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Are We Really Inspired by Prophet Muhammad?

Are We Really Inspired by Prophet Muhammad?

By Tarek M. T. Ezzat In June 2010, Muslims in the UK produced an excellent series of short videos titled “Inspired by Muhammad” to improve public understanding of Islam and Muslims. This campaign gave an overview of many aspects of the manners, teachings and dealings of Prophet Muhammad which most non-Muslims are not familiar with,

Islam, the American way

Islam, the American way

By Lee Lawrence FLINT, MICH.; AND ALEXANDRIA, VA. Listening to immigration attorney Muna Jondy talk about growing up in Flint, Mich., it’s easy to imagine her as a teenager, eyes ablaze, hands on hips, confronting her Syrian-born parents with her all-American attitude. A petite woman with a strong, expressive face, she sits cross-legged on her

In Iowa, a lasting symbol of American Islam

In Iowa, a lasting symbol of American Islam

By Ryan Schuessler The building is in a quaint neighborhood of what locals call the 500 zone — the area the city has designated as being at risk for a flood every five centuries or so. Taha Tawil had heard the warnings before, but even the historic floods of 1993 hadn’t touched the mosque. This

What Studying Muhammad Taught Me About Islam

What Studying Muhammad Taught Me About Islam

By Craig Considine Muslims worldwide have recently joined together to celebrate Mawlid al-Nabi, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. This day is an opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims, such as myself – a Catholic – to reflect upon the life and legacy of the prophet of Islam. In this short essay, I want to share

Feasts for the Eyes, and the Palate, in Xian, China

Feasts for the Eyes, and the Palate, in Xian, China

By Perri Klass On the “Muslim Street” in the Chinese city of Xian stands a bronze tableau in honor of street food. There, on a crowded lane packed with stalls selling Islamic-Chinese cuisine — lamb dumplings, mutton soup, pancakes and mung bean noodles — tourists can pose with statues of a soup seller and his

The Need for Revelation

The Need for Revelation

Dr. Laurence Brown In the previous two parts of this series, we answered the two “big questions.” Who made us? God. Why are we here? To serve and worship Him. A third question naturally arose: “If our Creator made us to serve and worship Him, how do we do that?” In the previous article I

Dallas Museum Lands a Rich Trove of Islamic Art

Dallas Museum Lands a Rich Trove of Islamic Art

By Randy Kennedy While Texas may have the fifth largest Muslim population in the United States by some estimates, its public art collections have only recently begun to reflect the 14-century sweep of Islamic history. But on Friday, with the stroke of a pen — sealing a complex agreement hashed out over months — the Dallas

Portraits Of Men And Women Who Have Converted To Islam Challenge Our Perception Of ‘American’

Portraits Of Men And Women Who Have Converted To Islam Challenge Our Perception Of ‘American’

In a gorgeous series titled “The Converts,” photographer Claire Beckett captures portraits of the American men and women who have chosen to convert to Islam. Her stunning photos reveal the faces of these new Muslims in the United States, individuals who were not born into the religion but have found the faith later in life. “The project

Purpose of Life

Purpose of Life

Dr. Laurence Brown The first of the two big questions in life is, “Who made us?” We addressed that question in the previous article and (hopefully) settled upon “God” as the answer. As we are creation, God is the Creator. Now, let us turn to the second “big question,” which is, “Why are we here?”

Reflections on Black History Month

Reflections on Black History Month

By Zaid Shakir Black History Month should be of interest to every Muslim, especially in America. It is estimated that upwards to 20 percent of the Africans enslaved in the Americas were Muslim. In some areas, such as the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia, and parts of Virginia, the percentages of Muslims in the slave