Archive for the ‘Men’ category

Gender Relations in the Prophet’s Society

Lessons for Today The following lecture compares three contemporary social issues with the time of the Prophet ﷺ: Gender relations, racism and drinking. The below article delves into more detail with regards to gender relations in particular. Many of us lament that we’re no longer like the Companions of the Prophet ﷺ; that their times […]

Hook Up with Allah, Allah will Hook You Up

Originally published in April 2010 Part I | Part II Before I got married, I was given unsolicited advice on how to change in order to make myself “more appealing” to men. Sisters would voluntarily tell me I should change my dress style, personality and passion for activism in order not to scare them away. […]

Hijab is Not to Protect Men, But to Honor Women

As we know, Islam provides a few guidelines on dress code for both men and women. They are designed to promote modesty while still allowing a functioning and healthy society. I’ve heard and read a number of stories and have observed the attitudes of many brothers: that Islamic guidelines for women’s clothing and modesty exist […]

How Watching Pornography Changes The Brain

By Mohamed Ghilan, UVic Neuroscience It is now recognized in neuroscience that the brain is malleable. It changes with our experience and forms pathways and connections that correlate with what we watch, listen to, and learn. From the active engagement in a philosophical discussion in class to the learning of directions in the new city […]

Standing and Urinating in Islam

It has become a common practice in many parts of the world for men to stand and urinate. The presence of urinals in almost every male bathroom has not only taught, but also encouraged people to stand up while relieving themselves. What does Islam say about this behavior? First of all, we must remember that […]

Modesty: An Inside-Out Approach

Think modesty (hayā’). What comes to mind? It could be wearing hijāb and dressing modestly. Or maybe it is using decent and clean speech. Or it might be conducting ourselves with dignity and self-respect around the opposite gender. If we know we’ve fallen short in our modesty, we feel the need to change in some […]

It’s Tough Being a Girl

Many of the discussions that exist around gender in the Muslim community, both in the United States and abroad, have not fruitful. In this khutbah, Imam Latif speaks about the need for Muslim women to empower themselves through knowledge and also discusses how Muslims on a whole have failed to treat their women with the […]

Chivalry in Islam

Suhaib Webb discusses the topic of ‘Chivalry in Islam’ in light of current events and the life of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him) and the Companions. Podcast: Download (Duration: 32:07 — 15.4 MB)  

Defining Manhood: The Facade of Being “Hard”

Last week my sister called.  She has been studying abroad since summer began, so naturally I was thrilled to hear from her.  After hearing how she was, I asked about her new home.  With her living in a Muslim country, I felt assured that everything would be fine.  For that reason, what she described next […]

Battling Temptation

By Hamdi Safwan Battling Temptation: Part I | Part II You know Ahmad, right? He’s that bro you always saw running around the masjid, coordinating events, making way for sisters, and cleaning up after everyone left. He was a prominent activist in the community, and was loved by everyone he met. The youth, especially, bonded […]

Gender Neutrality in the Arabic Language

Question: When I tell this hadith (report of the sayings or actions of the Prophet ﷺ) to a Christian woman, or any woman, how do I explain to her that when the Prophet ﷺ said “man” he is actually referring to a person regardless of gender? The hadith cited is quoted thus in Riyad-us-Saliheen: Abu […]

Extreme Consumerism: The Great Deception

By Hanaa Hamad Ever notice how attached to shopping people have become? How buying new things is now a common hobby? This phenomenon can be condensed into one simple, elusive word: overconsumption. Within the last few decades, it has completely engulfed the American economy. Today, Americans are seemingly obsessed with the superficial. They consume their […]

How To Survive (and Then Benefit From) a Boring Khutbah

We are sitting in the masjid. Front row, clean clothes on, ready to hear something that will inspire us, teach us, and give us gems of spiritual wisdom gleaned from the mountain of Prophethood. Our hearts fill with hope that today will be the day that a young, vibrant and dynamic speaker, or a wise, […]

Men See Bikini-clad Women as Objects, Psychologists Say

By Elizabeth Landau It may seem obvious that men perceive women in sexy bathing suits as objects, but now there’s science to back it up. New research shows that, in men, the brain areas associated with handling tools and the intention to perform actions light up when viewing images of women in bikinis. The research […]

More on the Fiqh of Football [American Football]

Part I | Part II “What about pigskin footballs?” “Isn’t the dead flesh of swine considered filth in the Maliki School?” I did not post Isa’s contention because I assumed that footballs were not made from the flesh of swine and if they were, they went through some type of istihala [don’t have time for […]

Fiqh of Football [American Style]

Part I | Part II Question: What is the ruling on Geese droppings? If we’re playing football, often we will end up praying Asr or Maghrib outside with the same clothes that we play in. I understand that one is not to pray with Najasah and there is always geese droppings everywhere in Chicago. What […]

The Answer to the Heat Wave of Fitnah. Grab the Umbrella of Taqwa (Advice for Summer)

  Asalamu alaykum, I hope all of you are well and pray that everyone is in a state of being close to Allah. Just 10 short years ago I was struggling as a new convert to Islam and one of the greatest hurdles was the ladies. My college days were rough in many regards. Before […]

Gender Interaction On Campus

Question Gender relation questions are a constant on campus. What are the guidelines and limits for interaction between non-mahrams on campus? Answer In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful, The question of gender interaction on campus is one of great importance. Unfortunately, at least in many cases, it has been handled from one […]

Pulp Machismo & The Neoteric Males Pop Culture Dilemma..

By Faisal Ansari and Suhaib Webb “Where are the men?” asked an Islamic leader from Brooklyn New York, “Where are the men?” I will tell you where they are! They have gone “Ten thousand miles into the mouth of a graveyard,” as Bob Dylan said, they are in the devils den, they have taken the […]