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Fatima al-Fihri: Founder of World’s Very First University

Fatima al-Fihri: Founder of World’s Very First University

Sumara Khan The name Fatima Al-Fihri crowns the annals of history with the distinction of having established the world’s very first university. Yes, it was a Muslim woman who pioneered a model of higher learning coupled with the issuance of degrees of various levels. Fatima Al-Fihri migrated with her family in the early ninth century

I’ll Remember, Insha’Allah

I’ll Remember, Insha’Allah

Daliah Merzaban The other day I scheduled a long-overdue appointment for a dental cleaning. I had called a few days in advance and arranged for an early-morning slot so that I could arrive in the office before the workload got too heavy. Leaving my apartment about 35 minutes before the appointment, I imagined I left

End the Gaza blockade to achieve peace

End the Gaza blockade to achieve peace

By Keith Ellison It seems as though each day brings new horrors and heartbreaks in the Holy Land. More than 1,000 dead. Gazan children blown up on the beach.A U.N. shelter hit. Two-thirds of Israelis living in fear from indiscriminate rocket fire launched by Hamas. But as the calls for a cease-fire gain momentum, it is important to understand that many

Newark Halal fest to return Saturday at NewPark Mall

Newark Halal fest to return Saturday at NewPark Mall

By Chris De Benedetti NEWARK — As nearly 10,000 people last year crowded into the state’s first-ever Halal Food & Eid Festival, its unexpected popularity caused long lines and food shortages, leading organizers to rethink this year’s reprise. Co-organizer Irfan Rydhan says now they’re ready for a throng of revelers outside NewPark Mall, where the

African Muslim Slaves in the Americas: An Understudied Presence

African Muslim Slaves in the Americas: An Understudied Presence

For three hundred and fifty years, Muslim men, women, and children, victims of the general insecurity that the Atlantic slave trade and the politico-religious conflicts in West Africa fostered, were sold in the New World. They were among the very first Africans to be shipped, and among the very last. When they reached the other

Spiritual Awakening

Spiritual Awakening

Mahbubur Rahman We, human beings, of past, present and future, are in absolute need of Divine grace and the opportunity to earn His pleasure. Our human power — no matter how great — can’t give us immortality and eternal bliss. With or without our consent, we are heading to the clutches of death. But as

Ramadan Reflection Day #24: Giving Voice to the Voiceless — Why We Need More Ayman Mohyeldins in the World

Ramadan Reflection Day #24: Giving Voice to the Voiceless — Why We Need More Ayman Mohyeldins in the World

By Imam Khalid Latif I recently started following Ayman Mohyeldin on twitter, @AymanM. For those of you who don’t know him, he’s a Foreign Correspondent for NBC News and is reporting live from Gaza daily. Please keep the people their in your continued thoughts and prayers. I don’t know Ayman Mohyeldin personally, but I think many

Harford mosque opens doors to community for Ramadan iftar

Harford mosque opens doors to community for Ramadan iftar

By David Anderson Harford County residents and leaders had an opportunity Saturday to meet members of the local Muslim community and learn more about Muslim culture and traditions during the holy month of Ramadan, a critical event as the military continues its fight against Islamic fundamentalist groups around the world and tensions remain between Muslims and non-Muslims

An Islamic Perspective on Sexual Deviation

An Islamic Perspective on Sexual Deviation

By Abdul Ghafoor One of the most fundamental aspects of human nature is the need to satisfy the sexual urge. It is an undeniable part of the human condition and has both constructive as well as destructive potential. Over the course of history, different philosophies and religions have strived to ensure that the sexual urge

The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History

The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History

By Nayef Al-Rodhan OXFORD: Recent years have seen much talk of the dangers of Islam in the West and its perceived incompatibility with Western societies. According to statistics, estimated on the basis of country of origin and of first- and second-generation migrants, Muslims represent the largest “non-indigenous” immigrant group in Europe. The largest groups are in