the Prophet ﷺ: Gender relations, racism and drinking. The below article delves into more detail with regards to gender relations in particular. Many of us lament that we’re no longer like the Companions of the Prophet ﷺ; that their times […]

Parent Trap

By Samah Out of the blue one day, as we were walking to a meeting, my boss turned around and asked, “So, what are your plans for the near future?” When he saw the puzzled look on my face he continued “…you know, don’t you want to move out and live on your own? Don’t […]

Gay Muslims—the Elephants in the (Prayer) Room

WebbStaff Note I: This is a controversial issue with varying perspectives. Our guest author is expressing one perspective; we encourage others to respectfully discuss their own perspective in the comments or submit your thoughts as a guest piece. This article is meant to open up a discussion on this issue, rather than be a definitive […]

Will Marriage Solve My Problems?

After engaging more with the Muslim community through activities like da`wah (calling to Islam), conferences, and halaqat (study circles), I have observed something intriguing: there seems to be a fascination—even obsession—with the topic of marriage. Regardless of whether a particular lecture is dedicated to something other than gender relations, the topic of marriage somehow always […]

A Moment in Black History

The Legacy of The Hon. Elijah Muhammad By Imam Ivan G. Nassar This article was submitted as a part of the “Expressions of the African American Muslim Experience” call for submissions. “Yes, today the Muslims are in all the major cities of America, and if you look around in the smaller cities you will find […]

What Really “Keeps Girls in Their Place”

Despite the unfortunate realities of abuse and oppression faced by Muslim women and non-Muslim women alike, women are an easy target for negative propaganda feeding anti-Islamic agendas. Having heard the old rhetoric on how “women in Islam are oppressed” and how the religion “forces women to stay at home,” it’s refreshing to hear a different […]

Regarding the Permissibility of Music

Question: Some scholars and many zealous laymen claim that there is a consensus among jurists as to the prohibition of listening to any music with musical instruments. Some Imams say the opinion that allows it is a strange (شاذ) opinion, which is rejected as baseless by all prominent scholars and schools of thought. If this […]

Why Black History?

By Margari Hill O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted. —Qur’an 49:13 Black History Month is […]

Stamp Out Hunger

Amongst the most basic needs of human existence is sustenance. God talks about this in different places in the Qur’an emphasizing that all people must eat and drink and that even the Messengers who were sent to mankind ate and drank (Qur’an 5:75). He also mentions in various places in the Qur’an that He has […]

Aspiring to the Arts

By Lena Khan More than 1400 years ago—before the significance of it was ever being debated in our community—the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) enjoyed and utilized the arts. For him, this was often in the realm of poetry. It was something he appreciated. He encouraged its purification. He understood its influence. And he […]