Archive for the ‘Dawah (Outreach)’ category

Why Are They Leaving Islam?

By Matthew Longacre Whether it is in the masjid, on the street, or online, these incidents are too numerous to count. If you haven’t heard these stories, then you haven’t been listening. Every day, time and time again, a troubled Muslim reaches out and communicates to someone, in one way or another, that they are […]

Spiritual Relevance between the Original Text and Native Expression

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X We are blessed with the finality of revelation preserved just as it was revealed to our beloved Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him). We should be attached to that message as much as possible. It should play a permeating role […]

Honoring Our Authors: Shazia Ahmad

Why We Love Shazia Shazia is an amazing member of our WebbCommunity for many reasons. Perhaps her most distinctive trait is her wonderfully fluid, elegant writing style—even her emails read like poetry! As editors, she makes our job easy. Her warm writing voice and impeccable adab (character) are refreshing and enlightening. Whenever we read her emails, […]

Getting Real with Da`wah: Those Touchy Situations

Imagine three scenarios. The first: A young man sees a Muslim woman sitting behind a table that reads, “Free Qur’ans and Info on Islam,” on his campus. The young man has been wanting to learn more about Islam and thinks this as the perfect opportunity. In his desire to show his respect and acceptance of […]

The Language Argument

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX Judging any argument should not be done with preconceived notions or according to cultural influence, rather it should be judged objectively after looking into its intrinsic merit. As Muslims, our criterion of validity for religious matters is that […]

The Importance of Da`wah and Interfaith Dialogue

Imam Yahya talks about how to convey the message of Islam to our American public.

Declaration of Faith

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX We have all witnessed the declaration of faith administered to a new Muslim and it is generally accepted as a compelling occasion. Naturally, some will be surprised by my usage of the phrase “generally accepted as compelling” to […]

Conveying The Message With Clarity

By Omar Husain The student of knowledge, Da`ee (caller), or Scholar has been given a great blessing by Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) to be in a position to learn, and teach others. However, with teaching comes a great responsibility, as you are responsible for people’s spiritual well being. With this in mind, I feel […]

Da`wah Does Not Always Need a Da`wah Table

By Mariam Al-Kalby We have the assumption that when we want to participate in da`wah, we imagine a long brown table of splayed Qur’ans, brochures, books, and articles introducing Islam. A booth parked on a university campus or at an event: this is the standard or common way of doing da`wah. What we fail to […]

The Crow Looking In

By Ahmed Zaafran There appears to be a growing trend amongst Muslims today where knowledge is used as a proverbial club that beats down anyone who differs with their line of thinking. Discussions regarding Islamic thought that were once considered sacred and adorned with manners (adab) between scholars, are now left to the internet blogs […]

Arabism vs. Universal Islam

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX There is a big misunderstanding amongst much of our immigrant community here in the West. Sadly, this misunderstanding has been passed on to other Muslims and non-Muslims here, thus making it an accepted reality. This series—specifically this article—attempts […]

The Prophet’s Patience with Guidance

We now live a global village; whether on the internet, in one’s own country, or by traveling, people of all different backgrounds are meeting and interacting in a variety of venues. This is a crucial thing for Muslims as it gives us the opportunity to, and indeed also tests us by, representing Islam and calling […]

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 […]

Should Islam Seem Foreign in a Non-Muslim Society?

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI |  Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX Some devoted Muslims might answer this question by saying yes because that’s what the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) taught! It is authentically narrated that our beloved Prophet ﷺ said: “.إن الإسلام بدأ غريبا، وسيعود غريبا كما بدأ، […]

Da`wah with Swag

Imam Suhaib Webb spoke at the Qurtuba Institute’s event hosted by the ADAMS Center. He spoke about da`wah and how Muslim Americans can be more effective on outreaching to others.  

Changing a New Muslim’s Name: Custom or Religious Practice?

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX Issue #4 – Changing the name of a new Muslim It was the summer of 1999 in Tulsa, OK, when I walked into a sandwich shop. My pants sagging and hat turned back and to the side, I looked […]

10th Anniversary of 9/11

The horrific violence that took place on September 11th 2001 spawned many negative – and a few positive – realities. Before going in to any discussion about it, let’s look at the facts: The major negative effects of 9/11 were: The murder of 3,000-plus innocent people, whose “crime” was going to work to support their […]

Balancing Arabization According to the Qur’an and Sunnah

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX We are blessed with the only preserved revelation on Earth which has been proven to be the infallible word of God (exalted be He). The Holy Qu’ran is the miracle of miracles. Those who have been blessed with the knowledge of […]

Faith and the Cubicle

Imam Suhaib Webb discusses the issues facing Muslims in the workplace during this friday khutbah (sermon) titled “Faith and the Cubicle.”

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 […]