Category: Society

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

Within The Sheltering Peace

Within The Sheltering Peace

By Tasleem K. Griffin Sexual Politics Imagine this scenario, for it is real: two antagonists locked in a grim power struggle. And another: two or more other competitors, rivals in a race for high stakes, a race to determine the course of their entire life. At the race’s end, prizes include compliments, telling glances, and First

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

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

Race and Ethnicity in Islam

Race and Ethnicity in Islam

Malcolm X. From Darkness to Light 877-WHY-ISLAM Brochure. Born in poverty and obscurity on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm Little, the fourth child of Earl and Louise Little, rose to become one of the most dynamic Black Nationalist leaders of his time. He felt the sting of racism and was denied opportunity from

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

Environment and Islam

Environment and Islam

Climate Change: A Call for Personal Changes 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 us towards averting this

Shariah Law: Opportunity or Threat to America? Imam Siraj Wahhaj

Shariah Law: Opportunity or Threat to America? Imam Siraj Wahhaj

Shariah is an integral part of Islam. It is often defined as ‘Islamic law,’ causing one to assume that it consists mostly of criminal rulings and penalties. However, Shariah encompasses much more than the conventional understanding of law. While Shariah provides the legal framework for the foundation and functioning of a society, it also details

Society

Islam is as much about one’s spirituality as the social ties which bind humans together. In that sense, Islam is concerned not only about the individual but the larger society as well. For example, “Enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong” (Quran, 3:110) is a fundamental duty of every Muslim. In addition, Islam

Gender Relations

In the Quran, God declares, “…In God’s eyes, the most honored of you are the ones most mindful of Him: God is all knowing, all aware” (49:13). Islam clearly establishes that men and women are equal in front of God. At the same time, it does recognize that they are not identical. God created men and women