Posts Tagged ‘Islam and the West’

American Customs: What is Permissible?

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 which I would like to discuss as it has been understood by various scholars. This hadith is found in the authentic collection […]

Drop the Prefix, I’m Just Muslim

What kind of Muslim are you?  The question seems odd, but for those who seek to divide and conquer Islam, the answer has become increasingly important.  Even more disturbing are the labels we assign ourselves. In our families few of us can say we’ve never disagreed with our siblings.  But when a family member makes […]

America’s Extrajudicial Disappearing Act: Naji Hamdan and his Upcoming Release

by Reem Salahi Naji Hamdan shuffled into the prisoner visitation area wearing a dark blue prisoner jumpsuit. He was thin and pale, a consequence of having been detained incommunicado, tortured and subsequently imprisoned at Al Wathba Prison in Abu Dhabi since August 26, 2008.  His eyes were bloodshot and his hands quivered as a result […]

The Public Health Care Option Is An Islamic Issue

Al-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz (Malcom X) once described the impact a hadith had on him when he first heard it (during his turn toward orthodoxy) because its implications were so profound. He states in his autobiography in his meeting with Dr. Shawarbi, “he dropped on me something whose logic would never get out of my head. […]