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  • newGod Is Enough For Us; And How Excellent A Guardian Is He!|Yahya Ibrahim
    The Garden is hypnotic. Enchantingly reverent and dignified. Those who visit the Rawdah and are blessed to pray near the grave of our Prophet Muḥammad in the very masjid that he erected with his own hands, find it difficult to leave. I love the Raw…
    - 21 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 8:45am -
  • The Unseen Shackles of Muslim Social Media Activism
    Back in the late 90′s and early 2000′s, internet da‘wah really started to gain ground. People who were otherwise lacking in scholarly credentials created beautiful facades in the form of flashy (pun intended) websites. We were able to reach bey…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Apr 14, 2:14am -
  • What’s The Matter?|My Brother’s Wife and My Husband Exchange Friendly Glances
    Question: I am happily married to my husband for 11 years. We have three children together. My siblings and I usually get together along with our spouses. We are a practicing family. My brother and his wife are less practicing. When we gather, we try…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 5:32pm -
  • Debt Free Muslims Podcast Episode 8 – Talking Economics, Warlords, and Riba with Dr. Jerry Hionis
    Direct download of mp3 Debt Free Muslim Podcast Episode 8 This episode is brought to you by MuslimMatters.org – Because Muslims matter. Jerry Hionis holds a PhD from Temple University located in Philadelphia, PA. His primary research is in conflict…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 3:58pm -
  • From Kansas to Palestine, Hatred and Pie
    So a 73 year old KKK member has just gone on a shooting spree in Kansas, killing three people. He specifically targeted people of the Jewish faith. For every Muslim who condemns the killings and extends their sympathies to the Jewish community, exp…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 10:42pm -
  • “Dad, I’m Not Going to Medical School” – Real Talk with our Parents
    The Story It had been a few days since Salman thought about telling his parents. He had received a full scholarship from Columbia University to study journalism, a subject he was insanely passionate about and which had already given him a jump start…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 5:42am -
  • Salvific Exclusivity – Shaykh Yasir Qadhi
    Lecture by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi |  Transcript by Hayley B. The following is the video and transcript of Shaykh Yasir Qadhi's lecture “Salafivic Exclusivity.” The transcript includes slight modifications for the sake of readability and clarity.…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 5:52am -

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

      • Video: (muslim) Mehdi Hasan interviews (atheist) Richard Dawkins at the Oxford Union
        This is an excellent debate between the most emphatic atheist of our time, Richard Dawkins, and political journalist Mehdi Hasan. Hasan is brilliantly prepared for the debate and treats Dawkins with utmost respect, but methodically defends belief and…
        - 11 days ago, 8 Apr 14, 3:46pm -
      • Two Bohras come to aid of Frenchwoman attacked in Mumbai
        In the past two months I've traveled to India three times, to attend the funeral and other events after the passing of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (ra). This quite shocking story happened in the Fort area of Mumbai, which is quite close to where I sp…
        - 31 days ago, 18 Mar 14, 10:20pm -
      • Amidst the grief, solace in the succession of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin
        This is a guest post by Durriya BadaniThe forty day period of mourning has now elapsed, but the profound sadness at the loss of the beloved head of the Dawoodi Bohra community, a spiritual mother and father, His Holiness, Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhan…
        - 34 days ago, 16 Mar 14, 1:48pm -
      • NYPD’s illegal spying on Muslims was legal, says legal system
        This is profoundly disappointing but not entirely unexpected:In a decision filed Thursday in federal court in Newark, U.S. District Judge William Martini dismissed a lawsuit brought in 2012 by eight Muslims who alleged that the NYPD's surveillance…
        - 56 days ago, 21 Feb 14, 5:44pm -
      • Valentine’s Day and Islam – the virtues of mohabbat (love)
        Happy Valentine's Day! I am biased towards appreciating Valentine's Day not just for it's Gujarati origins but also because it's my birthday. However,...Read the full post here »
        - 64 days ago, 14 Feb 14, 11:04am -
      • Farewell to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (RA)
        On Friday, January 17th, his holiness Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA passed away in Mumbai. Syedna Burhanuddin RA was a visionary intellect and pious guardian of the Deen of his followers, the Dawoodi Bohra community, to which I proudly belong. In hi…
        - 81 days ago, 28 Jan 14, 4:15pm -
      • Have yourself a very Merry Mawlid al-Nabi
        Mawlid, also known as Milad al-Nabi, is the celebration of the birth of the Prophet Mohammed SAW. In celebrating Mawlid, Muslims express their love for the Prophet SAW, with recitation of salawat, processions, and congregating with family and frien…
        - 96 days ago, 13 Jan 14, 9:15am -

