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  • newBlurred Lines: Women, “Celebrity” Shaykhs, and Spiritual Abuse
    By Ustadha Zaynab Ansari “ou who believe, uphold justice and bear witness to God, even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or your close relatives. Whether the person is rich or poor, God can best take care of both. Refrain from following yo…
    - 15 hours ago, 27 May 15, 1:00pm -
  • Before Ramadan: Renewing our Vows with the Quran
    In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy The Qur'an is the “rope of Allah” (3:103); whoever grabs onto it will be saved, and whoever loosens his grip will be destroyed. The Qur'an is also the “spirit” He revealed (42:52)…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 15, 6:50pm -
  • Ramadan Prep Guide for Busy People | Part 1: Training Season
    Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 I'm all for uplifting messages that inspire us to put forth our best effort in worshiping Allah during Ramadan.  However, in lands where people do not have the luxury of time and sleep post-suhoor, getting max…
    - 10 days ago, 18 May 15, 7:00am -
  • When You Marry for Four Reasons, Don’t Forget Your Reason
    By Karim Serageldin As a practicing psychologist, I was once consulted by a brother in Turkey in need of immediate relationship advice. In summary, the brother's “emergency” was that he had met a nice religious girl from a good family but was not…
    - 14 days ago, 14 May 15, 11:09am -
  • The Muslim Communities Are in a State of Emergency And In It Lies Our Biggest Opportunity.
    They say that humanity only really learns the most earnest of lessons in a state of crisis, a state of complete breakdown. Only after facing that breakdown, are we then capable of embracing the breakthroughs necessary that have largely been neglected…
    - 15 days ago, 13 May 15, 3:07pm -
  • Letter to the Editor: Mass Graves of Rohingya in Thailand — Appeal to ASEAN
    Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) was deeply sad to hear about the finding of more than 30 graves of Rohingya in Sadao, Thailand. This news is not new to us. Ethnic Rohingya who fled prosecutions from the Myanmar go…
    - 15 days ago, 13 May 15, 12:52pm -
  • Life in Prison: How Islam Can Save Aaron Hernandez
    When the gavel came down on Aaron Hernandez — the former New England Patriots and University of Florida football star convicted on April 15 of first-degree murder in the 2013 shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd — a common narrative among tra…
    - 16 days ago, 11 May 15, 8:43pm -

AltMuslim

  • Transitions: Altmuslim joins Patheos
    Brace yourself for some good change: altmuslim is joining the Patheos family. Before Illume, before Islamicity added news and essays to its site, before Beliefnet and later Patheos and Huffington Post Religion created robust Islam sections and/or exp…
    - , 27 Jan 12, 11:21am -
  • Confronting extremism: Mind over jihad
    The US has taken an initiative to spread the counter-extremist message across Pakistan to prevent the breeding of extremism and to deradicalize militants who were completely taken by the jihadist ideology, which is a tough battle because Pakistan is,…
    - , 20 Jan 12, 2:40am -
  • Remembering MLK: Why my daughter should have MLK day off
    The fact that my daughter's Islamic school does not take MLK day off bothers me. All Islamic schools, except perhaps those established by African-American Muslims, have been built by Muslims who have immigrated to this country from abroad. They, even…
    - , 15 Jan 12, 1:37pm -
  • Social change in 2012: After the revolution
    The temperatures plummeted to sub-zero in Anchorage, Alaska, in November 2011, but that did not deter the protesters who had gathered to occupy Town Square. They stayed, rotating shifts to ensure that their encampment was never left unoccupied. In th…
    - , 9 Jan 12, 12:45am -
  • Year in review: The top ten good news stories of 2011
    Sometimes it seems Muslims can’t get a break, and 2011 was no exception. The "creeping sharia" paranoia in the US continued unabated (despite any evidence that there is any real threat of sharia law supplanting the Constitution) with the passage a…
    - , 30 Dec 11, 3:35am -
  • Muslims & Christmas: Santa Claus is coming to town - not
    When I was a kid, I - like millions of other children across America - ardently believed in Santa Claus. The problem? That persnickety detail that I'm Muslim. Oh, and that I happened to be living in Saudi Arabia at the time. There I was, in a desert…
    - , 26 Dec 11, 1:38am -
  • "All-American Muslim" controversy: A litmus test
    Talk to anyone in the Muslim-American community, and they are bound to give you a different take on TLC’s new, and now controversial show “All-American Muslim.” Some say that the show hits the nail right on the head in its portrayal of the ent…
    - , 21 Dec 11, 12:03pm -

