This post was originally published on this siteHasan Minhaj’s comedy special on Netflix, Homecoming King, is simply amazing.  His honesty, talent for telling stories and jokes, and integrity to himself create an important space for dialogue and action. I felt inspired by Homecoming King to do the following 10 things in my own life and hope that all of us will participate and allow this piece of art and culture

This post was originally published on this siteBy Gulnaz Uighur My name is Gulnaz and I am a Uyghur Muslim. My place of birth is East Turkestan but the world knows it as ‘Xinjiang’ because China says so. When I was a child, entering my teenage years as an eleven year old, my family fled Xinjiang and at that time I had seen enough. That eleven year old girl had

This post was originally published on this siteBy Sajda Khan Fourteen hundred years ago, amid a cradle of turmoil, in the scorching barren desert of Makkah, the last Prophet of Islam, Muhammad was born. His birth marked a momentous era in history. For the one and a half billion Muslims in the world today, he is the last and greatest of the long line of Prophets who brought the message

This post was originally published on this siteI felt rather ambivalent about my first trip to Japan last summer. I was certainly ecstatic about the opportunity to visit the country for a research trip; it had been a lifelong dream to visit the land of ramen, sushi and Honda Civics. However, my trip was supposed to fall during Ramadan and I wasn’t too happy about that. I thought about all

This post was originally published on this siteIs the view that only Christians can go to Heaven an expression of islamophobia? Or is it just a basic tenet of (many denominations of) Christianity? Or is it both? Last week, Bernie Sanders opposed President Trump’s nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought. His opposition was predicated on specific theological views Vought expressed that Sanders characterized

This post was originally published on this siteBy Shaykh Osman Umarji and Ahmed Shaikh One of the primary objectives of Islam is the development, preservation, and equitable distribution of wealth in society, and Zakat is the main vehicle for social and economic justice. Charitable giving is considered a proof of faith and withholding charity considered as a serious offense. Thus, when Abu Bakr became the Khalifa, and some tribes withheld

This post was originally published on this siteThere has already been a mountain of information written about the devastating fire in a West London tower block. But, like the building itself, so much remains shrouded in dark smoke and ash that residents and ordinary citizens are left wondering, what in the world is going on? I’m no conspiracy theorist, but as the news filtered in – or more accurately DIDN’T

This post was originally published on this siteWe are bombarded with news of destruction, famine, war and loss of lives. Each new day we hear stories about hypocrisy, deception and misguidance. We are struggling with our shortcomings, trials and tribulations in our lives and in our relationships. Our hearts are wavering between being overwhelmed and feeling numb from all the chaos. What should be our response when we are immersed

This post was originally published on this siteAbu ‘Ubaidah said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah say: ‘Fasting is a shield, so long as you do not damage it.”‘ Sunan an-Nasa’i, Book 22, Hadith 144

This post was originally published on this siteAs is often the case during regional conflicts, outside players with strong ties to the region, may feel compelled to toe the line to one of the parties. Thus, in the latest conflict between Qatar and Saudi/UAE/Egypt ( “Saudi bloc”), Pakistan found itself walking a diplomatic and economic tightrope. That is, until the last few days, when PM Nawaz Sharif told King Salman