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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

The Secret to a Tranquil Soul

The Secret to a Tranquil Soul

Importance of Self Improvement in Islam Amira Esseghir Islam is a way of life that teaches Muslims to focus on bettering themselves by following the Quran, the holy book of Islam, and the teachings of the final prophet, Muhammad, peace be upon him (pbuh). Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) once said, “Truly I was sent as a

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

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

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

The Big Question

The Big Question

Dr. Laurence Brown At some point in our lives, everybody asks the big questions: “Who made us,” and “Why are we here?” So who did make us? Most of us have been brought up more on science than religion, and to believe in the Big Bang and evolution more than God. But which makes more

The Importance of Parents

The Importance of Parents

By Nageen Khan When asked about the people who taught us the most, who were there for us through hardships, who laughed with us during the good times, who put up with us on our off days, most of us think immediately of our parents. And it is true: our parents are the ones who

Islam in North America: Introduction

Islam in North America: Introduction

  Muslims first arrived in North America centuries before Columbus due to trading expeditions with Native Americans. After Columbus, the slave trade transported African Muslim slaves, who retained their spiritual practice and religious identity, to the Americas. Over the next few centuries, Muslim migrants from all over the world settled in the New World in

Naif Al-Mutawa, Founder Of The 99

Naif Al-Mutawa, Founder Of The 99

NPR Host Jessica Harris speaks with Naif Al-Mutawa, founder of The 99, a comic series that features superheroes based on Islamic archetypes. These comics, while not overtly alluding to Islam, aim to promote values of tolerance and peace outside of and within the Muslim world. [Listen