Archive for the ‘Brotherhood & Sisterhood’ category

It’s Too Late!

By Fauzia Majid How often in our lives do we use the phrase “it’s too late”? It’s too late to forgive, it’s too late to repent, it’s too late to make things better again, it’s too late to apologize, and the list continues. Is it really too late though? Perhaps not. The only time that […]

Al-Wahhab: The Giver of Gifts

Names of Allah Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX | Part XXI | Part XXII | Part XXIII | Part XXIV | Part XXV | Part XXVI | Part XXVII | Part XXVIII | Part XXIX | Part XXX | […]

The Missing Ingredients: Compassion and Gentleness

I was attending the Friday prayer at a certain mosque once. In the back corner, I noticed two teenage girls sitting side by side, whispering and giggling throughout most of the khutbah (sermon). It was slightly distracting, but nobody made a fuss about it—except one older woman who was eyeing them with anger the entire […]

The Power of Words

It had been an exceptionally hard day for me, about 3 years ago. Everything seemed to be out of place and one thing after another was going wrong. I headed over to the University Center to get a bite to eat—maybe food would calm my nerves. At the time, I had been wearing niqab (the […]

Two way Streets

By Ahmed Zaafran A short while ago, my wife and I took our two kids to the local public library. Going to the library today is much different than it was when I was a child.  I remember the distinct smell of old books and how their pages seemed to coalesce into a never-ending narrative. […]

America vs. The Caliphate?

Podcast: Download (Duration: 22:26 — 10.8MB) After lectures at several universities, a few students asked me about the intersection of Islam and politics. Unfortunately, many associate Islam with a political agenda, a source of suspicion to many outside the Muslim community, and a cause for frustration and alienation for many within the community. We have become so […]

Grudges, Graffiti and Grief

by Sabeen Mansoori Our lives are spent in various boxes. We live in boxes that are insulated from the outside; we feel neither the heat of the blazing sun till it penetrates our being nor do we experience the cold blasts of winter till our bones shiver. We venture out from these boxes in other […]

Where is the Love?

by Nabil Ahmed If these past few years have taught me anything, it is that as long as we do not have love firmly implanted in all our hearts, we will never succeed. You see, when love truly exists, nothing else matters. Nothing matters at all. You don’t do something for another because you have […]

Failure and Success

By Raiiq Ridwan Today we live in a materialistic world, where the aim of society is to gain as much wealth as possible, for this is the way to success. Success is defined by how many college degrees you have, how much property you own, how much money you have, and so on.. In short, […]

The Best Companions

How to Achieve Tranquility of the Heart Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX The Prophet ﷺ […]

Losing a Loved One

By Anonymous Death should be a daily reminder for us all. We do not know if today will be our last day in this world. Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) said, “Every soul shall taste death.” Everyone’s time of death is written and only Allah (swt) alone knows when we will take our […]

30 Reasons to Avoid Being Angry and Argumentative

How difficult is it to practice patience when being provoked? At the same time, how many times have we responded much too sensitively, although we were not the clear target of anyone’s malice? How many hearts have been lost in an effort to win arguments? And yet, as human beings it is natural and even our […]

Why do people have to leave each other?

Why Do People Have to Leave Each Other? Part I | Part II When I was 17 years old, I had a dream. I dreamt that I was sitting inside a masjid and a little girl walked up to ask me a question. She asked me: “Why do people have to leave each other?” The question […]

6 Things NOT to Say to Someone Who is Divorced

By Amal Killawi and Zarinah Nadir Divorce is never easy. But it’s the reality for 50% of American couples and 31% of American Muslim couples.  With these statistics, you’re likely to have friends or know people in your community who have been divorced or are currently experiencing a divorce. Divorce is often a time of […]

Understanding Nasihah

I always used to think that nasihah literally meant to give advice because that’s how many of us use the term. Apparently, I was wrong: Abu Raqiyyah Tamin bin Aws ad-Dari radi Allahu `anhu, may Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said: “[Islam] is an-nasihah.” We said, “To whom?” He said, “To Allah, to […]

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself (Part 2)

Part I | Part II “Look at her!” the Auntie shrieked, pointing to the girl making wudhu (ablutions) at the nearby sink. “She is using so much water!” Turning to the girl she said, “Don’t you know, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ taught us we shouldn’t waste water, even if we are by a river? Look at […]

Duties of Brotherhood

In collaboration with ICNYU

Unity Through Connecting to Sahih al-Bukhari

A blessed gathering recently took place in Leicester, England, and it was the final maqra’ (reading) of the entire Sahih al-Bukhari under the supervision of Shaykh Ahmad Ali Surty, who Shaykh Akram Nadwi says has the shortest isnad (chain of transmission) of the book to Imam Bukhari in the entire world. The final session was […]

Worship Has Been Divided Between Allah’s Servants

A Lecture by Suhaib Webb | Transcribed by Fuseina Mohamad Surat Al-Fatiha Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX | Part XXI | Part XXII | Part XXIII | Part XXIV | Part XXV When I first became Muslim in 1992, alhamdullilah may Allah accept it from me, in that time […]

Have Mercy on Your Leaders

Amazing advice taken directly from a talk that Dr. Sherman Abdul Hakim Jackson gave at the 2010 RIS (Reviving the Islamic Spirit) Convention. “Please brothers and sisters, have some mercy on your scholars, your imams, your activists. Brothers and sisters, you have no idea of some of the pressures they are under. You have no […]