Category: Society

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

Malcolm X: Race and Ethnicity in Islam

Malcolm X: Race and Ethnicity in Islam

Malcolm X. From Darkness to Light 877-WHY-ISLAM Brochure. Malcolm X’s struggles through life propelled him on a quest for a better world.  From a troubled childhood to an incarcerated youth, from upholding black pride to advocating black supremacy, from blind trust to disenchantment, he experienced many significant life events which evolved his worldviews. His pursuit

Towards Purification

Towards Purification

For Abdullah Alvarez, Ramadan is a time of intense focus on Islam. He tries to spend as much time at the mosque as possible, reciting Quran and attending any study circle. One of the things which helped him last Ramadan was to create a schedule around the 99 names of God. He chose three names

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

Islamic Finance

Islamic Finance

By Saulat Pervez Muslims often try to explain that Islam is more than a religion. They contend that Islam is actually a ‘way of life,’ with the Quran and the life traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) providing a blueprint for daily life. From marriage and family life to lawful food and drink, from modesty

Toward an Ethical Economic System: Alleviating Suffering Caused by Greed

By Samya Ali The Prophet (p) was asked which was the best form of income. He replied: “That for which a man works with his hands. And honest trading.” The Prophet himself was a trader and was well-known for his integrity. In fact, he was popularly known as “al-amin,” which means “the trustworthy.” At a

Rebuilding Broken Family Bonds

By Suzy Ismail It’s impossible to fix what is broken if we won’t acknowledge the damage Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, reminds us that “The best of you is he who is best to his family, and I am the best among you to my family.” How many of us can say that we

Spiritual Awakening

Spiritual Awakening

By Mahbubur Rahman Leading lives fully conscious of God 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

Racism After Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here?

By Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Following the fatal shooting in Ferguson on August 2014 of an unarmed African American teenager, Michael Brown, by white police officer Darren Wilson, protests were sparked in Ferguson. The protests spread nationwide in November when a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Wilson and then the soon-to-follow decision not to

Environment and Islam

Environment and Islam

Climate Change: A Call for Personal Changes By Imam Shabir Ally The reality of climate change calls for a re-evaluation of our actions and a redirection of our energies towards the reduction or possible reversal of the looming environmental crisis. Religious leaders are challenged to look into their traditions for any inspiration that could guide