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  • Rebuilding Community Trust: Consulting Tools to Drive Mosque Growth and Efficiency
    By Wadud Hassan  A Study on the Islamic Center of Nashville An edited version originally published in the Islamic Horizon Jan/Feb 2015 issue Yusuf Islam also known as the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Cat Stevens, who came to perform in…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 3:02am -
  • Muslims Predict Jesus Will Defeat ISIS, Beginning in 2015
    This was originally posted on the Huffington Post  By Dr. David Liepert Canadian Muslim Leader, Spokesperson, Author and Educator All right, it might not start until 2016, these things can be awfully hard to predict exactly. However, surprising as…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 2:50am -
  • Diversity in Community Representation at the White House Meet with Obama
    Crossposted from the Muslim Link By Hena Zuberi For the first time in his two terms in the Oval Office, on February 6, 2015, President Obama met with leaders of the Muslim community for an hour-long 'frank and open exchange with the President'. “We…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 5:30am -
  • Defending Free Speech or the Prophet ﷺ ? – Imam Kamil Mufti
    n January seventh a savage shooting in Paris at the office of Charlie Hebdo, a French weekly satirical newspaper, claimed the lives of several people. Reportedly, the first person the attackers killed was a Muslim police officer, Ahmed Merabet. The e…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 5:00am -
  • Lessons from Our Past: CVE, Black American Muslims, and Social Justice
    By Margari Hill On February 5th, Muslim twitter responded to the Right Wing backlash over Obama meeting with Muslims leaders with hilarious tweets #MuslimMeeting. Although many of the tweets were light hearted, others were critical of the meeting lar…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 6:52pm -
  • The Purest Things I’ve Ever Seen
    It's easy to feel down these days with everything going on around the world. There's an awful lot of negativity out there making the headlines. But in the words of the timeless Dr. Seuss, “keep your eyelids up and see what you can see.” You're su…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 2:47pm -
  • What is “Islamic”? A Muslim Response to ISIS and The Atlantic
    raeme Wood's “What ISIS Really Wants,” published in the March 2015 edition of The Atlantic, has quickly become the most widely read article on the militant group. Indeed, it is becoming the most read article ever published by The Atlantic. Popula…
    - 6 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 10:00am -

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

      • 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…
        - 12 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 4:34am -
      • The Price of Extremism
        This is a guest post by Durriya Badani. The execution style murder of three young North Carolina students, two of whom were hijab wearing Muslim women, raises questions regarding the rise of Islamaphobia in the United States in the form of hate cri…
        - 17 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 4:26pm -
      • Can atheism drive someone to murder? #muslimlivesmatter #chapelhillshooting
        Like everyone else, I am in shock at the horrible tragedy in North Carolina last night, where three young Muslim Americans were brutally executed. The police are investigating and the murderer is in custody and cooperating. The family of the victims…
        - 18 days ago, 11 Feb 15, 9:21pm -
      • Halal Italian and Mexican catering in Chicago
        This is a guest post by Whitney Gaspar. I am not Muslim. I am not any religion, really. I was baptized as a Catholic to please my grandma and raised as an atheist by my mother. I am spiritual and I believe in God. But that is not why I eat ha…
        - 20 days ago, 9 Feb 15, 4:09pm -
      • the State of the Ummah, 2014/1436
        I tuned into President Obama's 2014 SOTU for a while last week - mainly because my daughter was tasked to watch 15min minimum for school, a limit to which she adhered to precisely - and was struck by how futile the speech seemed. It isn't Obama's fau…
        - 34 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 5:06pm -
      • je ne suis pas Charlie #IamNotCharlie
        I fully support the right, and I also deeply appreciate the sentiment, of the cartoonist Luz, who is one of the survivors of the despicable attack on the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that was attacked by Al Qaeda last week. Here is
        - 46 days ago, 14 Jan 15, 1:56pm -
      • Merry Milad and Happy New Year
        This year, Milad al Nabi is closer to the New Year than Christmas! By the Fatimid calendar, Milad (or Mawlid) is today, 3rd January 2015 - which fittingly also coincides with the perihelion of the Earth. However you reckon the date, this is the ti…
        - 57 days ago, 4 Jan 15, 5:25am -

