Islam is Against Terrorism:
"There is no rest after today, O Khadija"
Sadaqa RasulAllah, وسلم عليه الله صلى, indeed, he spoke the truth.
THE BATTLE FOR ISLAM: We are at a critical moment in our history, as Muslims, whereby we need to redefine our struggle. It is our utmost responsibility to redirect our people from a less productive phase into a more productive one that would ensure our communal success. Any single one of us can give water to a stranger since this is one of the most meritorious deeds in Islam. We need to emphasize again, as if need be, that we are not in the business of killing people, but rather saving them! This is our God-given salvation mission via the global spreading of Allah’s, Azza wa Jall, sacred six Kalimas...
Salam and Do Your Par...
Shariah in the Current relativistic Age
We are necessarily different from each other, occupying discrete points in various domains, be they physical, emotional, or influential. It makes sense that our value system be elastic enough to account for the differences this reality entails. We are also necessarily similar to each other, sharing common spaces, be they spiritual, moral, or metaphysical. It also makes sense that our value system be unified to attest this singular reality. These two value systems may appear complementary but are commonly seen as antagonistic, one being hedonistic and self-centered, and the other being hidebound and ideological. History is littered with different philosophies and “isms” that have tried to explain reality and influence human beha...
America born imams are popular specially with Muslim youths
. They deal with sensitive topics like marijuana use, dating and pornography.
85 percent of full-time, paid imams in the U.S. are foreign-born — but the demand for people like Umar is growing as American Muslim leaders look for ways to keep the religion relevant for young Umar, 31, is a serious Islamic scholar who has studied the Quran in the Middle East, Europe and India — but he’s also a native Californian, who is well-versed in social media and pop culture, and can connect with teens on their own terms.
With a foot in both traditional Islam and U.S. pop culture, leaders like Umar are trying to help young Muslims embrace their American experience without letting go of Islamic traditions. It’s part of a broader ...
Can Muslims Celebrate Thanksgiving?
Syed Saud Ashraf,MD
Member of Board of Directors, MCA
The following link gives a reasonable Islamic position regarding the celebration of Thanksgiving and I would encourage people to read it: http://imamluqman.wordpress.com/tag/can-muslims-celebratethanksgiving/
My personal understanding when faced with such issues is that it highlights a more deeper and fundamental problem, that being: that there is a continued crisis in the Muslim mind. There is a lack of clarity in Islamic thinking and vision as it ought to apply in our daily lives within the contemporary reality. In addressing such issues we routinely come across a missing dimension: common sense.
Culture and revelation are two distinct realities - both valuable and obviously necessary and are...
By: Sarah A. Harlan
The din of the niqab-ban debate continues to rise in the UK as lawmakers express concerns of the security implications of women covering their faces with niqab and the overturning of a ban on niqab at Birmingham Metropolitan College.
The debate is polarizing within and without the Muslim faith community in the UK, but a leading concern of many is that the debate is monopolized by those who do not wear niqab, indeed most of them non-Muslim men.
MOVING BEYOND ISLAM’S “MIXED SIGNALS”
Saleem Ahmed, Ph.D. (Board Member,MCA)
Author of Islam: A Relgion of Peace, President,Islamic institute,Honolulu
With the trials of Major Nidal Hasan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev fresh in people’s minds, the question whether Islam is a religion of peace troubles many, exacerbated by opposite signals from Muslim hawks and doves. For example, while the Islamic Society of North America quotes several Qur’anic verses to underscore Islam as religion of peace, Sheikh Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Humaid, former Saudi chief justice, quotes several other Qur’anic verses to incite Muslims to fight non-Muslims continuously. Since both quote the Qur'an, neither accuses the other of being “un-Islamic”. However, with the Sheikh’s article, “The Call to Jih...
Is Islam the Priority of Muslims?
Vice President,MCA, Director of Islamic Center of Nevada
Is Islam really the priority of Muslims? Is Muslim leadership really concerned about justice? And does the Muslim world really care for human life? Well, these questions can be raised in almost every religious community? Even in a non-religious community, they are valid.
Egypt saw the massacre through gun fire. Then Syria witnessed the killing through chemical weapons. Afghanistan has been witnessing it daily. Iraq is not behind. Israel has been inflicting death and destruction on Palestinians. Somalia is volatile. Ethiopia and Thailand are experiencing increased violence and in Pakistan the state and people have killed more citizens than killed by enemies in wars.
United We Stand: One Nation, One Destiny United we stand; one nation, one destiny By Imam Zaid Shakir (article written in 2011, but it is still valid) United for Change was created to galvanize the Muslim leadership in North America to take on issues that are too large for any one individual leader, organization or group to effectively address. In our first two conferences we have called attention to the issue of Malaria in Africa and practical steps needed to preserve the integrity of the family. This year marks ten years since the attacks of September 11, 2001. It also marks the beginning of what promises to be a hard fought presidential election. These issues combine to point towards Islam and Muslims once again being in the spotlight, in a way far more intense than that which occ...
Moon Sighting vs Calculation: EID August 8 or 9?
With so many other critical issues that face Muslims today, we still quarrel about moon sighting for determining the start of Ramadan or Eid. It should not be that way. Muslims are divided – possibly 40 for moon sighting and 60 not. They disagree on so many other things and for so many reasons – legitimate or power driven - yet all Muslims are unanimous on the need to have one and the same day for Eid. Observing it collectively by thousands and millions of people the same day and sharing the joys or spirituality of the experience together enhances the impact manifold. This is established as a socio - psychological fact. So is the general requirement in Islam of praying together, and doing pilgrimage and other practic...
Gift of Ramadan -
قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّـهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا ۚإِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
Say: "O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! --
Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
As Ramadan yields way to that what which Allah (s) has measured out, the above is a Divine gift for the believer. May Allah (s) accept all our sacrifice and efforts and all of our yearnings. His Greatness is immeasurable and the vastness of...