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  • newDreams of My Grandfather: Celebrating the Life of Professor Ghulam Azam
    Written by Abu Aisha   On Saturday 1st Muharram 1436 (Oct 25th 2014), hundreds of thousands of well-wishers converged on the streets of Dhaka to bid farewell to one of the most recognizable faces of Islam in Bangladesh, Professor Ghulam Azam. In thi…
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:33am -
  • newNeo-Atheism Attacks: Thoughts on Cenk Uygur / Sam Harris Discussion on Religious Violence in Islam
    Background The latest round of neo-atheist criticisms leveled at our faith that have gone viral in past weeks have come from comedian Bill Maher and neuroscientist Sam Harris while the most prominent responses have come from Reza Aslan, Ben Affleck,…
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:11am -
  • This Islamic New Year Pay Off Your House
    By imam Tahir Anwar This message is for people who are homeowners and make good money. I've never understood why people don't pay off their homes. I've never understood why people only make the minimum monthly payments, so they are enslaved to the fi…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 4:30am -
  • Was Aaisya (AS) Tolerating Domestic Abuse?| Living Islam for Today’s Women
    This video is addressed to women in a domestic abuse situation, especially those who are advised to stay in situation misusing the concept of tawakkul and du'a. Men, who are also facing abusive situations, may also benefit. Domestic Violence: Was Aas…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 4:00am -
  • The Invitation – Part 2
    By Umm Zakiyyah a short story PART ONE | PART TWO After the summer internship, Paula and I went our separate ways. We kept in touch, but we had our own lives to focus on. I went to college close to home to be near John, and Paula went to college in a…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 4:00am -
  • 21 Lessons in Leadership From the Prophet Muhammad | Part 1
    “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” This is a quote made famous by America's top leadership guru, Dr. John C. Maxwell, in his bestselling book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. The first time I read this quote was in 2002, when I wa…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 4:00am -
  • A Sunni, a Shia, and a Pizza
    Though we recognized that we were a practicing Sunni family and they were dedicated followers of Bhori-Shiism, we did not use our differences to set us apart as much as we used our similarities to come together. The post A Sunni, a Shia, and a Pizza…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 4:30am -

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

      • Muslims en masse for Modi at Madison Square
        Newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to a huge crowd of Indian expats in New York City on Monday night, outlining his vision of India's future and making an explicit appeal to the NRI community to support their home country - particularly…
        - 30 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 8:29pm -
      • Hussein Abdullah gets a penalty for doing sajda in the endzone on Monday Night Football
        https://twitter.com/NFL_Memes/status/516788936996573184As a (very) recent convert to the joy of American Football, I am fascinated by the penalty issued to Kansas City Chiefs' safety Hussein Abdullah for performing a sajda (prayer prostration) of t…
        - 31 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 3:04pm -
      • the NFL, concussions, and domestic abuse #WhyIStayed #WhyILeft
        A lot of my friends who aren't into football have remarked upon my newfound interest in football as being somewhat out-of-character (true, at first glance, but i'll address that later) and also critiqued the sport for all its attendant social problem…
        - 49 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 9:47pm -
      • 13 years after 9-11
        I honestly don't have much left to say that I have not said already. But it is worth at least remarking on this, the anniversary of the attacks, that the global challenges facing the world today have almost nothing to...Read the full post here »
        - 50 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 12:44pm -
      • Saudis propose to relocate the Prophet’s (saw) tomb from Masjid al-Nabawi
        The above photo of the Mecca clock tower, or as I like to call it, "Big Bin", was during my hajj a few years ago. It is part of my general observations of the "Meccahattan"-ization of the holiest place in Islam, the way that the...Read the full pos…
        - 59 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 2:13pm -
      • Post-Ramadan reflections
        Welcome back, readers :) My apologies for being so AWOL from blogging. This past Ramadan I had genuinely been able to ramp up my ibadat and one of the ways I achieved that was by letting go of digital distractions. A month later, the spiritual boost…
        - 65 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 1:48pm -
      • Tweeting the Qur’an #ttQuran
        My friend Hussein Rashid launched the idea of Tweeting the Qur’an a few years ago and the idea has steadily caught on, and even attracted press attention.To participate, just tweet an excerpt from the Qur’an that moved you and include the hasht…
        - , 10 Jul 14, 5:04pm -

