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Astrolabes and Early Islam: Mariam “Al-Astrolabiya” Al-Ijliya

By Nageen Khan What is an Astrolabe? An astrolabe is a historical instrument used to predict the position of the sun, moon, planet, and stars. It was perfected during the Islamic Golden Age and the European Middle Ages and Renaissance. Many prominent historical figures (including writer Geoffery Chaucer and possibly ancient astronomer Claudius Ptolemy) have

Muslims in New York City Unite on Push to Add Holidays to School Calendar

Muslims in New York City Unite on Push to Add Holidays to School Calendar

By Sharon Otterman The meeting opened with a pledge from the podium to try to end, God willing, by the hour of the evening prayer. Clusters of colorfully veiled women kept watch over jittery young children. Rows of men conversed in a jangle of languages. They were Muslims from Bosnia and Montenegro, Egypt and Syria,

New York Drops Unit That Spied on Muslims

New York Drops Unit That Spied on Muslims

By Matt Apuzzo and Joseph Goldstein The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped, the department said. The decision by the nation’s largest police force to shutter the controversial surveillance program represents the

Know These Great Women of Islamic History

By Dr. Abu Nawaar In the Quran, God SWT declares: “For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in charity, for men and women who fast, for

Interfaith Action On Hunger: A Shared Obligation

Interfaith Action On Hunger: A Shared Obligation

J. Andreas Hipple With more than 1 billion undernourished people – many of them children – across the globe, hunger is a problem that affects all religions and nationalities. The roots of hunger are as diverse as the communities that it affects; conflict, natural disaster, water shortages, disease, climate change, and, of course, poverty are

The Complete Islamic Personality

The Complete Islamic Personality

Jamaal Diwan Islam is a holistic system that impacts all areas of a person’s life. To this effect, Imam Hasan Al-Banna, a famous Muslim scholar, says, “A Muslim should strive to attain a strong body, good character, cultured thought. He should be able to earn a living, have pure belief, and correct worship. He should

Muhammad: A Prophet Like Unto Moses

Muhammad: A Prophet Like Unto Moses

By Dr. Jamal Badawi In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses relays what God told him, “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee (Moses), and will put My words in his mouth; and will speak unto them all that I shall command him.” First, note the phrase ‘from among

Boston Marathon’s Muslim Runners To Play A Critical Role In Shattering Stereotypes

Boston Marathon’s Muslim Runners To Play A Critical Role In Shattering Stereotypes

By Omar Sacirbey (RNS) Ask Jalon Fowler, a 38-year-old IT specialist for John Hancock Financial Services, what advice she would give to two Muslim friends who will each be running their first Boston Marathon, and this Muslim convert is happy to opine. “Go easy; stay relaxed,” Fowler said. “Make sure you get to 17 in

Barefoot man given fellow rider’s shoes

Barefoot man given fellow rider’s shoes

By David P. Ball VANCOUVER — A bus driver has had his faith in people restored after witnessing a rider wearing plastic bags instead of shoes given a surprising gift this holiday weekend — a stranger’s own shoes and socks. The “soul-touching” interaction Saturday on the No. 341 route, according to Surjit Singh Virk, a

Story of Moses in the Quran

Story of Moses in the Quran

Saulat Pervez     Among the prophets mutually revered by Islam and Judaism is the prominent figure of Moses or Musa, peace be upon him (pbuh). A descendant of Joseph, also known as Yusuf, (pbuh), Moses played a definitive role in restoring freedom to the Israelites. While he encountered many victories, he also experienced hardships