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May 2017

Ramadan is Hope

This post was originally published on this siteHow are countless believers able to pray tarāweeḥ throughout the month of Ramadan when many of them do not enter the mosques throughout the rest of the year? How are so many believers able to fast for an entire month without breaking fast early, despite being able to do so in private without anyone but their Lord knowing? How are so many believers

This post was originally published on this siteيَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اصْبِرُوا وَصَابِرُوا وَرَابِطُوا وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ “O you who have attained faith! Be patient in adversity, outdo all others in endurance, and be ever ready , and remain conscious of God, so that you may succeed!” – Qur’an 3:200 This open letter was inspired by a noticeable increase in requests for advice and reassurance from frustrated community activists and

This post was originally published on this siteWe can say “Peace on Earth.” We can sing about it, preach about it or pray about it, but if we have not internalized the mythology to make it happen inside us, then it will not be.” –Betty Shabazz Muslims in North America love to talk about our diversity. We beam with pride during visual presentations of our communal rituals. We are awed

This post was originally published on this siteOn the surface, there is little to connect the two books, but if you look past the exterior – what we may realise is that the beauty of both is in their collation of data rather than in necessarily discovering new data. In short, if Google has taught us anything, it is that organising information to be easily accessible can be just as

This post was originally published on this siteThough past peoples knew of savagery, it is only in the modern era that brutality is witnessed as it is taking place. The rise of the internet has exacerbated this phenomenon, broadcasting suffering through videos and images depicting bloodshed, starvation, massacres, and oppression. And although witnessing deprivation is always taxing to an individual with even a shred of spiritual worth, it is the

This post was originally published on this siteWhen I began telling people that I was planning on going for Hajj, I was surprised to hear one piece of advice over and over again—use the squatting toilets in Mina. Although I was eager to hear suggestions on how to make my Hajj easier and better, deep down inside I knew the issue of the Eastern toilet was one that I would

This post was originally published on this siteA study published in the journal Personal Relationships has suggested how just a little display of gratitude between spouses is the key to improving a marriage. It is not just one study, rather several that have found such levels of effectiveness of gratitude in one’s marriage. According to Dr. Katia Sol in her Tedx talk on gratitude, The Gottman Institute, renowned for their

This post was originally published on this siteBy far, one of the most difficult experiences I faced in hijab was when I made the decision to wear niqaab (the face veil). As I discussed in my post “I’m Taking Off This Veil!” this decision exposed me to a host of confounding experiences, the most trying of which was the repeated assumption of what this decision represented about me. One of

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