      Suhaib Webb

      • newThe Church on the Hill
        By Fatima Siwaju As a Muslim woman living in Trinidad and Tobago, I’m used to standing out. At school, I was amongst a handful of students who wore the hijab (headcovering) and yet, I never felt insecure about my appearance. I took dance classes,…
        - 18 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 12:00pm -
      • Too Busy for Qur’an? Check These 3 Tips To Get Rolling
        Most of us spend close to 8-10 hours of our entire day genuinely busy, be it at work, school, internships, volunteering, or some other day-consuming activity. That is usually supplemented with time to eat, which can add another 1-2 hours of busy time…
        - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 12:00pm -
      • Lessons from Lyndon: What the Muslim Community Can Learn from the President’s Mistakes
        By Salman Khan Lyndon B. Johnson, our 37th President, sought to establish the Great Society. It was his vision for the future of America, a place filled with equality not only racially, but economically and socially. It entailed the passing of one of…
        - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 12:00pm -
      • An Imam’s Review of the Movie “Noah”
        1-10 Grading Scale (I will discuss these in detail later in this article) General Quality of Movie: 6 Islamic Teachings: 3 Morals/Values: 8 Overall Benefit: 7 Imams MUST Connect with the Masses When I first heard this movie was being released, I aske…
        - 8 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 12:00pm -
      • Leadership Modeled: The Case of Abu Bakr (ra)
        Da`wah Reflection Series: Part I “O you who believe! Betray not the trust of Allah and the messenger nor misappropriate knowingly things entrusted to you.” (Al-Anfal 8: 27) “Each of you is a guardian, and each of you will be asked about his su…
        - 9 days ago, 10 Apr 14, 12:00pm -
      • From an Arranged Marriage to Deep Love
        Glimpses of Martial Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Here is an inspiring narrative of a woman who was married through an arranged marriage, who grew to love her husband with passion and compassion, and who was there for him—as he…
        - 10 days ago, 9 Apr 14, 12:00pm -
      • Think You’ve Failed? Think Again.
        She felt a knot in her stomach. Her husband was about to come home from the fajr (pre-dawn) prayer, and once again, there was no food. She was upset for him, considering how hard he worked and all the responsibilities he had, and upset at how helples…
        - 11 days ago, 8 Apr 14, 12:00pm -

      SeekersDigest

      Loonwatch

      Abdur Rahman's Corner

      QuranClub

      • 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…
        - 28 days ago, 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 -
      • Stack Overflow
        One of the powerful rhetorical techniques in the Quran is what I call the stack overflow. It is to quickly fill the reader's available memory with images and concepts. This causes the reader to surrender their judgment. It opens the mind and removes…
        - , 20 Jun 13, 7:48pm -
      • Islam and Homosexuality, Solutions for Homosexual Muslims
        Anonymous question received on tumblr:what do you think of homosexuality?My answer, with minor edits:Thank you for writing and may Allah bless you. I am not a religious scholar or scientist, yet I have seen so many incorrect and un-Islamic opinions g…
        - , 3 Jun 13, 2:44am -

      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

      • 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…
        - 29 days ago, 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…
        - 71 days ago, 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…
        - 98 days ago, 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 -
      • What are you afraid of ?
        What are you afraid of? Are you worried about something? Are you afraid of anything that hunts you down ? Are you afraid of getting lost from this world? May Allah bless you with piety and purity, strong Emaan(Faith), forgiveness of sins, have mercy…
        - , 19 Jul 13, 9:54am -
      • The Objectives of Fasting
        The Objectives of Fasting (Maqâsid as-Sawm) by Shaykh al-’Izz ibn ‘Abdis-Salâm Translated by Abû Rumaysah The obligation of fasting Allâh, Exalted is He says, : “O you who have faith! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for…
        - , 13 Jun 13, 11:35am -
      • Sins