      Suhaib Webb

      • From the 40 Somethings
        By S.H. Our guest author responds to the letter “From the Youth” that was published a few weeks ago: http://www.virtualmosque.com/ummah/youth/from-the-youth/ Dear H.M., You spoke from your heart, and it reached ours. Your voice is needed, despera…
        - 2 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 1:00pm -
      • Who is really in control? Al-Maalik
        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 …
        - 3 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 1:00pm -
      • The First Level of Disappointment – The Religious Leader
        Originally published at Safa Center When Religious Leaders Fail: Part 1 | Part 2 (This article was reviewed by a licensed therapist.)                     The first level of disappointment is regarding the religious leader him/h…
        - 4 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 1:00pm -
      • Choosing Opinions that Suit Your Desires
        Originally published May 28, 2010 The world we live in today has brought many tests to the Muslims. Undoubtedly, it has also brought many blessings to us. One new reality—the fact that the knowledge of our religion has become readily available thro…
        - 5 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 1:00pm -
      • Rose of Jericho
        By Hiba Khan Have you ever felt so exhausted, so crushed and so in despair that you simply could not fathom your world being good again? One thing after another crashes against your weary, bruised existence and the color begins to drain from your lif…
        - 6 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 1:00pm -
      • Remembering the Seemingly Average Joes
        Originally posted May 30, 2013 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 other…
        - 9 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 1:00pm -
      • When Religious Leaders Fail
        Originally Published at Safa Center When Religious Leaders Fail: Part 1 | Part 2 Sexual Harassment.  Marrying a second wife secretly for a temporary amount of time.  Pedophilia. Pornography. Adultery and its kin: developing ‘back-up’ plan re…
        - 10 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 1:00pm -

      SeekersDigest

      Loonwatch

      Abdur Rahman's Corner

      • Sometimes…
        Peace, one and all… Sometimes you will find more benefit in states of need than you will find in fasting …Continue reading →
        - 6 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 6:50pm -
      • Tomorrow
        Peace, one and all… You said you’ll do the work fully tomorrow; Who gives you the assurance of tomorrow? Maybudi, …Continue reading →
        - 8 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 4:35am -
      • Severim Ben Seni Candan İçerü
        Peace, one and all… Version 1: Latif Bolat Version 2: Tumata Severim ben seni candan içerü Yolum vardır bu erkandan …Continue reading →
        - 9 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 11:47am -
      • Yunus Disappeared Into This Unity
        Peace, one and all… O Beloved, what is this illness That has no remedy? What sort of wound is this …Continue reading →
        - 9 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 11:42am -
      • Three Bektashi Nefeses
        Peace, one and all… I wanted to share some beautiful spiritual music (nefes) from the Bektashi tradition. Enjoy and may …Continue reading →
        - 30 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 10:16am -
      • Come To The House Of The Pir
        Peace, one and all… A tent is erected where lovers are slowly cooked – This stopping place for love addicts …Continue reading →
        - 30 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 10:00am -
      • Stephen Hirtenstein: ‘Journeying as Unveiling’
        Peace, one and all… A beautiful exploration of spiritual journeying by Stephen Hirtenstein.  May it be of benefit. Part One …Continue reading →
        - 30 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 9:52am -

      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…
        - 38 days ago, 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…
        - 60 days ago, 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…
        - 66 days ago, 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

      • 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…
        - 6 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…
        - 10 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 6:18pm -
      • Winds of Destiny
        By Sanam Zaidi • Muslim Youth MusingsEvery morning I wake up with a beating heart as a reminder, but do I take heed?How do my scrolls stack up against my deeds?Constantly sucked into a vortex that is an illusion,Forgetting that this world is e…
        - 11 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 11:11pm -
      • Celestial Body
        By Zaheen Uddin • Muslim Youth MusingsHer face shines brilliantly brightEspecially when she preludes the nightWhen the breaths of dawn will soonShow their luminescence to loomAt the end of dawn is the beginning of dayThat’s when she shows…
        - 21 days ago, 9 Feb 15, 2:44am -
      • #WhoIsMuhammad
        By MYM Staff • Muslim Youth MusingsSpurred by the tragic terror attacks in Paris, Muslims took to social media in January to positively reclaim the image of the Prophet Muhammad. Using the hashtag #WhoIsMuhammad, people from around the world reca…
        - 30 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 6:00pm -

      Productive Muslim

        The Muslim Voice