Hamza Yusuf

    Akram's Razor

      City of Brass

      • Has Lindsay Lohan converted to Islam?
        Short answer: probably not.Lindsay Lohan was recently spotted carrying a copy of the Qur'an as she left a children's daycare where she's serving her court-ordered sentence of community service. As the article at The Daily Mall helpfully points out,…
        - 14 days ago, 14 May 15, 1:52pm -
      • The Nation of Islam is keeping the peace on the streets of Baltimore #BlackLivesMatter
        No news agency is bothering to cover how thousands of peaceful protestors are expressing their right of free speech in Baltimore, over the killing of Freddie Gray. Instead, the big story is the violence of the few rather than the righteousness of the…
        - 29 days ago, 28 Apr 15, 6:06pm -
      • G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel nominated for Hugo Award – and needs YOUR support
        Few people outside the fandom of science fiction and fantasy probably are aware of the Hugo Awards, but in a nutshell, they are the single most prestigious award for SF/F, launched in 1953 during the Golden Age of sci-fi. These are the Academy Awar…
        - 41 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 1:34pm -
      • Bomb blast in Karachi targets Dawoodi Bohra community
        This happens almost every day in Pakistan - fanatic hirabists commit arrogant blasphemy and murder fellow Muslims in cold blood. This time, the target was my own community, the Dawoodi Bohras. KARACHI: Two people were killed in an explosion that to…
        - 69 days ago, 20 Mar 15, 12:22pm -
      • Proof denies faith
        On Reddit, someone posted the following question: "What convinces you that the Quran is the literal Word of God?" I think this is precisely the wrong question. The book/movie Life of Pi directly and elegantly addresses this question. In the end - n…
        - 76 days ago, 13 Mar 15, 1:33pm -
      • Proud to be American, proud to be Muslim
        This is a guest post by Safiya Dahodwala.Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS graced the land of America for the first time as the 53rd Dai (spiritual leader) of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community. It has been nearly a decade since his predecessor, Sye…
        - 83 days ago, 5 Mar 15, 5:58pm -
      • is ISIS Islamic? Wrong question.
        There is an excellent longform essay on ISIS published in The Atlantic, "What does ISIS Really Want?" that lays out an excellent case fore ISIS being genuinely different in ideology, motivation and ethos than Al Qaeda. The real question boils down to…
        - 99 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 4:34am -

      Suhaib Webb

      • newGiving Up on Life at the Age of 12
        By Mohammad Zafar I distinctly remember an incident that had a lasting impact on me when I was around 11 or 12 years old. I was with my family staying at our cousin’s apartment while my cousin was outside in the hall with some friends. I, of course…
        - 16 hours ago, 27 May 15, 12:00pm -
      • On Calling Oneself to Account
        Two Hundred Word Tidbits:  Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V Originally posted March 2012 The Arabic word for reflecting on one’s spiritual state and taking one’s deeds into account, al-muhasaba, is a word form that indicates an…
        - 3 days ago, 25 May 15, 12:00pm -
      • When Did Faith and Reason Part Ways?
        By Noran Azmy “Faith” is a controversial word for me. In the current global culture, “faith” is thrown in with “emotions”, “superstition” and “delusion”. Belief in God nowadays is somehow tantamount to belief in UFO’s and alien…
        - 7 days ago, 21 May 15, 12:00pm -
      • Seeing Beyond: He who Harms, He who Benefits
        Names of Allah Series:  Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII …
        - 8 days ago, 20 May 15, 12:00pm -
      • Warning Against Wanton Takfir
        Originally posted in November 2011. Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV In light of the modern tendency of some to engage in wanton takfir, it would be irresponsible to not point out some complexities that may relate to takfir in the west. The…
        - 10 days ago, 18 May 15, 12:00pm -
      • A Chosen Man
        By Ismahan Abdullahi   In the darkest hour, your light arose. When souls were lost, wandering aimlessly, seeking that which they did not know, Out came a Prophet, from Allah and Allah alone. When truth was forgotten, mixed in with illusions, In the…
        - 14 days ago, 14 May 15, 12:00pm -
      • 5 Powerful Lessons from the Qur’an to Excel in 2015
        By Paola Garcia It is my strong belief that the Qur’an contains the best personal development technology in existence. I came to Islam after having explored several other spiritual traditions and endless self-improvement courses and books. I can at…
        - 15 days ago, 13 May 15, 12:00pm -

