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MuslimMatters

  • new7 Resolutions to Revitalize Your Marriage
    By Dunia Shuaib   And those who say, “Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us an example for the righteous.” [25:74] It's a minute before midnight. January 1st, 2016… The palpable feeling of excite…
    - 16 hours ago, 14 Feb 16, 5:00am -
  • Where I Stand with Beyoncé’s Formation | Khalil Ismail
    Before I state my piece, let me be clear where I'm coming from. As a lyricist and producer myself, I appreciate raw talent, and there's no doubt that Beyoncé has been gifted with it. I've been in this industry for eight years, and during this time,…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Feb 16, 5:48am -
  • A Case For Protecting the Rights of People With Disability
    “During my daily commute, I suffer enormously with the transportation problem. For me it is the greatest obstacle in my daily life. It is impossible to take the bus, because they are not wheelchair accessible nor are there reserved seats for people…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Feb 16, 12:51am -
  • Science Not Art: Problems with our Islamic History
    Let me introduce you to Hassan. He is an artist with an imagination that runs wild with more creativity in his little finger than most of us have in our whole lives. He spends his spare time in art galleries and exhibitions. He enjoys experimenting w…
    - 5 days ago, 10 Feb 16, 5:48am -
  • Narcissism Has No Place in Activism #MyLifeMattersToo
      “Don't allow yourself to be drawn into someone else's version of 'the cause.' No one can do it all, not even those saying you should do more. So do what you can, and bear in mind that God is Judge, not anyone else. And remember, your most basic…
    - 6 days ago, 9 Feb 16, 3:46am -
  • Moving Beyond the Single Narrative- The POTUS Visit to an American Mosque
    Oped by Khadija Gurnah Khadija Gurnah is the Founder of Project Ejaba and a White House Champion of Change. She is a public health professional and an advocate for youth who has channeled her passions into Project Ejaba – a platform for Muslim youn…
    - 9 days ago, 6 Feb 16, 12:00am -
  • President Obama’s Speech at Mosque Missed American Families Victimized by State Violence
    Ultimately, my frustration lies with the American Muslim community. It is us who refuse to face the reality behind a recurring cycle of violence that is buttressed by deep-seated Islamophobia [1]. We continue to frantically put a band-aid on a proble…
    - 9 days ago, 5 Feb 16, 10:56pm -

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

      • Deen and Mohabbat: There is no faith without love
        This is a guest post by Yusuf Zakir.My religion--Islam--is discussed and portrayed in the media quite a lot these days, much to my chagrin. The American public is, generally, fearful of Muslims. Anti-Islamic sentiment is at an all-time high (I re…
        - , 8 Oct 15, 2:10am -
      • nationwide hate rallies planned at mosques Oct 9-10, Homeland Security conf call
        This weekend, there is a planned, armed protest "in every country, at every mosque" by a group called the "Global Rally for Humanity". So far, the protests are falling short of global, but they do have
        - , 6 Oct 15, 5:40pm -
      • why don’t they condemn?
        Ever since 9-11, and well before it, this is the litany of accusation that ordinary Muslim Americans have had to endure: Muslims do not condemn - there is no million Muslim march against terrorism.Islam is an inherently violent religion.There are…
        - , 2 Oct 15, 5:47pm -
      • a Republican, Muslim Mayor of St Louis?
        Umar Lee is many things - a native son of Saint Louis, a veteran of the Ferguson street protests, a white man who embraces populist politics, and a convert to Islam with a penchant for political activism. His memoir on The Rise and Fall of the Salafi…
        - , 30 Sep 15, 5:09am -
      • Abrahamic Convergence – inspiration, forgiveness, and tragedy
        This week is a truly portentous one for Muslims, Jews, and Catholics. In one week, we have Yom Kippur, the Day of Arafat and Eid ul Adha, and Pope Francis' first visit to the United States. I like the term "Abrahamic Convergence" for this sort of thi…
        - , 24 Sep 15, 7:08pm -
      • Anticipating Ashara: Reflections on Grief and the Remembrance of Imam Husain SA
        This is a guest post by Durriya Badani."Ek Husain na gam si va, koi gam na dikhave." ("May you know no other grief than the grief of Husain.")An exquisitely simple, yet deeply profound prayer for mumineen by Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, the same…
        - , 10 Sep 15, 8:48pm -
      • the 12th Annual Brass Crescent Awards – nominations open
        It's that time of the year again!What are the Brass Crescent Awards? Created in 2004 by Shahed Amanullah and Aziz Poonawalla, they are named for the Story of the City of Brass in the Thousand and One Nights. Today, the Brass Crescent - bloggers, ar…
        - , 21 Aug 15, 9:13pm -

      Suhaib Webb

      SeekersDigest

      • About Seekers Digest
        Every day life obligations can build up with little or no help to get you through any of it. We dive in to the issues that everyone will face, be it home, financial, business, or legal issues. Find out more below and subscribe for more digest info.
        - , 3 Nov 15, 6:34pm -
      • Public Records Can Effect Job Opportunities
        There are laws that  protects those charged with crimes that may effect their public record. These crimes can vary in charges but all have a lasting effect for a clients future in society. The different cases info can be erased in view of  public…
        - , 1 Nov 15, 11:46am -
      • Keeping Track of Personal Finances
        One may wonder what to do if a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing is necessary. Fortunately, use of legal services of tax firms can help him manage his debt problem. Usually, tax firms concentrate on financial laws. Specifically, a tax fir…
        - , 8 Oct 15, 3:38pm -
      • Rights of Parents in Custody Battles
        There are some unfortunate situations that require people to pursue particular help in legal areas. It is important to have a legal team that will be able to handle your varied law questions on behalf of any family member. This is because handlin…
        - , 27 Jul 15, 3:28pm -
      • The Nuts and Bolts in Home Renovation
        The basic differences in contemporary home renovation can be broken down into two categories. Those with a concrete frame and those without. Those with a concrete frame are called cement frame homes. Those without, are called wood frame. These tw…
        - , 3 Jun 15, 3:14pm -

