Category: Society

Mosques and Congregational Prayer

Mosques and Congregational Prayer

Prayer in congregation is considered to have more social and spiritual benefit than praying by oneself. The congregation is led by a person called an imam, who is usually chosen as the person with the best knowledge of the Quran, preferably someone who has memorized the entire Quran (a hafiz). The remaining people stand behind

Shura: Islamic Approach to Decision-Making

Shura: Islamic Approach to Decision-Making

By Lamya Hamad   The onset of 2011 witnessed an unexpected wave of protests that swept through the Middle East. Citizens struggled to topple authoritarian and tyrannical governments that had trampled on their rights for decades. The domino effect that ensued after the first protests in Tunis caught the world by surprise. The desire for

Marriage in Islam

Marriage in Islam

“And among His signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in peace and tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): Verily in that are signs for those who reflect” (Quran 30:21). “O Humans revere your Guardian Lord, Who created you

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

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