      SeekersDigest

      Loonwatch

      Abdur Rahman's Corner

      QuranClub

      • Yelli is an iOS and Android marriage app for Muslims
        IntroductionHussein Ebied, one of the creators of Yelli, wrote me last month asking me to write about their app. I rarely write about products, but I decided to make an exception in the case of Yelli, since it provides an important and necessary serv…
        - , 22 Jan 15, 11:23pm -
      • A logical religious view of masturbation and other addictive behaviors with potential solutions
        When religious leaders speak of masturbation and other addictive behaviors, even the best informed forward-thinkers among them fail to find a solution, maybe due to the fact that they are so out of touch with what it feels like to be a young person i…
        - , 17 Sep 14, 10:53pm -
      • Blank slates: Why Islam mentions backbiting and spying together, and why they are both forbidden
        A New LifeImagine a man who has done many wrong things in his life. One day he decides to change course and become a better man. But people around him continue to judge him as if he is the same man as before. For this reason he moves to another town…
        - , 30 Aug 14, 1:21am -
      • The Anatomy of Virtue
        What is it that the believer does that makes him worthy of Paradise?This article is an effort, a meditation in hope of reaching a conclusion. I will first lay down my questions, after which my analysis will come, if Allah gives me success.What does t…
        - , 22 Mar 14, 6:02am -
      • Who is Sayyid Qutb?
        He is the writer of Fi Dhilaal al-Quran (In the Shade of the Quran), a 4000 page commentary on the Quran. He is one of the best and most influential writers in Arab history.He was partly responsible for the 1952 revolution in Egypt against British co…
        - , 26 Jul 13, 1:26am -
      • When Does Ramadan 2013 Start in the US? Some Possible Answers
        According to the following naked-eye visibility map from the Makkah Calendar, the US should start fasting tomorrow July 9th (green and blue areas), except for Michigan's Upper Peninsula and possibly some other areas.The city of Houston, Texas should…
        - , 9 Jul 13, 3:26am -
      • Israel
        Any American who supports Israel but doesn't support the right of Native Americans to violently round up all Americans, bulldoze their homes, throw them into the reservations, massacre those who refuse to leave, and take over the country is a hypocri…
        - , 25 Jun 13, 5:38pm -

      Mind, Body, Soul

      Tayyibaat

      • The Not-so-Average Joes
        Written for www.suhaibwebb.com Umar. Abu Hurayrah. A’isha. Abu Bakr. These are among the giants of our Ummah (community). We’ve been hearing their names and stories since we were children and they still continue to inspire us.But there are oth…
        - , 4 Jun 13, 3:31am -
      • Prophetic Narrations You Probably Have Never Heard - Part II
        BismillahLast year, I shared a short compilation of Prophetic narrations that were unheard of in our English-speaking circles.Alhamdulillah (praise belongs to God), a few of our readers asked that I continue sharing these narrations. I’ve compile…
        - , 12 Apr 13, 12:23am -
      • Beautiful Muslim Women in History
        What comes to your mind when I say, “A beautiful Muslim woman”? Many of us may think of a woman in hijab (headscarf) or modest attire. Hijab is indeed beautiful, but by thinking Islamic beauty is only because of hijab, we are perpetuating the…
        - , 7 Apr 13, 10:22pm -
      • Luminosity: Lessons from the Full Moon
        In the summer of 2010, my friends and I went camping during a full-moon in the famous White Desert. As the sun began to set, we made camp and had dinner under the stars. It wasn’t until later in the night that we really saw the full-moon. For all…
        - , 7 Apr 13, 10:20pm -
      • Prophetic Narrations You Probably Have Never Heard
        BismillahAs I became more advanced in my Arabic studies, I immersed myself in reading hadith (prophetic narrations) in the language spoken by our Messenger ﷺ (may the peace and blessings of God be upon him). The more I read, the more I realized…
        - , 25 May 12, 5:36am -
      • Ya Ebaadi: My Servants
        BismillahWhen Allah azza wa jal address His servants, He subhanahu wa ta’ala will say “‘ebaadi” - My servants. Sometimes the ‘yaa’ pronoun (yaa al-mutakalim, meaning “my”) will be there and sometimes it be omitted, while still retain…
        - , 23 May 12, 4:31am -
      • Learn Ilm

