Posts Tagged ‘Islam and the West’

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 […]

The Duty of the Muslims in the West

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Note: Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadawi’s opinions below do not necessary reflect the opinions of the author or SuhaibWebb.com. To view Andrew Booso’s discussion and review of Shaykh Abdul Hasan’s positions, please be sure to visit the 4th part of the series: Part IV Shaykh […]

“Muslim Youth Radicalization” Townhall Recording

In light of the recent discussions on Muslim-American radicalization, we would like to re-post our townhall on Muslim Youth Radicalization. We believe this discussion by experts in the Muslim community touched upon salient points that are relevant to the current national discourse. Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:55:00 — 41.3MB) SuhaibWebb.com aims to stay at the forefront on the issues […]

Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi and His Message for Muslims in the West

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Note: Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadawi’s opinions below do not necessary reflect the opinions of the author or SuhaibWebb.com. To view Andrew Booso’s discussion and review of Shaykh Abdul Hasan’s positions, please be sure to visit the 4th part of the series: Part IV The Nadwi […]

Reflections of an Aspiring Student of Knowledge

by Alaa Suliman “One of the ways to acquire proper akhlaq (character) and adab (manners) is to seek knowledge,” our teacher told us. “To seek knowledge with a scholar who has studied with someone.” Last night, our teacher shared that advice before we started our weekly fiqh (Islamic law) class. He then shared a story with us. “My […]

‘Eid Primer for Converts & Potential Khatibs

For Converts, Their Families and One’s Co-Workers and Friends For many of us, the ‘Eid prayer is a simple ritual that we observe twice a year. However, if one recently accepted Islam, or is dealing with the responsibility of his first ‘Eid khutbah, the ‘Eid prayer begins to seem truly daunting. With that in mind, […]

Virtual Pulpit: Net Mosques, Congregations & Imams – Talk by Imam Suhaib Webb

Virtual Pulpit: Net Mosques, Congregations & Imams Speech by Imam Suhaib Webb at the “Islam and Media” conference, held on March 8th, 2010 at UC Berkeley. This event was the second in a series organized by UC Berkeley’s Centers of South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East Studies in their year-long Islam Today program. This […]

Remember Malcolm X: Passing on his Legacy

Today marks the day Malcolm X (rahimahullah – may Allah have mercy on him) was assassinated on February 21, 1965 in New York. by Reem Rahman Know the true meaning of Malcolm X, and you cannot help but be moved. You cannot help but stand up taller and aim to live with greater courage, committed […]

Debunking the Doctor Myth

Career Choices of American Muslims “So, what did you study?” a family acquaintance inquires. “I finished my bachelors in psychology and masters in social work. I’m a social worker now,” I reply. “Oh,” the woman responds. A look of sheer disappointment falls across her face. “Why didn’t you become a doctor? You’re smart enough to […]

An Interview with Omar Regan

Omar Regan is the son of Imam Luqman Abdullah, the Muslim Imam who was gunned down by federal authorities last month in Detroit.  Regan says that his father was wrongfully murdered, but also states that he resented law enforcement because “they didn’t care about people in the hood.”  In spite of that, he earnestly asserts […]

Why They Hate Us (II): How many Muslims has the U.S. killed in the past 30 years?

By Stephen M. Walt Tom Friedman had an especially fatuous column in Sunday’s New York Times, which is saying something given his well-established capacity for smug self-assurance. According to Friedman, the big challenge we face in the Arab and Islamic world is “the Narrative” — his patronizing term for Muslim views about America’s supposedly negative role in […]

Da`wah Episodes: Small Town, Maine

I got in my car, plugged the address in my GPS and embarked on a one and a half hour trek. I wasn’t paying attention to the drive, because I was organizing my thoughts on what I was going to say and preparing myself for potential questions. A pastor from a small town in Maine […]

My Compatriots’ Vote to Ban Minarets is Fuelled by Fear by Tariq Ramadan

The Swiss have voted not against towers, but Muslims. Across Europe, we must stand up to the flame-fanning populists By Tariq Ramadan It wasn’t meant to go this way. For months we had been told that the efforts to ban the construction of minarets in Switzerland were doomed. The last surveys suggested around 34% of the […]

Gobble Gobble

By Izzah Zaroon `Eid al-Adha falls during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend this year.  Thanksgiving marks an American tradition of celebrating the harvest and expressing gratitude.   This sense of gratitude is an important value taught in Islam.  Since both holidays are falling in one weekend, it is important to stress the sense of gratitude that Islam […]

Blackwater’s Secret War in Pakistan

By Jeremy Scahill At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, “snatch and […]

A Mufti’s Moderate Way

by Imām al-Shāti̩bī | Translated by Suhaib Webb From the Qualities of a Muftī: The skillied muftī carries the people on a balanced acceptable way; he does not push them towards severity or excess. The proof for this is that the objective of Islam, in its relationship with people, is moderation, neither radicalism nor being lax. […]

Answering the Bizarre Claims of Younes Mohammed & Yusuf al-Khattab (as seen on CNN)

The Question: Last night on CNN I noticed these two guys claiming that the Qur’an encourages them to scare every non-Muslim on the face of the globe. I wanted to know if this is true? I live with Muslims and share no hostilities towards them. But these type of people do scare me. The Answer: […]

Open Letter to Anwar al-Awlaki

By Omer Mozaffar In response to his blog posting “Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing.”  I would post this letter as a “comment” on that blog entry, but I do not trust that that blog is legitimately his.  Some of the blog postings are so shortsighted and simplistic that I do not expect that they […]

Muslim Americans Must Obey U.S. Laws: Nidal Hasan Disobeyed Islamic Doctrine

by Danios The Islamophobic blogosphere has gone buck-wild.  Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller, and the rest of the goof troop are pretty ecstatic that Major Nidal Hasan, a Muslim American, killed thirteen U.S. soldiers at Fort Hood.  Nothing makes a neo-conservative happier than an attack on American soil; as the family of the victims mourn the […]

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 […]