        - , 12 Jun 13, 7:30am -

      Chill Yo Islam Yo

      • When Guidance Supersedes Passing Judgement
        “Do not look down upon any Muslim, for even the most inferior believer is great in the eyes of God.” – Abu Bakr It’s very easy to pass judgement upon others when we see they’re outwardly committing sins. What’s disturbing however, is the…
        - , 5 Jan 14, 7:16am -
      • Finding Quietude in Solitude
        “Solitude is the ally of sorrow as well as a companion of spiritual exaltation.” – Khalil Gibran  Salam, As humans we all get immersed in relationships, material things or moments which in reality are all rooted in temporality. Undeniably, bot…
        - , 11 Nov 13, 3:13am -
      • Ignorance is Iblis?
        Salam, The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn’t exist – Baudelaire, Charles. Okay don’t take the title of this post literally, I just used that to get your attention. It’s just word play with the quote “i…
        - , 12 Aug 13, 1:47am -
      • Dawah: Getting it Right When We’re Ready to Invite
        Salam Yo, The other day I was talking with one of my managers at work and we ended up discussing religion. He’s very philosophical, so he’ll say things like “there are many different ways to get to the top of the mountain”. I don’t climb mo…
        - , 7 Jul 13, 8:10pm -
      • When Blind Loyalty Leaves Us Blind
        Salam, The other day I was with one of my friends and he got into a heated confrontation at a shop. His face looked liked he was turning into the hulk. If he didn’t walk away, he was surely going to duke it out. As someone observing and hearing the…
        - , 23 Jun 13, 6:33pm -
      • The Real Halal Hustle
        “The last of it is musk. So for this let the competitors compete.” – Qu’ran 83:26 In the streets, they “Hustle + Muscle = Success”. Often times, it’s lines like this entrepreneurs can relate to when starting out any venture. Taking an i…
        - , 1 Jun 13, 5:08pm -
      • Real Leaders Lead By Example
        “O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?” – Qu’ran, 61:2 We hear it often, people say “success breathes success”. Whether it be in the context of a business, organization, or a captain of a team. Without true leaders,…
        - , 15 Apr 13, 12:52am -

      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

      • Bittersweet Solitude
        In the chilling whispers of the night, Thoughts begin to race, take flight. I listen to my shallow breathing And the thump of my heart’s rhythmic beating. When emotions pour out one by one, I try to escape them, I try to run. Anxiety creeps in like…
        - 20 days ago, 30 Mar 14, 1:44am -
      • You Are Ethereal
        This is a message to anyone who has ever struggled, with anything: You’ll be okay. Sit back and remember; Allah loves you, a lot. You were born with a fate written for you, and you know that. You are alive, you are breathing. Your heart is beating…
        - 36 days ago, 13 Mar 14, 11:59pm -
      • The Final Appointment
        Being informed of my upcoming dentist appointment brought numerous, rather unpleasant memories back to me. I remembered drilling and pain. I don’t have a great history with these doctors of terror. My fear of them has kept me away from a dentist’…
        - 62 days ago, 15 Feb 14, 5:45pm -
      • Black Holes and Sunrises
        The dark blue fortified a foreign feeling, An enigmatic emotion that was not ready to testify. ‘Twas like ink submerging in the celestial ceiling. I verify the color that swept the surface of this sky. What may be declared of that which is not unde…
        - 86 days ago, 22 Jan 14, 8:12pm -
      • Diary of a Syrian Refugee
        March 18, 2012 The noise of the fighting on the other side of the border has started up again, more a groaning clatter sputtering incessantly than the distant hum we have become used to. The fighting has drawn closer. The sound has been unbearable. T…
        - 90 days ago, 18 Jan 14, 10:28pm -

      Productive Muslim

        The Muslim Voice