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This post was originally published on this siteBy Ismail Shaikh   Is it time for us to reconcile our faith with mental health and psychology? The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Take for example the case study of Hashim: Hashim is a 25-year old single male who experienced severe bullying throughout middle school. Although it ceased in high school, it impact him severely enough that he found it challenging

This post was originally published on this siteBy Abeda Ahmad This brother in his 60s with a beard and jubbah sat in front of me with his head hung down and hands clasped firmly together while his knuckles were turning white due to the pressure. I could see that talking about his issue was draining and it was taking every ounce of courage and willpower. He said he knew it

This post was originally published on this siteFor the past 10 years, I have helped facilitate dialogue with many different people, answering questions about Islam and addressing misconceptions about my faith. It has always been by belief that understanding comes with dialogue, so I would like to take this opportunity to share some reflections about the dialogues I have had over the years. One of my earliest lessons as a

This post was originally published on this site As dawn broke across Jerusalem on the morning of the 11th of December, the world held its breath as the central players in a struggle stretching across continents prepared to take the stage. In Masjid Al Aqsa, Fajr prayers had just ended. A sense of impending doom hung thickly in the air. The people had no way of knowing that this would be the

This post was originally published on this siteTamar, daughter-in-law of Judah. Tamar stars in a short, woman-centred story (Gen. 38:1-30). This story — says Biblical scholar Robert Alter — reinforces Torah’s big themes. Once again, God decides not to choose the eldest son as family leader. Judah, a middle-child, becomes a great-grandfather of Israel’s kings. Alter’s insight is helpful. But, from a woman’s perspective, it’s odd. Does Torah really deploy a woman to illustrate men’s issues? I don’t think so.

This post was originally published on this siteBy Hanan Seid Community; noun; a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. Being a community is hard. It takes effort. Being a community that gets everyone involved; black, white, women, men, youth, elderly – is even harder. The one group of people masajid are losing at a very fast rate are the youth. “Do

This post was originally published on this siteBy Saira Zafir   “Before coming into this effort , I wanted to emulate the best singers in the world. When I joined this effort, I asked the people, ‘Who is it that excelled above all others in this path?’ They told me, ‘It was the Prophet.’ So I decided on that day that I would strive to learn the qualities of

This post was originally published on this siteOn a scale of things that many non-Muslims wouldn’t want built anywhere near where they live, the mosque probably comes somewhere between a landfill and Ebola sanatorium. It’s not that they are racist, Islamophobic, or elitist (although a proportion are), but they are definitely afraid. This stems from a fear of the unknown or a misunderstanding of who Muslims are. Mosques seem like

This post was originally published on this siteAllah sent Prophet Muhammad as a prophet to guide people to Islam, but also as a role model. As Muslims, we are supposed to study his life, his experiences, his difficulties and take lessons from him because he was the closest to being a perfect person. His story comes with a lot of lessons but one of the most important is this verse

This post was originally published on this siteDina, quiet star of a disturbing Biblical story. A teaching story, with lessons for our time, too. Dina: An Ancient Torah Story Dina goes out to see her girlfriends (Gen. 34:1). Maybe they’re at a bar in town. Or a party tent in the countryside. With music, dancing, and lots to drink. Shechem sees her (Gen. 34:2). Maybe from across the room. He’s