Posts Tagged ‘Culture & Society’

American Customs: What is Permissible?

Originally posted in October 2009. America was indeed built as a melting pot of different cultures. That being said, throughout our history there have become some universally accepted cultural practices. There is a famous and often misunderstood hadith (narration) which I would like to discuss as it has been understood by various scholars. This hadith is […]

Satan’s Strategy

One of the most sobering talks I have with my students entering their first professional year of pharmacy school is about substance abuse. It is now a staple in our program to bring in a rehabilitated pharmacist on the last day of orientation to talk about his experience with substance abuse – what led him […]

Seeing the Signs: Finding God through Nature

This is part of a series of posts entitled “Muslims Making a Difference,” featuring Muslims benefiting society at different levels. To nominate someone to be profiled, please email their name, contact info and bio to: feedback[at]suhaibwebb[dot]com. This month we are spotlighting DC Green Muslims, a network of Muslims working proactively to help their communities understand and […]

Thoughts on the Fort Hood Tragedy

Asalamu `alaykum, Over the last few days I received a number of emails and messages expressing great disillusion with what has happened at Fort Hood. This is your chance to vent, offer your thoughts and share in the healing process. One of the positive, out of many, things I’ve noticed is the idea of taking […]

Digg the Intellectual Revolution

After revealing the Zionist plan to occupy Palestine—initially published fifty years prior to the Occupation—former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan was asked in an interview: “Don’t you fear that that the Arabs would read your plan and prepare themselves?” His response: “Rest assured, the Arabs are a nation that doesn’t read, and if they read […]

On the Misappropriation of Culture & the Centrality of Revelation

I had a reflection concerning the ‘urf discussion. Why do we spend so much time discussing ‘urf, which is secondary, when actually priorities dictate that we first focus on the universal manners and attitudes that are established by the sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh)?  Sure Islam leaves a certain level of leeway for various cultural […]

The Cultural Imperative Of Islam: Authority of Shari`ah Over Custom

Necessary Pre-requisites to the Cultural Imperative In dealing with a “discussion” (disciplined conversation) or “discourse” (ideological systematic discussion) on culture we need clarity on a number of matters. Of these matters that we need clarity on and understanding of are the following: A clear definition of “culture,” “custom,” “localized norms” and “practices” as understood in […]

“The time for the gangsta Muslim is over.”

The Missing Malcolm: The Lost Chapters

By Simon J. Black The Missing Malcolm: An Interview with Manning Marable IN YOUR new biography of Malcolm, Malcolm X: A Life of the Invention, you discuss three missing chapters from Alex Haley’s collaboration with Malcolm, The Autobiography of Malcolm X. What’s happened to them? And what’s their importance to understanding Malcolm’s life? THEY’RE IN the […]