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When a Man has A Billion and a Half Followers

His status in history isn't debated, A question to be asked then, why is the greatest man, when great men are rated.. the one that you don't know… His name is the most popular in the world, (true prophet— their prophecies must come true)...Show More Summary

Friday Links | December 26, 2014

More Iraqi women, both from Sunni and Shi’ite communities, are donning a more conservative religious dress. Al Jazeera features a documentary on the rise of religious schools, or madrasas, for girls and women in Afghanistan. Human Rights Watch calls for the investigation of the death of Nilufar Rahimjonova, who died earlier this year in an [Read More...]

Understand Your Identity and Gain Self Confidence: Art of Connection with Belal Khan

John Hopkins basketball coach was quoted saying, “People often fail because they give up what they want most for what they want now.” The challenge that a lot of us have, especially growing up in the US and the times we live in today...Show More Summary

A Potential Burqa Ban at the Federal Level in Switzerland

The optimism in my last post, at least for Switzerland, has been tempered with news coming out of Switzerland last week. In Switzerland (where niqab is already banned in Ticino since 2013), the German-speaking newspaper SonntagsBlick recently cited a survey saying that 62% of the Swiss population would be in favor of a burqa ban. [Read More...]

21 Lessons in Leadership from the Prophet | Part 7

Part 1 | Part 2  | Part 3 | Part 4  | Part 5 | Part 6 Law of Magnetism: Who You Are is Who You Attract The Law of Magnetism states that the people that you will attract into your organization, community or your life is determined by you are. Show More Summary

Reviving the Role of the Masjid | Part 1

Written by Dr. Hatem AlHaj   As the primary religious institution, the masjid has the greatest role in community building, and its success in performing this role is essential for the wellbeing of the community, particularly where Muslims live as minorities. Show More Summary

Sh. Qasim Hatem’s Road From The Rose Bowl To Religion

At the moment he accepted that he was going to die on the cold bathroom tile of his college apartment, a life that had revolved around football for Qasim Hatem found a familiar and yet entirely new focus. In the spring of 2001, Hatem was a 20-year-old defensive lineman at the University of Washington, a […] The post Sh. Show More Summary

Prayer for Children in a Time of Sadness

6 days agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

By Afeefa Syeed I begin with the name of God. The Spirit who lives through many Teachers through the ages.  The God whose everlasting compassion and never ending mercy are the saving grace of all humanity. God who is the source of Peace and Perfection. God who is the Protector. God who is Just. As [Read More...]

New Canadian Law to Declare Polygamy a ‘Barbaric Cultural Practice’

Canada is taking the lead role in banning barbaric cultural practices. Nay, I should rather say, it's taking a lead role in banning practices that the Harper government considers barbaric. Actually, to be more precise, its banning practices...Show More Summary

Friday Links | December 19, 2014

In Iraq, ISIL is said to have killed over 150 women and girls for refusing to get married to ISIL fighters. Seven people have been arrested in Spain and Morocco in several raids targeting an alleged network recruiting women to join ISIL, including a woman from Chile. According to a UN expert one of the Austrian [Read More...]

22 Study Skills from the Qur’an

By Asharib Syed Editor's Note: Many of the ayah's referenced by number below are partial ayahs. Imam Suyuti defines a verse as “Kullu ayatin wafqatun li tadabur”—“every verse is a moment of reflection, a pause for contemplation.”[1] Qur'an is relevant today, just as it was almost 2 millennia ago. Show More Summary

22 Study Skills from the Qur’an

By Asharib Syed Imam Suyuti defines a verse as “Kullu ayatin wafqatun li tadabur”—“every verse is a moment of reflection, a pause for contemplation.”[1] Qur'an is relevant today, just as it was almost 2 millennia ago. We need to learn...Show More Summary

Charity Week: It really is as epic as The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings (LOTR): long books, totally epic movies.  However, let's put aside the huge productions that are the movies and the intricacies that make up the book for a moment, and think about what it is within the story itself...Show More Summary

At Odds with History: American Narratives of Torture and Human Rights In The Wake of the ‘Torture Report’

By Dr Maha Hilal   Last week, the Senate Select Committee Intelligence released a report on the detention and interrogations programs that were run by the CIA post 9/11. The long awaited report provides details on horrific acts of torture...Show More Summary

Erotica by Muslim Women for Muslim Women

When I attempted entering “Islamic erotica” in a search engine, I was not sure what to expect. A few weeks before doing that, I had stumbled upon the genre while reading Afrocentric Muslimah’s blog post on the need for Muslim women to embrace their sexuality. Curious to know more about Islamic erotica, I decided to search for [Read More...]

11 Things You Didn’t Know About The Biggest Muslim Youth Project in The West

As an organization that began with a few students in London in 2003, Charity Week has now started to spread and grow. Each year, we move one step close to uniting more Muslim students upon their Islamic values and in the service of humanity. Show More Summary

Praying for Victims in Peshawar, Praying for Humanity

last weekReligion / Islam : altmuslim

The editors, columnists and contributors at Altmuslim want to extend their grief and prayers to the 141 individuals — 132 of which are children (according to the Pakistan military) — killed in a violent attack on an army school in Peshawar, Pakistan. The Pakistan Taliban (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the horrible attack. Why a [Read More...]

Death, Grief and Womanhood

I must admit, I can’t wait until the year is over. I have had a difficult year first dealing with my partner’s passing, and then trying to figure out what follows the grieving process. Right after Saad’s passing, I found that my Muslim community had a rather complex and unexplored relationship with death. Many of [Read More...]

21 Lessons in Leadership from the Prophet | Part 6

Part 1 | Part 2  | Part 3 | Part 4  | Part 5 Law of Intuition: Leaders Evaluate Everything with a Leadership Bias The Law of Intuition states that leaders always look at things from a leadership lens. When you study the life of the Prophet,...Show More Summary

Will Jordanian Hind Al Fayez Sit Down? A Look at the Trending Hashtag #Sit_Down_Hind

Women’s participation in the Jordanian political scene has always been a controversial one. Several women in Jordanian political history have made news because of their strong political opposition to their male counterparts’ dominance. The most famous one was Toujan Al-Faisal, who was Jordan’s first female member of parliament. In 2002, Al-Faisal made it to the [Read More...]

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