This post was originally published on this siteBy Mikaeel Ahmed Smith Over the last two years, Muslim bloggers and writers have published countless articles that challenge or outright reject the traditionally normative Islamic view on social issues and Muslim life. Often, one reading the article is left wondering if the author realized that many of the premises upon which their opinions are based are in direct opposition to Quranic and/or

This post was originally published on this siteAs of the end of 2015, 65.3 million people were displaced. In 2015, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) declared that year to be the Year of the Migrants. The 21st century world, a world that the Creator-Redeemer God loves, is a different world from 2,000 years ago when the Apostle John wrote, “For God so loved the world that he gave his

This post was originally published on this siteJundub (R.A) reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) stated that a person said: Allah would not forgive such and such (person). Thereupon Allah the Exalted and Glorious, said: Who is he who adjures about Me that I would not grant pardon to so and so; I have granted pardon to so and so and blotted out his deeds (who took an

This post was originally published on this siteLearning from Paul at the Areopagus, the epicenter of evangelism Over the last five years, my family and I have had the privilege of frequently visiting missionary friends in Athens. Every time I have gone, I have made sure to visit the Areopagus, the scene of Paul’s address in Acts 17. Of course, you have to use your imagination when visiting today. It’s

This post was originally published on this siteThe best-selling author and speaker talks about her past and her first-ever work of fiction. New York Times bestselling author Beth Moore has made recent headlines in The Daily Beast and other media outlets for coming out publicly against sexual assault. “My whole ministry life is serving Jesus through serving women. To expect me not to speak up on their behalf is like

This post was originally published on this siteRabbi David Levin-Kruss interviews Rabbi Amy Eilberg about her Jewish journey and her experiences as the first female rabbi ordained in Conservative Judaism. They discuss her ongoing passion for the mitzvah of redifat shalom (pursuit of peace) in interpersonal, communal, and inter-group contexts, including her book, From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, and her work for the Pardes

This post was originally published on this siteThe Torah, which we have just begun again this last week, begins “bereshit.” This opening word is often translated as “in the beginning” but we can perhaps more properly read as in a beginning, (rather than in the beginning which would be written bareshit). The Torah tells us of a moment, a primordial moment, of beginning. And so too we now begin again.

This post was originally published on this siteI was depressed, and then I learned About Surah Ad-Duha and Surah As-sharh Some of our bad decisions eventually lead us to a situation where we feel blind, depressed, anxious and hopeless. During this phase we get tired of searching for the solutions of our problems. At times, it’s not necessarily a BAD Decision, the odd situations may arise from nowhere in our

This post was originally published on this site The following remarks were delivered by Maxwell Institute executive director Spencer Fluhman at Brigham Young University on October 29, 2016 during the Maxwell Institute’s 10th anniversary celebration banquet. Friends, we are honored by your presence here tonight. Thank you for helping us celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University. My purpose is to

This post was originally published on this siteBy Janet Kozak Muslims have the utmost responsibility to right known wrongs with their words and actions. This is commanded to us by Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and ensures that we are constantly striving to better the conditions of the weakened and oppressed. Sa’eed al-Khudree, may Allah be pleased with him, heard the Messenger of Allah,