Archive for the ‘Reflections’ category

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 […]

Diving for Pearls

By Rami Koujah A recent encounter with a young girl opened my eyes to a silent, yet seriously disconcerting issue that many young people in our communities face. Almost everyone experiences something similar at some point in their lives; some succumbed to it while others overcome it. Yet for others it remains a constant struggle […]

A Skeleton in the Closet

By Abu Nusaybah When said: “Muslims are terrorists”, we quickly point out the faulty logic in that statement. We know this is not true. We know this idea and statement have harmful impacts. As a result, we oppose it. The argument goes something like this: A, B and C are Muslims. A, B and C […]

Signs of Certainty

By Ahmed Zaafran Certainty. It is what we seek as humans to offset the inconsistencies of our lives. Fortunately, when we experience anxiety due to the unknowns that occupy our minds and hearts, we have the necessary tool, the Qur’an, to navigate us in the direction of providence. Nearly 10 years ago, I began medical […]

10 Steps on How to Change the World

By Saud Inam We all see the depressing stories on TV, in magazines, and in the newspapers filled with heart breaking images and stories from Syria, Palestine and even here in the US with unemployment, civil rights abuses, government inefficiency, corruption and other issues. We also see Islamophobes incessantly bashing Islam and Muslims, and the hungry […]

Reflections on Eid and Ramadan

By Ahmad Luqman Years ago, I went on my first legitimate stargazing outing. My sister was visiting from out of town and one of her friends, who was an amateur astronomer, drove us to an observatory an hour or so outside of the city limits. We had to drive far enough away from the city’s […]

Beautiful Patience

By Adnan Majid By its own admission, the Qur’an contains verses known as mutashābihāt or allegorical – verses with no definite interpretation whose ultimate meaning is known only to God (Qur’an 3:7). Despite this, however, the beautiful imagery of these verses never ceases to inspire us towards a deeper remembrance of God. One such verse […]

I Am Better Than Him

By Dina Basiony “I am better than him. You created me from fire and created him from clay,” (Qur’an, 7:12). Among the most intriguing aspects about the Qur’an is that it constantly urges the reader to reflect, understand and remember aspects about the reality of life. In the aforementioned verse, the reader is reminded of the […]

The Lighthouse

Imagine being a captain on a ship, lost at sea in the midst of dark deep waters. The sun sets and you are left trying to get your GPS to pick up a signal, any signal, to let you know where you might possibly be. As your GPS refuses to work, you begin to think […]

How Faith Influences Health

Reflecting on the Health Benefits of Fasting by Khalil Marcus Lambert, Ph.D. In his famous book, How to Eat to Live, the leader of the Nation of Islam (a conduit through which many African-Americans were introduced to Islam) emphatically states: “There is no way for us to learn the right way to eat in order […]

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 […]

Will you turn away?

No. It just couldn’t be. Rage, disbelief and anguish flooded through his veins. ‘He’s dead!’ he heard someone say. No. That was impossible. “DON’T YOU DARE SAY IT,” he raged, “IT’S A LIE! IF ANYONE DARES TO SAY HE DIED, I WILL CUT OFF HIS HEAD” He was serious. Breathing heavily, he took his sword […]

Wasting Food: A Personal Ramadan Pledge

By Nada Shawish How much of your food goes to waste? In my house, we don’t mean to, but I know that we’ve wasted food, and we’ve wasted too much. According to The National Resource Defense Council, 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten—that’s nearly $165 billion each year in food that […]

A Prophetic Response to Immigration Reform: A Muslim Perspective

By Dustin Craun On a scorching hot summer day in the summer of 2002, I was in the desert on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico walking around a newly developing neighborhood made up of electrical wires running on the ground and brick houses . I stared at the militarized border fence demarcating a line […]

Three Da`wah Principles Governing the Formation of the Da`i and Da`wah in the American Context

    The formation of the individual has priority over the reformation of the community as a whole and its institutions (derived from the seerah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, peace be upon him). Knowledge precedes action (derived from Sahih Bukhari’s chapter heading). Judgment regarding a matter is a result of conceptualizing what is the […]

Praying with the Ants

By Umm Muhemmed There just isn’t enough space. The mosque is overflowing with people. Tarps are being spread to accommodate the mass of worshipers. Men are pouring out to the front of the mosque and the women are…waiting. Finally someone gestures to a brother to find something suitable for the waiting women. The women spread […]

The Appeal of the Sīrah

By Rami Koujah The word “education” is derived from the Latin word “ēducātiō,” which means “a breeding, a bringing up, a rearing.”1 An education is an active engagement between teacher and student whereby the teacher is an intellectual (and/or spiritual) guide nurturing and maturing the student’s mind and spirit. However, an education is not complete without […]

Psychology, Islam & Self-Control

By Saadia Khan One of the things I like to do in my spare time is read psychology books. When I was about to complete my undergraduate degree—a double major in history and political science–I was informed by the registrar’s office that I was only two half-courses short of completing a minor in psychology. Apparently, […]

Coolness of the Eyes

By Ammarah Usmani We live in a world where most of us don’t really consider the home a peaceful haven or a sanctuary. To some, seeking refuge inside one’s home seems overrated, antisocial, and makes one seem reclusive and bereaved from the lively, rambunctious happenings of the outside world. Be it even somebody else’s home, […]

What If

By Talha Ghannam Note: The post was written a few months before traveling for Umrah. Alhamdulillah, having now completed the journey, I cannot emphasize enough how important preparation is to the journey. To remove oneself from the dunya (worldy life)and prepare for what lies ahead is essential. What will you say to your Lord and […]