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

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

Central Jersey Muslim groups condemn Islamic extremism

Central Jersey Muslim groups condemn Islamic extremism

By Bob Makin The Franklin chapter of WHY-ISLAM hosted a symposium on “Renouncing Religious Extremism” on Nov. 1 to promote the accurate teachings of Islam. WHY-ISLAM?, a project of Islamic Circle of North America, addresses a growing need for accurate information on Islam and Muslims, organizers said in a news release. Recent world events continue to paint a

Bangladesh’s walking librarian

Bangladesh’s walking librarian

Polkan Sarkar travels eight miles every day, getting books to those who cannot read in his community. [See video

The Concept of Thankfulness in Islam

The Concept of Thankfulness in Islam

By Azra Pervez According to Islam, one of our foremost duties is to be grateful to God for all of His blessings. We can describe three levels of thankfulness: To realize and appreciate all blessings by and within the heart. To say thanks with the tongue. To express gratitude by doing righteous deeds. In other words,

Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

By Saadia Z. Yunus “When it rains, it really does pour,” she said aloud. “Why do horrible things happen to me?” It was just too easy to think this way, to look around and see that so many people had it better than her. She had lost her job and was finding it difficult to

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

Islam and the Thanksgiving Turkey

Islam and the Thanksgiving Turkey

By Eliza Berman Bassam Tariq didn’t grow up eating turkey; his parents didn’t like it. On Thanksgiving, they’d roast chicken and call it a day. But now Tariq has a hundred customers relying on his East Village Halal butcher shop, Honest Chops, to purvey the staple in their holiday meals, and they’re not just expecting any

What We Should Be Teaching Our Children

What We Should Be Teaching Our Children

Zaid Shakir When we talk about Islamic education and our children, the discussion usually revolves around strictly academic issues related to technical aspects of curriculum development, testing standards and methodologies, balancing between secular and religious education, and similar concerns. Sometimes we miss the greater objective of an Islamic education. That objective, in terms of what

Quran Is Not for Muslims

Quran Is Not for Muslims

By Mike Ghouse The very first verse in Quran reads, “1:2 (Asad) All praise is due to God alone, the Sustainer of all the worlds (that exist),” and the very last chapter opens with this line, “114:1 (Ali) Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind,” and there is a whole lot

Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Unite At Saudi Conference To Condemn Islamic State

Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Unite At Saudi Conference To Condemn Islamic State

VIENNA, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Senior Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders condemned violence by jihadi militants such as Islamic State (IS) at a Saudi-backed conference on Wednesday in a rare display of inter-faith unity aimed at promoting tolerance and diversity. Islamic State has caused international alarm by capturing large expanses of Iraq and Syria, declaring