      Loonwatch

      Abdur Rahman's Corner

      • God’s Promise
        Peace, one and all… ‘Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality, while Allah promises you forgiveness from …Continue reading →
        - 5 days ago, 9 Feb 16, 5:31pm -
      • Niyaz: Beni Beni
        Peace, one and all… bab-i ihsanindan mürüvvet eyle mürüvvet eyle karistirma her bir esyaya beni bakma isyanima merhamet eyle ulastir …Continue reading →
        - 7 days ago, 8 Feb 16, 7:59am -
      • Turn Inwards In Truth
        Peace, one and all… ‘And remember your Lord within yourself in humility and in fear without being apparent in speech …Continue reading →
        - 19 days ago, 26 Jan 16, 5:27pm -
      • Shaykh Yahya Rhodus: Secrets of Purification
        Peace, one and all…
        - 23 days ago, 22 Jan 16, 5:42pm -
      • Dertli Divani: Miraclama, Semah & Tevhid
        Peace, one and all… Ask olsun!
        - 23 days ago, 22 Jan 16, 5:38pm -
      • A Beautiful Mevlevi Zikr
        Peace, one and all… A beautiful zikr from Turkey. Ask olsun!
        - 24 days ago, 21 Jan 16, 10:15am -
      • O Mu’mine Brate Moj
        Peace, one and all…  A beautiful nasheed from Bosnia, a long-time favourite of mine. O mu’mine, brate moj, govorim ti, …Continue reading →
        - 33 days ago, 12 Jan 16, 11:59am -

      QuranClub

      • Quick Quran is a fast Quran lookup app with voice support
        The author of the Quick Quran Android app asked me to write an article about his creation, and I agreed in order to help promote his work and let more people benefit from it insha'Allah.Below is a screenshot of the app showing verse 26:10. By default…
        - , 24 Aug 15, 5:10pm -
      • 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 -

      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

      • How Steve Jobs Started – The Life Of Apple’s Founder (Infographic)
        Salam, I was surfing the web today and found a real cool infographic of the life of Steve Jobs. People’s attention spans are short like midgets. It’s great to see designers craft content like this which makes it so easy to digest. Anyways, check…
        - , 13 Jun 15, 5:34pm -
      • Chill Yo Islam Yo – Clothing Line (Launching Soon)
        Salam Everyone, I haven’t posted in a while, but wanted to show you all what’s cooking on the Chill Yo Islam Yo front.  I’ve always wanted to work on a clothing line that appealed to a growing young muslim demographic. For me, daw’ah should…
        - , 10 Jun 15, 2:33am -
      • 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 -

      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 Blank Canvas of Generosity
        By Shaziya Barkat • Muslim Youth MusingsAn encouraging smile as you pass a stranger. An uplifting word to a brother or sister. A brief moment of full attentiveness as a friend discloses their troubles. A period of quality time spent with the fami…
        - 4 days ago, 11 Feb 16, 5:39am -
      • A Letter to My Son
        By Mosab Sabah • Muslim Youth MusingsMy Dear Son,I’ve dreamt of you many times, of what you’ll look like, sound like, act like. In my dreams you are everything I had hoped you’d be – energetic, playful, polite, respectful. You are a sch…
        - 44 days ago, 2 Jan 16, 7:38am -
      • On Being A Woman
        By Sara Bawany • Muslim Youth MusingsHere I am on my soapbox again, bringing out my feminist writer’s pen. Angry and irritated? Yes I am, and don’t tell me not to raise my voice just because I’m not a man.I would much rather make my own mi…
        - 46 days ago, 30 Dec 15, 7:22pm -
      • Weigh In, Day 1
        By Ruqaiyya • Muslim Youth MusingsHow much does the goodness in you weigh?The intentions swimming in your chest,Intentions coated by filth and love;Intentions coated with sincerity and love.Yet a trace of Tawbah is heavy in your throat.Love…
        - 55 days ago, 21 Dec 15, 9:14pm -
      • An Ode To Writer’s Block
        By Raadia Khan • Muslim Youth Musingsthis is a piece about writer’s block.stars are in the sky and there are stars, stars swirling against a pitch-black tarp and drawing whirlpools of inspiration that fade and twinkle out into black holes, bla…
        - , 1 Nov 15, 2:51am -

      Productive Muslim

        The Muslim Voice

        • Confessions of a (Young) Masjid Board Member
          A very personal experience that I started writing within a span of the months while serving as a board member. I finished writing right before the end of my term.
          - 52 days ago, 25 Dec 15, 8:32am -
        • Ibn Khuldun – The Actual Founder of Sociology
          We often forget essential Islamic figures who contribute to society. Let's revive forgotten history.
          - , 5 Nov 15, 1:25am -
        • 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…
          - , 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 -