Category: Social Ties

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

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

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

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

By Sabeen Khan The Virgin Mary. Mary, the Pure. Mariam, upon whom be peace. This blessed woman’s life is evident through many stories and teachings. She has a prominent, significant, and revered role in the Quran and Islam. The story of the Blessed Mary is a truly beautiful one. She descended from the family of

Hajj and the Neglected Legacy of a Great Woman

Hajj and the Neglected Legacy of a Great Woman

Dr. Mohammad Omar Farooq Islam teaches us to submit completely and whole-heartedly. “O you who believe! Enter into Islam completely, whole-heartedly…” (Quran 2:208) It also calls for a submission that is spontaneous and conscientious, without any hesitation or resistance against the will and guidance of God. “But no, by your Lord, they can have no

From Protection to Contribution: Post 9/11

From Protection to Contribution: Post 9/11

The tragedy of 9/11 transformed the Muslim American community in many ways. Muslims learned to communicate with the media, to defend Islam in the face of sweeping generalizations, and to develop alliances across religious lines. At the same time, Muslims underwent internal change as well: for too long, they had focused on themselves and their

Social Ties

Social Ties

“It (Islam) replaced monkishness by manliness. It gives hope to the slave, brotherhood to mankind, and recognition of the fundamental facts of human nature.” [Canon Taylor, Paper read before the Church Congress at Walverhamton, Oct. 7, 1887, Quoted by Arnond in The Preaching of Islam, pp. 71-72.] Islam, the world’s fastest growing religion, encompasses all

Hijab: The Head Cover – Unveiled

Hijab: The Head Cover – Unveiled

By Saulat Pervez Order this brochure   American Muslim women today are rediscovering the pristine Islam as revealed by Allah, (God), to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh1), more than 1400 years ago, but without any of the contradictions of ancestral culture. Consequently they are essentially engaging in a life-long exercise of rediscovering their own selves ,

Thanksgiving in Islam (video)

Thanksgiving in Islam (video)