This post was originally published on this siteI believe in you. That if you set your mind and heart to do something, you can do it. I believe in God. That God can…what? Today is Yom Kippur, so I suppose I believe that God can facilitate forgiveness. But how? In our liturgy, God is a character. A superhero. The seer of consequences. The master of pardons. The conqueror of sin.
This post was originally published on this siteA slide lecture for research students at the Vancouver School of Theology. This was a fun project! A great opportunity to revisit my foundations in philosophical thought. The post Argumentation for Theological Scholars appeared first on Sophia Street – דרך חכמה.
This post was originally published on this siteWe cannot look the other way when a travesty of justice and a blatant abuse of human and civil rights plays out in the land in which Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, received Divine revelation which remains inscribed on the entrance of the Harvard Law library, “O you who believe, stand up firmly for justice as witnesses for God, even
This post was originally published on this siteWith multiple instances of suicide recently occurring in the Dallas, TX Muslim community and within our North American Muslim community, a local Imam heals a community: “Here in Dallas, we have been shaken by the news about a sister who committed suicide somewhere in the area – a mother of three. SubhanAllah, even as we’re trying to cope with the news and make
This post was originally published on this siteThis past year American Muslims have been faced with several community tragedies leaving many youth and adults alike unsure of how to cope. Murders, suicides, political unrest happen all the time around the world, but these events are even more emotionally taxing when they happen to people in our direct communities and when they occur within a short period of time. Repeated exposure
This post was originally published on this siteAnonymous was upset with me. No, not the hacktivist collective. But an anonymous individual. Not someone afraid I would harm them in any way. Just someone who…well, actually I don’t know. For a decade, I worked as rabbi of a wonderful congregation. Once, only once, I received an anonymous complaint. About me, I mean. No story was attached to the complaint. It was one sentence
This post was originally published on this siteThe Biblical character Hannah abandons her son. This should shock us. Hannah does not take mothering for granted. Instead, she prays passionately for a child. So passionately that our tradition’s founding sages tell all of us: pray like Hannah. Like Hannah, we should focus our hearts, move our lips, and make no sound as we pray. Imagine the spiritual depth such a mother
This post was originally published on this siteBy Ibrahim Khan Attending jumu’ah on a weekly basis can give us an opportunity to learn many things. However, nearly every Friday towards the end of the khutbah, the khatib recites a verse that many of us are accustomed to: “Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you
This post was originally published on this siteBy Sajda Khan The face-veil has become the epitome of European xenophobia. Burka and niqab are two terms which are commonly used to describe a face-veil. The niqab is a face-veil covering the entire face leaving the area around the eyes uncovered. The burka covers the whole body including the face with a mesh or voile around the eyes. Once again, Britain’s
This post was originally published on this siteBy Imam Jawad Rasul Ibrahim is mentioned 69 Times in the Quran. He is the only person other than the Prophet Muhammad who has been presented to us as an example to follow. As Allah says in the Quran: “You already have an excellent example in Abraham and those with him, when they said to their people, “We totally dissociate ourselves from you