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While in a small boat in the middle of the ocean, the sky suddenly darkens and the winds start to pick up. Suddenly, a downpour falls heavily onto your head and shoulders, filling the tiny boat with water. As the boat capsizes, you find yourself surrounded by the seemingly never-ending ocean. You feel completely vulnerable […]
Our newly minted 24 minute media cycle keeps us all on our heels. If you’re like me, you wake up in the morning fully embracing the possibility of nuclear holocaust, ripping satire and an incalculable amount vitriol coming from our President’s mouth. Just weeks ago, the former leader of our nation, Barack H. Obama, had […]
To find Badger - he continually moved from place to place - I’d have to see his mother Chausiku. I dreaded the visit. I had not seen her since her husband's janazah.
It has been a while since the xenophobic side of Canadian politics reared its ugly head. With Trudeau’s Liberals taking power in the Fall of 2015 and slowly executing their vision of a postnational state, we were starting to forget the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric that had become routine under former PM Stephen Harper. In […]
Much ink has been spilt as of late on the topic of social justice. Though injustice is not a new phenomenon (indeed, much of human history has registered rather oppressive conflict), in the modern era it’s extermination has assumed a type of transcendent quality. That is, the elimination of conflict is not merely seen as […]
“I grew up like a neglected weed, – ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it. Then I was not happy or contented.” Harriet Tubman to Benjamin Drew, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, 1855 I’m not a theologian, nor am I an Islamic scholar in the traditional sense. That was not the path that the Creator […]
It’s hard for non-Americans to reconcile the perception of our power as the globe’s only real superpower and our public’s political naiveté at times. However, truth be told we Americans are a very reluctant empire with the domestic political sophistication of a teenager. Why and how come the rest of the world wonders aloud, but, […]
The Good News It has been narrated that Imam Al-Hasan Al-Basri said about hypocrisy: “??? ???????? ?????? ?????????? ????? ??????? ?????? ????????” “No one feels safe from (falling into) it (i.e. hypocrisy) except a hypocrite, and no one fears from (falling into) it except a believer.” The fact that you are interested in learning how […]
Imagine a 20-year-old girl, who had spent her short life misunderstood and ridiculed not only by her peers but by her own family members. Devastated and broken, and suffering for years in silence, her self-esteem was obliterated. She pleaded with her parents for professional help, but her grievances were never taken seriously. Overwhelmed by feelings […]
There’s this article I haven’t written yet, the one where I confess to struggling with depression. In that soul-baring masterpiece I finally admit to sleeping too little and breaking down too often. I talk about having a child with autism, a rare genetic disease, and the heart-breaking pain of watching my children develop the same […]
A shaheed? I thought bitterly. Is that what we’re calling it now? Well, Red saved my life, so maybe he was indeed a shaheed. Maybe his niyyah was pure in that moment. Allahu ‘alam.
By Jamila Hanan The plight of the Rohingya, you must have heard about it by now: one million people living in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, in the state of Arakan (renamed Rakhine) on the coastline bordering Bangladesh. Denied their right to citizenship by a law passed in 1982, the Rohingya are the world’s most […]
Love was in the air at the masjid on Valentine’s Day 2016. As a youth group teacher for our masjid’s Sunday School, I organized a panel of married Muslim adults to speak about their personal experiences with finding love as Muslims. On the panel that day were six members from the community, a mix of […]
All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. “When My slaves ask you [O Muhammad] about me, [tell them] I am near; I respond to the call of the caller when he calls upon Me…” [al-Baqara (2): 186] Why then has my duâ’ (supplication) not been answered?! Below is a translated conversation that […]
Islam is a complete and comprehensive religion. All the guidance that we could possibly need can be found within the teachings of the Qur’?n and Sunnah. Allah says, “And We have revealed to you the Book which clarifies everything, and it is a guidance, mercy and source of good tidings for the Muslims.” (16:89) Thus, […]
Everyone in the United States with some basics civics knowledge knows that the Constitution of the United States has a bill of rights with 10 Amendments in it. The first words of this bill of rights are as follows: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; […]
Recent social media conversations amongst American Muslims indicate that American Muslim laity have fallen victim to an anti-intellectual trend which has gripped American culture. Anti-intellectualism is the campaign against established knowledge and those who possess it. Show More Summary
There was no doubt. It was clearly Jamilah Al-Husayni. My cousin. I hadn’t seen her in three years, but I’d recognize that uncompromising, sharp-nosed visage anywhere.
Melanie was verbally and physically abused through childhood. But Melanie’s obligation was to love and honor her mother, she told herself. This is what Melanie believed as a Christian, and it’s what she believed even more so after converting to Islam. In the Qur’an, God commanded, “Reverence the wombs that bore you.” But what if […]
A few nights a go a little boy went missing from our community. It was a horrible, cold night that his mother spent in the masjid where he was last seen- he had taken the wrong bus. He was supposed to go home that day, not to the masjid, or his Quran teacher’s or his […]