Archive for the ‘Activism & Civil Rights’ category

Calling Someone a “Martyr”

Adapted from an article by Dr. Ahmad al-Raysūnī on the topic from his website. Often times we refer to so-and-so as a “shahīd” or martyr when referring to Muslims who have died while standing up for truth and justice. We might say al-Shahīd (the martyr) Malcolm X or al-Shahīd Hasan al-Banna. When some people hear […]

Rap’s Islamic Roots?

by Lavon L. Brown Hip-Hop – specifically the Rap art form of Hip-Hop – is usually preceded by its reputation of ”Gangsta life-style” lyrics riddled with curse words, bad grammar, and the infamous “N” word, stereotypically painting a post-apocalyptic portrait of poor African-American communities. It is widely promoted as an American subculture/multi-faceted art form rooted within […]

Irvine 11: Waiting for Victory

We can hardly get them off our minds. The whole world is watching today. And everyone is wondering, “What will happen to the brave men who spoke truth to power in Irvine?” What will go down in history about the students who gave a voice to the voiceless, and took a bullet in the process? […]

How to Help the Irvine 11

On February 8, 2010, in the immediate the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead where more than 1,400 Gazans were massacred, 11 students were arrested after peacefully protesting Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech at the University of California, Irvine. Ten of the 11 students are currently facing a criminal trial, which ends with closing arguments this […]

Confronting Islamophobia

This was a joint session at the UK Islamophobia Conference in Birmingham April 2011. Muslema Purmul: “Islamophobia Within” Jamaal Diwan: “Dealing with Islamophobes” Abdel Rahman Mussa “What is Shariah”

“Can a Muslim Ever Become President?”

By Imraan Siddiqi I was talking to my 4-year old child the other day, and asked him a simple question:  “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  His innocent, yet ambitious response was:  “A baseball player, soccer player, doctor, hafiz (one who memorizes the entire Qur’an) and an elevator-man” –  He is obsessed with pressing the […]

Tafsir Surat al-Kahf (Part 4)

Transcribed by Sabirah Reinke Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV We move on to the second verse: What is the first word of the second verse? قَيِّمًا (qiyaaman) What does قَيِّمًا mean? Straight, established, no crookedness! What did Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) just say in the first verse? This […]

Revolutionary Thoughts

  “The fact is that God will not change the reality of a people until they change themselves.” It is apparent to anyone who keeps up with world news these days that Muslims are standing up against oppression and tyranny. During my stay in Egypt, I can remember secretly conversing with some good friends I […]

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 […]

Spiritual Pitfalls for the Muslim Blogger

Islam and the Internet Series: Intro | Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IV Blogs are gateways, that grant us access into the interior worlds of other people. They offer us glimpses into people’s experiences, thoughts and feelings, revealing […]

The Happy Yemen

By Hesham Hussain Imagine this. You’re sitting at home, watching your favorite TV show. Suddenly the power is cut off!  The electricity of the one square mile neighborhood is down. Even though you are tired, you decide to leave the house and go out with some friends. You get ready, and now as you are […]

Islamophobia and You

Islamophobia and You In light of Rep. Peter King’s Hearings on Radicalization and the Muslim Community, Suhaib Webb gave this lecture titled “Islamophobia and You.” This khutbah (sermon) was given at Masjid al-Nur on March 11th, 2011. Podcast: Download (Duration: 28:01 — 67.3MB) Imam Suhaib’s Message about Islamophobia A message from Imam Suhaib Webb for the ‘Islam […]

Tackling Anti-Islamic Sentiments

By Raiiq Ridwan | Based on a lecture by Br. Nouman Ali Khan In light of the recent protests against Islam, or as coined by the West, “Islamophobia”, it is very important that we refer back to the Qur’an to seek guidance on this issue. Many times we have been played right into the hands […]

Stand with the Irvine 11

Commentary on the Irvine 11 By Waleed Ahmed Michael Oren, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, was invited to speak at UC Irvine last February on Israeli-American relations to a packed university auditorium of over 500 people. He was in the midst of his speech when a student bravely stood up and defiantly shouted […]

The Moral Dilemma of Islamic Workers

Answered by Mohammad Mahmoud Mansour1 | Translated, Abridged, and Modified by WebbTranslators Question: I am seeking your advice about an important matter in my life. I was involved in da`wah (inviting others to Islam) for many years (by giving lectures, leading study groups, etc.), and I was simultaneously trying to improve and better myself. However, […]

Libyan Protesters Remain Steadfast

By Aisha Ibrahim The online world was abuzz after the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Working off the momentum of their Tunisian and Egyptian neighbors, Libyan youth declared February 17 as the Day of Anger. The protests in Libya began in Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya. As a country where it is […]

Message from Imam Suhaib on Egypt (Share Your Comments!)

With the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Peace and blessings of Allah upon our master, Muhammad ﷺ and those who follow him until the end of time. Dear brothers and sisters, Asalamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. It is with tempered happiness, touched hearts and tears of joy that we congratulate the […]

Part II: 8 Reflections from an American Student in Cairo

Part I | Part II 5. Speaking a word of truth to a tyrant under the threat of death can be easier to accept than the daily struggle of working for this deen. I hope this statement is in no way misunderstood as belittling the struggle that is going on in Egypt. Just as Musa […]

Update from Our Neighbor, Shaykh of a Masjid in Cairo

Assalamu `alaykum, Jamaal (my husband) just spoke to our neighbor, who is the Shaykh on our street in Egypt. Subhan’Allah, he said this Friday was the first time in his life he was able to say whatever he wanted in his khutbah. Two million people were at Tahrir Square and the thugs were more brutal […]

Is Protesting Permissible?

Answered by S’ad ‘Atiyah al-Azhari (Scholar from al-Azhar) | Translated and Abridged by Suhaib Webb Question: What is the ruling for participating in protests, and if they are permissible, what is the proof? Answer: Protests are a means by which the Muslim community makes its voice heard regarding a specific issue, to those in authority so they can […]