      Suhaib Webb

      • new`Ashura

        - 5 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 12:00pm -
      • Prop 47 and Ending Mass Encarceration
        A sermon by Sheikh Suhail Mulla on ending mass encarceration and Prop 47 from an Islamic perspective.
        - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 12:00pm -
      • American Customs: What is Permissible?
        Originally posted in October 2009. 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 hadi…
        - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 12:00pm -
      • ‘Allah commands you to render trusts to their owners’ —Its Relevance to Plagiarism
        This article is re-posted here with permission from Islam Today.  By Sheikh Khâlid b. Sa`ûd al-Rashûd, presiding judge at the Saudi Grievance Board Allah says: “Allah commands you to render trusts to their owners, and when you judge between pe…
        - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 12:00pm -
      • 10 Guidelines for Gender Relations in Islam
        By Muslema Purmul and Maryam Amirebrahimi Reconstructing Beauty Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII A Clarification on Beautifying Gender Relations Within the Community Co-ed Love for the Sake of Alla…
        - 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:00pm -
      • A Second Look at Islamic Schools
        Disclaimer: The purpose of this article is to shed light on some overlooked positives of Islamic schools, not to claim that Islamic schools are a right fit for each child. Due diligence must be used by parents in determining whether their local Islam…
        - 14 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 12:00pm -
      • Is Saying Jumu’ah Mubarak an Innovation?
        The Question Recently, I saw a lecture on YouTube with a man claiming that saying, “jumu`ah mubārak (a blessed Friday)” on Fridays is an innovation? Is that true? The Answer Scholars of fatwā (legal opinions) divided acts into worship and…
        - 17 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 12:00pm -

      SeekersDigest

      Loonwatch

      Abdur Rahman's Corner

      QuranClub

      • 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…
        - 44 days ago, 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…
        - 63 days ago, 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 -
      • The Makkah Towers: Are They Against Islam, and What Should Be Our Stance Regarding Them?
        Comment received on tumblr:That tower was built against Ka'ba, if you make researches, you can seeMy answer:Here is the thing, regardless of the intentions of the people behind this building, it is still one of the tallest buildings in the world with…
        - , 22 Jun 13, 8:31pm -

      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

      • 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…
        - 33 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 11:36am -
      • 5 Blogging Tips tо Write Sensational Blog Posts Тhаt Attract Readers

        - 44 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 3:25pm -
      • 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…
        - 58 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 11:56pm -
      • 5 Reasons Why Should You Be Drinking Green Tea
        Anybody fоr а cup оf #tea? Іt соuld dо wonders fоr уоur #health! Rеsеаrсh hаs shоwn thаt thе ancient elixir соuld dо mоrе thаn warm оur bodies. Тhе antioxidant polyphenols іn tea, called catechins, hаvе bееn linked wі…
        - 63 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 2:17pm -
      • 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…
        - 65 days ago, 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…
        - 71 days ago, 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

      • On That Day
        I didn’t know how much more I could take. I wanted to scream. I checked the clock for the umpteenth time; it was 02:00, my heart was racing and I still wasn’t asleep. The palpitations were now being felt in my throat as the level of unease only i…
        - 14 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 2:10am -
      • At the Heart of it All
        His brightly polished royally brown oxfords tapped along the cool morning pavement as he rushed to who knows where on a brisk morning. Surrounded by celestial sky scrapers and monumental edifices, he was reminded that he was where he belonged. In fro…
        - 63 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 6:03am -
      • A Soul’s Return
        She walked with her legs heavy and her soul down. The air was cold and sharp and stung the inside of her nose as she took a deep breath. The sun was hanging low in the sky. In the gloomy path of her shadows, she found her footsteps moving forward. Sh…
        - 70 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 5:46am -
      • The Purpose of Optimism
        Optimism is a virtue of the righteous believer. Being optimistic is to be hopeful and confident about what the future holds. We have been given so much in the past and present that it’s strange how we can still be pessimistic about our future prov…
        - 87 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 9:58pm -
      • Feature: Quilt of Kindness
        This piece was published as part of an MYM partnership with Washington, D.C.’s Muslim Inter-scholastic Tournament (MIST). The highlight of the year for many high school youth, MIST is a nationwide competition that pits teams from high school Muslim…
        - 92 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:52pm -

      Productive Muslim

        The Muslim Voice