Archive for the ‘Community’ category

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 […]

Lessons from Lyndon: What the Muslim Community Can Learn from the President’s Mistakes

By Salman Khan Lyndon B. Johnson, our 37th President, sought to establish the Great Society. It was his vision for the future of America, a place filled with equality not only racially, but economically and socially. It entailed the passing of one of the most ambitious and comprehensive programs the country had ever seen, comparable […]

Leadership Modeled: The Case of Abu Bakr (ra)

Da`wah Reflection Series: Part I | Part II “O you who believe! Betray not the trust of Allah and the messenger nor misappropriate knowingly things entrusted to you.” (Al-Anfal 8: 27) “Each of you is a guardian, and each of you will be asked about his subjects.” (Al-Bukhari) “O People of Da`wah, Da`wah is a trust to be cared […]

Is the West Inherently Un-Islamic?

Islamophobia is very real in this post 9/11 world—no one with objective ears and eyes can deny that there is a massive campaign to distort or vilify mainstream Islam and Muslims. Unfortunately, a segment of the population doesn’t see it as bias propaganda; rather they take it as exposing information regarding the inherent evil of […]

A Call to Education

By Salman Khan It was my senior year in high school and it would be an understatement to say that I was ill prepared for the college application process. I was a good student, but like many of us, I never really grasped how my high school career would impact the rest of my life. […]

The Goodbye Hug

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Many of us only hear destructive marriage stories within the Muslim community. The constant flow of negative narratives can cause many to cringe and fear marriage. However, the reality is that there are so many incredible, beautiful, passionate, fulfilling and compassionate love […]

What is Your Worth?

By Waqas Mustafeez Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala (exalted is He), tells us in the oft quoted verses of Surah Hujarat:   “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is […]

Two Words

He had never prayed two rak`ah (units of prayer) in his adult life. Born and raised in Egypt, he had continuously heard the athan (call to prayer) and the iqama (second call to prayer) rolling through the streets, calling the believers to prayer, but he had never voluntarily accepted the call. This included refusing to […]

Passionate Love, Avoiding Zombies & More: 2013 Year in Review

Year in Review: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 As one of our guest authors reminded us this year, there was practically no human suffering that the Prophet ﷺ did not experience—whether it was the loss of a loved one, poverty, or abandonment. He appealed to people at a personal level. He felt for […]

Knowledge on Steroids

Many of us live busy lives which we often have to compensate for by requiring things done instantly. Of course, the plus side of this is that ‘productivity’ increases, but it undoubtedly comes at a cost, often to our health and/or general lifestyles. Technology has played a significant role in facilitating this—take email as an […]

The Caller’s Epiphany

By Yadira Thabatah “And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided” (Qur’an, 2:186) As reverts, we share […]

5 Ways to Stop Being Judgmental

If that feeling of, “I’m better than thou,” creeps up on you while comparing yourself to someone else, consider the following: 1. Consider the saying, “Some saints have a past and many sinners have a future.”  Being a ‘saint’ isn’t guaranteed for any one person for a lifetime. But the path to God’s forgiveness is always […]

Including Dissenting Opinions is Key

Lessons in Islamic Work: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII |Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII One of the things that happens in work in general is that we have a tendency to sideline those who disagree with us. It just makes the whole decision-making process easier and things can move […]

Understanding Overlapping Priorities

Lessons in Islamic Work: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII |Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII One of the common mistakes that is seen in those who are working for Islam is that they lose balance of all the things they are responsible for. We know that the Prophet ﷺ said: “Every […]