Posts Tagged ‘Reform and Revival’

A Letter to the Culture that Raised Me

Growing up, you read me the Ugly Duckling. And for years I believed that was me. For so long you taught me I was nothing more than a bad copy of the standard (men). I couldn’t run as fast or lift as much. I didn’t make the same money and I cried too often. I […]

Muhammad ‘Abdu’s Advice for Educational Reform in the Ottoman Empire

This is an excerpt from a letter written by Imam Muhammad ‘Abdu to the leaders of the Ottoman Empire when he learned of their plans to enact educational reforms. His letter begins with the importance of education, particularly for the development of a strong Islamic nation. He then recommends approaching religious education at three levels, […]

Just My Thoughts

There’s a strange sadness today. It’s not the kind that leaves you empty or lonely, or even wanting. It’s the still kind. The kind that comes from a certain level of understanding, even acceptance. I looked at this photo today, and every time I did, I found tears fill my eyes. It was a sunset […]

Unprofessionalism in the Muslim Community

It’s the end of the month, but there will be no paycheck for another week. As though being late wasn’t bad enough, to top it off, you are made to feel as though the money you’ve worked for isn’t your right; they are doing you a favor by paying you anything at all. This Islamic […]

Giving Charity – in Person

In the Holy Qur’an, Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala, exalted is He) contrasts the believers and disbelievers not only in their faith, but also in specific actions. A recurring example is the act of feeding the hungry. Allah (swt) frequently describes the righteous believers as those who feed the needy, as in the Qur’an where He says: […]

Is it Better to Avoid the Mubah?

Imam as Shatibi (r) discusses very elaborately and at length, in his famous work, al-Muwāfaqāt, the ḥukm (law) that is known as “mubāh” or that act which has a neutral status in Islamic Law. It is usually defined as “an act whose commission or omission is not required.” Is this subject too abstract? Though this […]

Recycling Hope: My Journey to Jordan

WebbStaff Note: 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. Muslims Making a Difference: I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII | VIII | IX | X | XI | XII […]

National Campus BDS Conference

Note: Insha’Allah SuhaibWebb.com will be sending people to cover this conference. Announcing the 2009 Campus Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Conference at Hampshire College endorsed by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel What & Where: From November 20th through the 22nd, students, faculty, and staff from around the country who are […]

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: […]

More Than Just a Book: Thoughts on the Magnificent Nature of Scholarship

By Suhaib Webb | Based on a lesson by Dr. `Amir Wardani Recently we were reading a text with Dr. `Amir Wardani and the following gems sprinkled from his lips: “Islamic scholars were concerned with creating a student that was complete in his knowledge as well as morals. For that reason, when you read their […]

Know Your Hadith: Part V

By Huda Shaka` Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Hadith during the time of the Companions and their followers (may Allah be please with them) This section of the book has amazing stories which were my motivation behind starting this whole series of posts.  […]

Why Was Imam Luqman Abdullah Shot 18 Times?

Asalamu `alaykum, More Here from Imam Dawud Walid. Statement from the National Lawyers Guild: Here Some quotes: “A black man, a Muslim, and a community leader is shot 18 times in an FBI raid amidst allegations of entrapment and unethical conduct. The media frenzy drives the story for a few days and we are inundated […]

Know Your Hadith: Part IV

By Huda Shaka` Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI How did the Hadith spread during the lifetime of the Prophet (s)? As mentioned in previous posts, the early Muslims studied Hadith along with the Qur’an in their study circles at Dar al-Arqam. Soon after […]

Al-Ghazali and Ibn Taymiyyah on Fanaticism

Translated by Suhaib Webb The Proof of Islam, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, d. 505 a.h, wrote: “If you see a scholar declaring others infidels and misguided, shun him and do not busy your heart or your tongue with him! Provocations in knowledge are undoubtedly  from people’s nature, and the ignorant one is unable to exercise patience […]

Know Your Hadith: Part III

By Huda Shaka` Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI The Prophet Muhammad’s (s) methodology of teaching his companions This post is my way of commemorating the Prophet Muhammad (salla Allahu `alayhi wa sallam – may the peace of Allah be upon him), the greatest […]

A Defense of Muslim Activism

Recently, the Muslim activist has become a punching bag for a wide variety of attacks, slurs, and statements which disregard and marginalize, at best, and vilify at worst, the concept of Islamic activism. From the idea that Islamic activism today is just the tattered remnant of political movements long since gone awry, to the suggestion […]

A Discussion on Hijab.

By Rabea Chaudhry Hijab: Inside the Head that Wears the Crown Depending on how you want to calculate it – legally, culturally, or religiously – my husband and I have been married for either two, three, or four years. And, in the time that we’ve spent together, I’ve read every relationship and self-help book that […]

Zakat and Social Justice by Amira Murphy

By Amirah Murphy One of the Quran’s major themes is social justice for those whom society disadvantages and compassion for the vulnerable. God says in the Quran: As for the believing men and the believing women—all [of them] are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong. Moreover, they […]

Relevant Religion: Dr. Sherman Jackson’s Latest Work “Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering”

In his controversial 1973 book, Is God a White Racist?, William R. Jones sharply criticized black theologians for their agnostic approach to black suffering, noting that the doctrine of an ominibenevolent God poses very significant problems for a perennially oppressed community. He proposed a ‘humanocentric theism’ which denies God’s sovereignty over human history and imputes […]

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