Archive for the ‘Domestic Affairs’ category

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 […]

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 […]

Twenty Years in September

My Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 I woke up. Everything was spinning. The fading blue sky was spinning over my head as the sun had just begun to set in September 1991. Where am I? I was sleeping in the backseat of my friend’s Jeep Cherokee going north on I-45 from Galveston, TX. We […]

Five Ways to Green your Ramadan

By Muaz Nasir “And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority.”  (Quran 2:30) In Ramadan, there are five simple ways you can make this month more environmentally-friendly. All of these suggestions set the foundation for green habits that can be implemented year-round. 1. Eliminate […]

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 […]

From Sh. Bin Bayyah to the American Muslim

In a video message for an Islamic Conference, Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah addresses American Muslims.  

LA Times: Imam teaches Islam with a distinct U.S. style

By Raja Abdulrahim | Los Angeles Times May 27, 2011 At the pulpit of an inner-city Chicago mosque, the tall blond imam begins preaching in his customary fashion, touching on the Los Angeles Lakers victory the night before, his own gang involvement as a teenager, a TV soap opera and then the Day of Judgment. […]

When Did Islam Trademark Terrorism?

The False Perception First, the accusation was: “All Muslims are terrorists.” When the bigots who made this statement realized no one in their right mind would believe that all 1.6 billion Muslims in the world could be terrorists, they reversed their statement to sound more objective and fair: “All Muslims may not be terrorists, but […]

What is Shariah Law?

In light of recent political debates about Shari`ah in America, Osman Umarji explained what Shari`ah law is during a friday sermon at the Islamic Center of Irvine on March 25, 2011.

Thoughts on Burn-a-Qur’an Day

We are reposting this article in response to the recent burning of the Qur’an by Pastor Terry Jones. On September 11th 2010, the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida was due to host ‘Burn a Qur’an day’, which seems to have been called off – for now. The Pastor responsible for the event explained his […]

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 […]

Avoiding the Shutdown

In light of the potential government shutdown, Imam Suhaib Webb discusses the importance of introspection and avoiding a shutdown of the soul. In his friday sermon, he mentions how to avoid the diseases of the heart.

Immediate Reflections CNN’s “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door”

By Imraan Siddiqi The CNN Special “Unwelcome – The Muslims Next Door” premiered a few days ago and is one of the highest profile pieces in mainstream media regarding Islamophobia. At first, I was sort of squeamish about tuning into the program, because even though we have become adept at reading endless emails, columns, and talk […]

A Believer’s Response to the King Hearings

For Muslims, now is a time of turmoil. With the recent hearings on Capitol Hill, led by Representative Peter King, on the “radicalization of the Muslim-American community,” the battle against Shari`ah, and wide spread anti-Muslim sentiment, it’s difficult not to feel despair. Many of us are wondering, why is this happening to us? How could […]

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 […]

The Muslim Family Response to Hatred

by Kari Ansari Last month, an annual fundraiser was held in Yorba Linda, California to raise money for combating homelessness and domestic abuse in the local community. Sounds great, right? It’s something that Christians, Jews and other faith groups do frequently, except this event happened to have been organized by Muslims. Families who had given […]

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 […]

African Muslims in America: A Rich Legacy

The legacy of African Muslims in America, a deep and rich history, has been left unmentioned in the history books and forgotten by historians. For 400 years, Muslims from Senegal, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Mali among other nations were taken from their homelands and brought to the United States, the Caribbean and South America as […]