Archive for the ‘Islamic Studies’ category

10 Guidelines for Gender Relations in Islam

By Muslema Purmul and Maryam Amirebrahimi Reconstructing Beauty Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII A Clarification on Beautifying Gender Relations Within the Community Co-ed Love for the Sake of Allah? Part 1 | Part 2 I was standing next to the grave, supplicating quietly to Allah for the man we […]

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, […]

Updated: How the Muslims Killed Dracula

Author’s Note 10-10-2014: I wrote “How the Muslims Killed Dracula” in 2010 in hopes of telling the little known story of an unsung hero, Radu cel Frumos the Voivod and warrior of Wallachia who led the battle against the genocidal mania of his own brother, Vlad Ţepeş, known in infamy as Dracula. Since then, the article […]

Is The Quran A Violent Text Or Is Your Reading A Tad Off?

By Joe Bradford | Originally Posted on www.joebradford.net An Open Letter to Atheist Muslims Dear Self Described Atheist Muslims, Let’s start with what I am not going to do. I am not going to accuse you of never knowing anything about Islam. Most of you have grown up in Muslim families, attended Muslim Sunday school, gone to […]

Man’s Best Friend? The Islamic View on Dogs

In my days before Islam, I was never much of a fan of dogs. Some of the guys I ran with had Pits and Rottweilers, maybe trying to look all macho, and my family had a couple dogs, but I never had a dog. Other reverts may have had a special relationship with their dogs […]

Know Thy Self: Opinion on Hajj Selfies by Suhaib Webb

Question: It seems every week there is a new internet conflict. Over the last few days, people criticized me for posting my Hajj selfies. What is your opinion about this? Answer: That is a sad question, and I find it strange that people have the time to look at other people’s pictures and criticize them. […]

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 […]

The Best Days of this World

Originally Posted in November 2009 By Zahra The Virtues of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah1 : 1. Ahadith (narrations) of the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him): قال النبي –صلى الله عليه وسلم-( مامن أيام العمل الصالح فيها أحب إلى الله من هذه الأيام قالوا يا رسول الله : ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله […]

When You Marry for Four Reasons, Don’t Forget Your Reason

By Karim Serageldin As a practicing psychologist, I was once consulted by a brother in Turkey in need of immediate relationship advice. In summary, the brother’s “emergency” was that he had met a nice religious girl from a good family but was not attracted to her at all. He was under pressure from both his […]

The Evil Eye Is Real

Disclaimer: this post is not meant to explore the evil eye in and of itself, nor is it meant to provide any type of legal rulings or scholarly opinions regarding it. Instead, it’s simply meant to be a reflection and reminder to us all. Although most of us have heard of the evil eye and […]

My Fiancé is Pushing Me to Be Religious

Question:  I am a Muslim living in the US and I am happily engaged. AlhamdulilLah (praise be to God) my iman (faith) and my love for my deen (religion) have always been high: I decided to wear the hijab 3 years ago on my own, I teach in a masjid, I attend halaqas (study circles) […]

Striving for Excellence

First Topic: Why Be Good When You Can Be “Excellent”? By Uzma Awan It so happens, sometimes Shaytan (Satan) fools us into believing we are doing well. We are keeping up with our fard (obligatory) salah (prayer), Ramadan fasts, yearly zakat (a tax that is the duty and social obligation of every Muslim), and infrequent […]

Eastern Texts Meet Western Quills: The First English Translation of the Qur’an

By Lubaaba Amatullah When asking fellow Muslims about the first English Qur’an, the response is frequently a reference to the 1930 translation by Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall. Less frequently an excited voice speaks of the George Sale Qur’an of 1734. However, British Islamic – and Qur’anic – history extends long beyond that, in a rich account […]

The Digital Dunya: Why I’m OK With Mediocre

It took me a very long time to realize this, but as soon as I did, I found myself shuttled into a new realm of liberation. I am fine with being mediocre. Let me explain. In this tech-savvy day and age, religiosity has found a new medium for expression: the internet. It is through this […]

How to Speak to a Gay Sibling

Question: My 18-year-old sister recently told me that she was gay. Not only that, but she was also in a relationship with a girl whom we all thought was her best friend. And to make matters even worse, she said she was not sure she felt Muslim anymore. Obviously, I was shocked. But I love […]

Reflections on Friendship

Coming out of Ramadan, our souls are more raw and perceptive. That cuss word or the gossip that we freed our tongue and hearing of during Ramadan feels like ice on sensitive teeth. There is pain and irritation. And leaving Ramadan to the humdrum of daily life brings with it the very things we tried […]

Restoring the Balance: Compassion for God’s Creation

By Shabaana Kidy With the developments of the 21st century, we have come to expect variety, ease and speed in the way we buy and sell. However, most of us might not realize how the intense demands of the consumer culture we find ourselves in have put immense strain on all areas of production. We […]

After Repentance Comes… Hardship?

“And [He also forgave] the three who were left behind [and regretted their error] to the point that the earth closed in on them in spite of its vastness and their souls confined them and they were certain that there is no refuge from Allah except in Him. Then He turned to them so they […]

“O Allah, Make us of Your ‘Few’ Servants!”

From Kitab al-Zuhd by Ahmad bin Hanbal | Translated by Jinan Bastaki I received this in a text message and thought it was beautiful, so I thought it would be nice to translate and share. It can be found in Kitab al-Zuhd by Ahmad bin Hanbal, and also in the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah. ((.مر سيدنا عمر […]

Worship of the Heart

Qur’an Reflections “Recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book and establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do.” [Qur’an 29:45] Reciting this verse of Qur’an always makes me stop and reflect on my prayer.  Allah subhananhu wa […]