Archive for the ‘International Affairs’ category

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 […]

Blind in Broad Daylight

Free men: imprisoned, exiled, or dead – an accurate description of the Libyan situation during the 1980’s and 1990’s. In the mid-2000’s Gaddafi’s regime started changing faces, trying to improve its international relations, but that did not change the brutal reality of the police state in Libya. Thousands of men were killed in Gaddafi’s prisons, […]

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 […]

At the Heart of Libya’s Rage, a Massacre

By Tasbeeh Herwees It was the third funeral that summer. “Inna lilahi was ilayhi raji`oon,” my aunt said under her breath after she heard the news of his death. Verily, we belong to God, and to God we return. I’d heard the phrase a lot that summer of 2009 in Libya. I tripped over the words, my American tongue […]

Egyptian Revolution: Eyewitness Story

After returning from Egypt in February, Imam Suhaib Webb shares his experiences and reflections about the peaceful Egyptian Revolution. Please continue to keep the people across the world who are struggling for freedom and human rights in your du`a’ (prayers).

History of Minorities

It hit me a few weeks ago how selective my knowledge of history is. My internal Black history database consisted of scattered facts on the slave trade and the civil rights movement; nowhere could I find information on achievements or accomplishments at the hands of African Americans. Fortunately, I was able to fill in some […]

The Situation in Libya

Written by Hoda Emneina, Omar Kelani, Mohammed Kelani, Duaa Kelani Tunisia, the spark. Egypt, the flame. The fire that has been spreading across North Africa and the Middle East has left leaders in the west in a state of shock and panic. Many Libyans living abroad have been desperately waiting for the trigger that would […]

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 […]

The Birth of the Prophet and the End of Tyranny

Imam Suhaib Webb discusses the relevance of the historical events in Egypt and the birth of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him). This khutbah took place at ICNYU on February 4th, 2011.

Today, Egypt is Free

In this video, Imam Khalid Latif emotionally discusses the relevance of what happened in Egypt and how we as Muslims in the U.S. can learn from this momentous event in History.

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 […]

Today’s Opening of the Red Sea (Lessons from Egypt)

When Prophet Musa (as) stood in front of the Red Sea, a tyrant and his army approached from behind. Some of those in Musa’s midst began to divide. Looking ahead, those people saw only defeat: “And when the two bodies saw each other, the people of Moses said: ‘We are sure to be overtaken.’”(Qur’an, 26:61). […]

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 […]

Part I: 8 Reflections from an American Student in Cairo

Part I | Part II Wednesday, February 3, 2011 I write this message on the first day of being back in America having traveled from Cairo. It was with an incredibly heavy heart that I had to leave. When the protests started and the situation was uncertain, my husband and I had to make a […]

Shaykh Abdul Maqsood’s Ruling on the Events in Egypt

By Shaykh Abdul Maqsood | Translated by Ibrahim Hindy Since the events in Egypt unfolded, many of us have been waiting to hear what the scholars of Egypt think about the demonstrations. Alhamdulillah, today (after the internet was turned on in Egypt) some of the voices of the scholars have emerged. Below I have translated […]

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 […]

Prayers for Egypt + Update!

As massive protests unfold throughout the Middle East, all eyes are on Egypt, which has gone into it’s fifth day of uprising against the Mubarak-led government. Some of the team is currently in Cairo. One of them shared the following account: “There is a curfew in effect since 4pm on Saturday, and most people are very […]

Islam and Fair Trade

By Suzan El-Ajou What are the congruencies between Islamic business ethics and the Fair Trade principles? With one-fifth of the world’s total population identifying themselves as Muslim1, and with the consideration that they are active participants in world markets, it is imperative to include the Muslim community in business affairs and look for ways to […]

The Ummah’s Victory Starts with YOU

One day, a group of people were sitting around and talking about the problems of the Ummah.  They began raging about the lack of women’s roles within specific communities, the “backwards” ways that people often behave and the general desperate situation of the Muslims. One woman then shared her analysis, “It’s because of people from […]

Injustice Cannot Defeat Injustice