Archive for the ‘Misconceptions’ category

When You Marry for Four Reasons, Don’t Forget Your Reason

By Karim Serageldin As a practicing psychologist, I was once consulted by a brother in Turkey in need of immediate relationship advice. In summary, the brother’s “emergency” was that he had met a nice religious girl from a good family but was not attracted to her at all. He was under pressure from both his […]

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 […]

Difficulty or Ease? Part II

Difficulty or Ease Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI By AbdelRahman Mussa This small series of articles aims to explore the following questions: Does Islam promote ease or difficulty? Does Islam state that the path to Allah is that of difficulty? Previously we looked at the first piece of evidence – […]

Difficulty or Ease?

Difficulty or Ease Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI By AbdelRahman Mussa This small series of articles aims to explore the following questions: Does Islam promote ease or difficulty? Does Islam state that the path to Allah is that of difficulty? In Islam we derive our understandings from two primary […]

Reading the Qur’an by Tariq Ramadan

Originally posted in January 2008 by Tariq Ramadan | The New York Times For Muslims the Koran stands as the Text of reference, the source and the essence of the message transmitted to humanity by the creator. It is the last of a lengthy series of revelations addressed to humans down through history. It is the […]

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 […]

The Pursuit of Happiness

*Update* Disclaimer: This article does not deal with clinical depression. While some of the steps can be used as prevention, clinical depression is a mental illness that should be addressed by a trained professional. Any general references to ‘depression’ in the article refer to depression in regular parlance, and not as a medical term. I […]

The War Against Traditions

When the Prophet ﷺ was sent with the divine message, the key change that took place was the fact that rather than traditions and ancients customs being the sole source of practice and yardstick for right and wrong, it was the book of Allah, subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He), the Qur’an and the Prophetic […]

A Bucket of Silver or a Handful of Gold: A Lesson on Quality Over Quantity

Lessons in Islamic Work: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII One of the most common mistakes that occurs in a pop-cultured understanding of Islam is that we tend to focus entirely on numbers. How many people are attending? How large was the event? What did the stage look like? However, this […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Secret Double Life of a Hijabi

By Yeasmines Multiple hands rose in the air when the teacher asked the class to share our hijab story. I saw the eager and enthusiastic looks on each sister’s face as they held their hands up high. Subhan’Allah (glory be to God), I was amazed how each person had a unique story to share. In particular, I […]

Review of Gomaa’s Responding from the Tradition

Review of Responding from the Tradition: One Hundred Contemporary Fatwas by the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Sheikh Ali Gomaa (Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae, 2011) Rarely is the English language graced with a major contemporary scholar engaging a range of current concerns. Hence this work will be eagerly received in many quarters of the English-speaking world. […]

Top 5 Reasons for Hijabophobia

For Muslims and non-Muslims alike, there’s a new fear out there, and I call it “Hijabophobia.”  This irrational fear has crept into the subconscious of the unsuspecting all over the world.  What is the cause of such ill feelings against a simple piece of cloth? Below is an attempt to understand this phenomenon. The Most […]

Hijab: Fard (Obligation) or Fiction?

I am in a dilemma and need you to help me put things into perspective. It’s the age-old question of whether hijab is fard (mandatory) or not! I have been wearing hijab for many years now. I always believed that the ayah (verse) in Surat An-Nissa (Qur’an 4) is a personal choice that women make […]

8 Things You Should Understand About Converts

By Alex Arrick  1. A lot of things are running through our heads right now. “And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient”  (Qur’an, 2:155). New converts to Islam have just made the biggest decision […]

Proactive Women and the Prophet ﷺ

A group of women from the tribe of Ghifar approached the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him) to seek his permission to tend to the wounded during the battle of Khaybar. The Prophet ﷺ welcomed their request, giving them permission, stating, “By the blessings of God.” With this group of women was a young […]