        - , 22 May 12, 12:40am -

      Nebu's World

      • An Echo of Inspiration
        Always there were a lot of Inspirational personalities which lived around us just away from our contact. Few days back I met an Old Man near by my residence and we just started a short talk, during those interesting conversation he shared me a story…
        - , 10 Jun 14, 2:21pm -
      • An Obstacle of Inspiration
        Sometimes an Obstacle in our Life Could be an obstacle of Inspiration,  In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchan…
        - , 18 May 14, 2:31pm -
      • Employee Motivation
        Employee motivation and productivity can be enhanced and improved by creating a work environment that maximizes the factors that affect performance. These factors are simple to understand, easy to measure, and can add great value to any organization…
        - , 18 Apr 14, 7:07am -
      • Why MH370 Disappeared ?
        The most dangerous parts of a flight are takeoff and landing. Rarely do incidents happen when a plane is cruising seven miles (11 kilometers) above the earth. So the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines MH370 jet well into its flight Saturday morning…
        - , 21 Mar 14, 7:34am -
      • Mind Magics
        A magical mind with positive thinking is not something special for special persons. But Its been installed within you. A life of success and achievement is a direct result of utilizing the power of positive thinking. The most important asset you have…
        - , 7 Feb 14, 1:55pm -
      • Secrets of Productivity
        How many times have you wished that each day had just a few more hours? Whether you spend your time in school, Home or at work, you may feel like you are always rushed, rushed, rushed, and that there is never enough time to get everything done. Hufff…
        - , 10 Jan 14, 11:40pm -
      • The Six thinking Hats
        Have you ever witnessed a session someone been hats off by others ? Have you ever felt jealous on them ? If so its time to pinch out your jealousy attitude and to wear this Hats to explore a hats off performance. Stay Inspired…. ‘Six Thinking Hat…
        - , 15 Nov 13, 3:10am -

      Chill Yo Islam Yo

      • Fear the Beard?
        Salam, Okay don’t fear the beard. I just titled the post that to grab your attention. Let’s get away from doing takfir and say any man who doesn’t have a fear isn’t a practicing Muslim. I remember at Brooklyn college, a bunch of brothers woul…
        - , 31 Dec 14, 9:26pm -
      • Building Your Personal Brand Without Losing Your Soul
        “Be sincere in your aim and you will find the help of Allah (swt) surrounding you” – Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyyah “Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken”. – Oscar Wilde, Author and Playwright As the world becomes more flat, digital medi…
        - , 25 Dec 14, 4:05pm -
      • When Consumerism Consumes Us
        “Four things in life kill the soul; incessant sinning, arguing with fools, excessive dallying with women, and keeping company with the dead. Who are the dead, command of the faithful? Ali’s companions asked, all those mered in luxury, he answered…
        - , 28 Sep 14, 11:36am -
      • 9 Reasons Why You Should Be Eating Black Seed
        Black cumin, оr black seeds, аrе knоwn bу mаnу names, аnd hаvе јust аs mаnу usеs аs thеу dо monikers. Black seeds аrе native tо Europe, parts оf West Asia, аnd thе Middle East аnd hаvе bееn usеd іn tribal аnd Eastern…
        - , 3 Sep 14, 11:56pm -
      • Why SEO is Important For Your Blog (Part 1)
        If уоu knоw аnуthіng аbоut #online marketing уоu knоw thе іmроrtаnсе оf search engines – еsресіаllу #google. Fоr thе lаst number оf years Google hаs dominated thе online search field. Yоu саnnоt роssіblу bе…
        - , 27 Aug 14, 8:20am -
      • The Art of Giving and Taking Constructive Criticism
        Salam, There’s a thin line between deflecting the blame and calling for equal accountability in both professional and personal life. One behavioral pattern I’ve seen evident from working at companies, and among family relations is that not everyo…
        - , 21 Aug 14, 5:00pm -
      • Cellphone Video Captures Gaza Civilian Reportedly Shot and Killed by Sniper
        Source: Vice News May God protect the innocent and destroy the oppressors! Ameen.The post Cellphone Video Captures Gaza Civilian Reportedly Shot and Killed by Sniper appeared first on Chill Yo Islam Yo.
        - , 21 Jul 14, 6:41pm -

