Category: Social Ties

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

Hunger: Our Responsibility and Ultimate Reality!

Hunger: Our Responsibility and Ultimate Reality!

By Mahbubur Rahman For the first time in human history, the number of people suffering from chronic hunger has reached one billion! Today, one out of every six persons in the world is starving. According to a UN report, about 25,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes. More unfortunately, it is children

Character in Islam: An Introduction

Character in Islam: An Introduction

By Nageen Khan An individual’s character is one of the most important aspects of Islam. While acts of worship hold great significance, Islam is a way of life. Everything in a Muslim’s life, including manners and personality, should be in line with Islam. Thus, proper Islamic values and traits are extremely important, not to mention

Islamic Banks: Sailing Smoothly in Troubled Waters

Islamic Banks: Sailing Smoothly in Troubled Waters

Aftab Ahmad At a time when economic observers are worried about the threat of a new global financial crisis and global credit rating agencies have brought down credit ratings of giant financial institutions such as the Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley etc, it may be amazing to see that Islamic banks,

Family: The Building Blocks of Society

Family: The Building Blocks of Society

By Saulat Pervez Mr. and Mrs. Siddiq migrated to the United States in the late 1980s from Pakistan. Sponsored by Mrs. Siddiq’s brother, they had a clear and simple goal: to avail better educational opportunities for their four children in the New World. Muhammad Uthman came to the United States as a masters student in

From The Pursuit of Power to The Power of Cooperation

From The Pursuit of Power to The Power of Cooperation

By Imam Zaid Shakir Some time back, the theme of Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference in Toronto, Canada, was Saving the Ship of Humanity. In the words of the program’s brochure: When a ship is lost at sea, is in imminent danger of sinking, or if it has been hijacked, the captain sends out an SOS.

Shura: A Social Approach to Consultation

Shura: A Social Approach to Consultation

By Lamya Hamad Shura, or consultation, embraces every facet of life and is easily adaptable to a variety of different situations. In Islam, it is encouraged not only in the political realm but on a social scale as well, involving families and professional entities. The Quran mentions shura when it refers to those “who (conduct)

A Muslim View on Respecting Life

A Muslim View on Respecting Life

By Suzy Ismail Life’s fragility should remind us of the greatness of God, and the goodness of God’s creation should inspire us to respect life. Adapted from remarks made in the Princeton University Chapel for Respect Life Sunday. In a world preoccupied with material wealth and convenience, the gift of life is often minimized and

Women’s Rights and Driving under Shariah (video)

Women’s Rights and Driving under Shariah (video)

Elderly Care

Elderly Care

The Status of the Elderly in Islam On a visit to a post office in San Diego, California, I noticed an elderly lady struggling to get out of her car. Alone and probably in her mid seventies she held the door with a trembling hand as she stepped out of the driver’s seat. “May I