This post was originally published on this site I saw a fraction of what it meant to be face to face with the heavy armament of the United States military forces while I stood, a Black Man, at the rim of Fulton and North Avenue during the Baltimore Uprising. The National Guard showed up to protect property from frustrated demonstrators. I remember watching what I assume was a lieutenant’s boots

This post was originally published on this siteEarlier this month, the Markfield Institute, where I teach undergraduate Islamic studies, was host to a lecture by Dr Shuruq Naguib of Lancaster University. Dr Naguib is a scholar whose teaching and research is mainly concerned with Qur’anic hermeneutics and gender. When I initially shared a flyer for the lecture on my Facebook page, a number of friends and colleagues from far beyond

This post was originally published on this siteSūrah Yūsuf is an amazing and beautiful chapter of the Qur’an. I often hear people say that it’s one of their most favourite Sūrahs, and how they love to hear it being recited by as many famous reciters as they can get their hands on. Perhaps, one reason for this is the beautiful story of Yūsuf which is, as Allah describes it, “the

This post was originally published on this siteNon-Profits are vital to the communal fabric of the American Muslim community. Most Muslim non-profits are masajid. Others have specific other roles, such as legal services, social services, free clinics, dawa, civil rights or other programs. If you are involved with a nonprofit organization, as a board member, for example, one of the most important goals is to grow the non-Profit. So, if

This post was originally published on this siteTranslation of a brief article by Sh Ahmad Salim (حفظه الله) In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Grantor of Mercy. Shaytân’s highest achievement is not that you fall into sin. No, Shaytân’s highest achievement is that you abandon the acts of obedience, and accept sins as your permanent condition. The greatest problem with sins is not the sin itself, but

This post was originally published on this siteBy Abu O’baydah b. Ali Many people will look at the passing of AaronHernandez, former New England Patriots tight end, and say look “someone who had it all, money, fame, women, super human talent on the football field and he just threw it away.” But let’s follow the trend in pop culture and take a moment to look at our part in his passing

This post was originally published on this siteIt’s really all for her. This whole mad business of trying to make our house of dreams. Just a month or so ago, we moved into our little portion at my inlaw’s and are busy doing it up. But before that, for the past year we’d been at my mom’s. Hums had still been in Dubai and the kids and I had moved

This post was originally published on this siteBy Nurriddeen Knight I’m not sure if I ever interacted with Ibn Ali, I just noticed him, and later his wife and kids, among those sitting in an Islamic class in Masjid Muhammad of Atlantic City —seeing a family learning together were reason enough to smile. Recently that man that I only happened to notice in an Islamic class became the object of

This post was originally published on this siteAs we stood in line to ride our next roller coaster, Ahmad and I didn’t realize that someone was listening in on our conversation.  We stood there talking about a lot of different things on that hot summer day trying to pass the time of the long wait.  I don’t even remember what we were talking about, but it was enough to have

This post was originally published on this siteIn my last article on the American Muslim campaign against established knowledge, scholarship, and academia, I attempted to bring to the forefront of Muslim discourse the current wave of anti-intellectualism and the rise of the “pastime” scholar and public intellectuals. Such a “scholar” has proven to be most destructive to real discourse. He is under increasing pressure to read, understand and formulate an