      Muslimness

      • British Nasheed Artists Labbayk Deserve Praise
        Islamic singing group Labbayk stay true to the nasheed genre of performing without music. Heba Saeed reviews their latest album, Oh My Lord.Labbayk, Arabic for 'here I am', is the beautiful name adopted for one of the world's few music-free nasheed g…
        - , 9 Dec 11, 3:38am -
      • Ala Dergi Is Turkey's Vogue Magazine
        Âlâ Dergi is Turkey's answer to the UK’s Vogue magazine  The fashion forward magazine, Âlâ Dergi, is becoming one of the most recognised Turkish publications despite its relatively recent debut in June 2011. Prevailing as a prospective market…
        - , 30 Nov 11, 2:36am -
      • MyPeace Launches Australia's First Islamic TV Ad
        There's been growing emphasis in Australia on the separation of religion from schools, government and other public sectors. Educational ministers proposed an overhaul of the regulation surrounding religious celebrations in public schools including ba…
        - , 30 Nov 11, 2:36am -
      • ♫ Fathi Otmani's 'The Most High' Is Yoga For The Soul
        Fathi Otmani's The Most High is simply yoga for the soul.The Amsterdam born nasheed (Islamic music) artist recently created 'The Most High', an eclectic music video praising God, with support from Islamic Relief.'The Most High' carries a message of t…
        - , 30 Nov 11, 2:34am -
      • Helping Muslims With HIV is Not a Chore
        Helping Muslims With HIV is Not a Chore Guest writer for MUSLIMNESS, Mohammad Shakir works at International HIV Fund and shares his thoughts on why taboo diseases should not prevent Muslims from visiting the ill. Contact Mohammad on info@internation…
        - , 30 Nov 11, 2:22am -
      • Our Favourite Muslim Charity Organisations
        "The people ask you (Muhammad) what they should spend in charity. Say: Whatever you spend that is good, is charity for your parents and families and orphans and those in need and for travellers. And whatever you do that is good, Allah is aware of it.…
        - , 24 Nov 11, 1:15pm -
      • Design Molvi Makes Radical Islamic Clothing
        MUSLIMNESS wears Design Molvi's latest Dawah t-shirt, 'Muslim Fun-damentalist''Design Molvi' are a British based design store that sells casual wear inspired by Islamic humour. Their colourful and provocative t-shirts carry ethical messages which acc…
        - , 24 Nov 11, 1:15pm -

      Muslim Youth Musings

      • The Polygamy Game
        By Adnan Samma • Muslim Youth MusingsUnfair as thy fate might seemThrough the distress of circumstances seenComes hope, the mistress that does not deemAnd faith, the wife that shall redeemPolygamy in the premises of the choices unkindledWhen…
        - 55 days ago, 2 Apr 15, 7:03pm -
      • Working It Out: Muslim American or American Muslim?
        By Maryam Ali • Muslim Youth MusingsMy stomach clenched. Surrounded by an unpleasant stench in the gym, I froze with fear as my physical education teacher informed us that the upcoming weeks would be spent learning the salsa dance. The goal of t…
        - 55 days ago, 2 Apr 15, 5:19pm -
      • On Air with Radio Islam
        By Fatimah Waseem • Muslim Youth MusingsAt MYM, we believe today’s writers should write to craft a better tomorrow. In line with our mission, we sat down for our first major radio interview in a segment called, “Tomorrow’s Writers Making an…
        - 65 days ago, 23 Mar 15, 5:09pm -
      • I Will Not Be Gunned Down
        By Shaziya Barkat • Muslim Youth MusingsI stood staring at myself in the mirror, carefully wrapping my headscarf around my hair. The image stared back at me, clear as water. And that purity made me cringe. I struggle against the tide every day, a…
        - 93 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 11:30pm -
      • Painting for Tomorrow
        By Muhtasham Sifaat • Muslim Youth MusingsIt was a walk like any other on a bright Sunday morning, nearing noon. A summer walk on a dirt trail, the kind if you would stop and look up, a drop of sweat would run down from your temple as you scan th…
        - 97 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 6:18pm -

      Productive Muslim

        The Muslim Voice

        • From Dream to Reality: The Bayyinah Dream Experience
          MV: A very enlightening and inspiring experience written by Sr. Imaan Fathima, a current student at Bayyinah Institute, regarding her time as a Bayyinah Dream student: Imaan Fathima: Every Dream comes to an end. Some Dreams you may remember while ot…
          - 24 days ago, 4 May 15, 2:09am -
        • TheMreView: ICNA South Convention 2014
          ICNA South Conference - Bigger = Better?
          - , 14 Dec 14, 8:50am -
        • You Think You’re Funny?
          Growing up, I’ve heard people make all types of “jokes”, often times so hurtful, so demeaning, and so filthy, that I question, to what extent is the joke considered a “joke?”
          - , 7 Nov 14, 6:22am -
        • Qualities of the Khawārij Sect Found Amongst Some Muslims Today – Imam Suhaib Webb
          In an excellent book titled Studies on Religious Cults and Muslim History (Dirasāt al-Furuq wa Tārīkh al-Muslimīn) the writer gathers a number of qualities of the Khawārij, who in the name of piety, do more damage than good.
          - , 9 Sep 14, 6:19am -
        • On Ray Rice and Domestic Violence – Imam Omar Suleiman
          MV: Re blogged from Imam Omar Suleiman’s Facebook Page.  On Ray Rice and Domestic Violence: I feel compelled to comment on this after seeing the disgusting video of Ray Rice clobbering his wife like a boxer. Let me first say that I think the…
          - , 9 Sep 14, 6:02am -