Archive for the ‘Community’ category

Reflections of a Black Convert – All You Who Are Dreamers

Reflections of a Black Convert: Part I | Part II | Part III – All You Who Are Dreamers By Anthony Hardy “I don’t understand,” said a friend of mine who happened to be an agnostic, “if Muslims here are just as racist as the Christians, why the Hell are you still Muslim?” This question had […]

#ICantBreathe

In light of the recent events in Ferguson and New York, Imam Suhaib Webb gives a powerful sermon on justice and our responsibility as American Muslims.

Reflections of a Black Convert – Eating at the Rind

Reflections of a Black Convert: Part I | Part II – Eating at the Rind | Part III By Anthony Hardy “My father always complains about how Islam has broad acceptance in the African-American community but not in the White American one,” said a Pakistani friend of mine as he handed me a cup of […]

Reflections of a Black Convert — A House in the World

Reflections of a Black Convert: Part I – A House in the World | Part II | Part III By Anthony Hardy “Remember – no matter what you achieve in life,” my mother told me when I was an eight-year-old child, “you will always be nothin’ but a nigger to them.” She looked at me […]

Hispanic Muslims Demonstrate Unity

By Nivia Martinez         The revival of Islam came about in the Arabian Peninsula, but today we can find a Muslim practicing Islam, reading the Qur’an and living a lifestyle of peace in every corner of the world. Those who were not raised Muslim sometimes think they have to make a choice […]

Suppleness of the Muslim State

By Salman Khan In his 1972 book, The Politics of Heroin, Alfred McCoy coined the phrase the “suppleness of the state.” He discussed the history of heroin discovery, production, and existence until today. Among the many discoveries he made was that the CIA actually had a heavy hand in the production and distribution of heroin […]

What is an Imam?

By Leila Adam Being left without an imam (religious leader) at your local mosque makes you realise things that never occurred to you before. Exposure to new and different styles of leadership helps you to learn what will be good for your community and what will cause them to suffer. It’s a strange experience if […]

Living with Depression and Islam

By Anonymous Every morning I wake up and wish I hadn’t. The months, weeks and days pass with me wishing it’ll be the last, and yet there’s no end. At nighttime I cry faintly into my pillow with tears streaming down my cheeks. I whimper in pain, attempting to suppress the sounds that leave my room; […]

Building Masajid

By Salman Khan As a child, whenever you asked a Muslim what they wanted to do when they grew up, building a masjid (mosque) was always one of the responses. Interestingly, this trend continues even at the college level. The answer “I want to build a masjid” seems ubiquitous and a goal of almost every […]

A Second Look at Islamic Schools

Disclaimer: The purpose of this article is to shed light on some overlooked positives of Islamic schools, not to claim that Islamic schools are a right fit for each child. Due diligence must be used by parents in determining whether their local Islamic school meets the needs of each of their children. In addition, no […]

Is Saying Jumu’ah Mubarak an Innovation?

The Question Recently, I saw a lecture on YouTube with a man claiming that saying, “jumu`ah mubārak (a blessed Friday)” on Fridays is an innovation? Is that true? The Answer Scholars of fatwā (legal opinions) divided acts into worship and customs. Both are central to our faith, and scholars gave each a tremendous amount of attention. For that reason, […]

Eid in America: Who Do You Greet and Meet on Eid?

By Maryam Mir Many Eid moon phases ago, I was a new Muslim convert. I have gone to several Eid events during those lunar phases. And like those phases, time has changed some of my views on such joyous events. I still attend though, I do. I love the anticipation of preparing Eid clothes the […]

Dignity, not Charity

By Louiza Chekhar One day, a man from Medina approached the Prophet ﷺ (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) for help, and the Prophet ﷺ asked whether he had any possessions in his house. He asked the man to bring the cloth and bowl which he owned, then sold them to one of his companions […]

On Excess

By Meltem Baykaner The day of Eid al-Adha last year was happily spent with my husband’s side of the family. With the men in one room of my brother-in-law’s house and we women in the other, we laughed as the children bounced around us excitedly, concentrating on one of the activities thoughtfully set up for […]

Ramsha—An 8th-Grade Muslim Girl’s Perspective

My Perspective Counts: Part I In this series of My Perspective Counts, we will be exploring the unique and inspiring lives of Muslims from all backgrounds, faith practices, age ranges and all other variables. Through interviews, we will learn about their struggles, perspectives, passions and wisdom. The following questions were specifically tailored to this young […]

The Spirit of Modesty

By Usman Siddiqui Many Muslims – myself included — often forget about the spirit of Islam in matters of law and worship. For instance, do we not recite 114 times in the Qur’an, “In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful” – should this not, then, be the spirit with which all our actions […]

Give and Take?

By Chad Earl 6 Questions Before Giving Advice and 4 Tips to Take It Part 1: Intro We often hear and read that giving advice to our brothers and sisters is a critical part of our faith1 . “Ad-din An-naseeha: Religion is sincerity”2 is often quoted to remind us of the importance of giving sincere […]

It Was a Great Day to be a Muslim: How I Found Nourishment for My Soul

  Yesterday. I sigh remembering it. What a blessing yesterday was.  I met up with an old friend who lived across the street from me when we were kids. Back then we used to hang out either on his driveway or in his house just jamming on our guitars. I played the six-string and he […]

Addressing The Diminishing Role of Leadership: The Mosque and Imam

Da`wah Reflection Series: Part I | Part II In the name of Allah, the All Hearing, the All Knowing In 2012, Dr. Ihsan Baghby republished the 2011 report The American Mosque1 . In that research piece which seeks to map the growth, tendencies and leadership structure of the American Muslim community, there are a number […]

The Church on the Hill

By Fatima Siwaju As a Muslim woman living in Trinidad and Tobago, I’m used to standing out. At school, I was amongst a handful of students who wore the hijab (headcovering) and yet, I never felt insecure about my appearance. I took dance classes, played the steel pan, participated in debates, and played cricket, all in […]