This post was originally published on this siteDecember 25, 2016 Dear Mrs. Obama, I was the campus minister for Kayla Mueller when she was a student at Northern Arizona University, and maintained close contact with Kayla until she was taken hostage by ISIS in August of 2013.   Kayla was a mentor to my daughter as she became involved in human rights advocacy.  I have worked closely with Kayla’s family since

This post was originally published on this siteWritten by Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali and originally published on http://www.lamppostproductions.com/. Republished with author’s permission. If you find yourself wounded at sea, there is a high probability sharks will attack you. That’s how I would describe many of the antagonists who assailed Shaykh Hamza Yusuf after his recent gaffe at RIS 2016. Besides a few sincere and objective critics, I saw many

This post was originally published on this siteBy Isa Parada On January 31st 2016, the IslamInSpanish (Centro Islamico) was open to the public with over 500 community members eagerly waiting to see this unique center. It was an amazing sight watching people from all backgrounds and races coming in and out of the center for over five hours. Interestingly enough, in another room, over 20 Latino Muslim leaders from different

This post was originally published on this siteTo be Muslim in America is to be a direct beneficiary of the gorgeous triumph of Black Muslims since the inception of the young nation. On December 26, 2016, the Muslim Wellness Foundation, led by its founder UPenn Chaplain Kameelah Rashad, headed up a symbolic initiative to get Black Muslims to share their photos, stories, and sentiments with #BlackMuslimFamily. It’s success is still

This post was originally published on this siteOn Tuesday November 8th, 2016,  many of us were frozen with anxiety as we awaited the results of an unprecedented presidential race with the two frontrunners, Hillary Clinton running as the Democratic Nominee and Donald Trump as the Republican Nominee.  Today we watched again. Due to the Electoral College system, Trump won the elections. He is the fifth elected president to win while

This post was originally published on this siteby Safiya Ravat So many of us are understandably upset about the rhetoric of Trump – trying to build a wall, trying to divide us. But a thought that occurred to me recently was, haven’t I been putting up walls all along? One of the biggest regrets I have now in my mid-20s, is not making enough, nor keeping in touch with many

This post was originally published on this siteBy Rahma Shata When Amr Ibn AlAs asked Umar for an army of no less than 4,000 men, Umar sent FOUR men. With their Eman, each was worth 1,000 men and their goal was accomplished. When Mohamed Ibn Qasim went with an army to open Turkey, he prayed fajr with them one day and gave them a speech. Afterwards, he

This post was originally published on this siteThey say that reading biographies is perhaps the best way to learn real life lessons. That is because a biography is a record of practice. Of what worked and what didn’t. The life of Muhammadﷺ  is perhaps one of the most well documented in human history. Having said that one may ask why his life and all the detail is important at all?

This post was originally published on this siteBy Hassan Shibly Yes. You read that right. This is not a 13 point plan on how to merely survive a Trump Presidency. This is a plan for how we can flourish under a Trump presidency and emerge as stronger Muslims and better positioned Americans than before. Allah never takes, He only gives. Every apparent challenge is in reality a great opportunity.

This post was originally published on this siteBy Hashir Zuberi Grief brings us together. It causes new wounds, but at the same time heals old ones. It allows a family, a community, or a nation to set aside their petty differences, to overlook faults, to apologize and forgive, and provide the strength we all need from each other that keeps us from falling apart. As a nation, we have had