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3 Reasons Why I am Skipping Out on “Noah”

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As you may or may not hear, movie theatres across America this weekend are premiering the movie, “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe.  Several of my Muslim friends and colleagues have expressed interest and excitement about the movie and their desire to attend a showing of the film. Therefore, I felt it necessary to implore us to show restraint and not waste ... Read More »

10 Pieces of Advice Before You Leave for Umrah

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A few pieces of advice for those who will be traveling soon to perform the beautiful Umrah journey. Read More »

Yasir Qadhi: Thoughts on (AE) Abu Eesa-Gate

Yasir Qadhi’s interview feature in the New York Times

The Arabic word for trial is fitna, which has the connotation of purifying a useless external shell and leaving the useful inner core. A goldsmith in classical Arabic is called a fattan, meaning one who causes fitna, because his actions cause the outer layer of impurities present in gold ore to fall away, and leaves the pure gold underneath. Similarly, ... Read More »

Abu Eesa (AE) Humor Overload, Feminism and Apologies

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By Amad Emotions are on short-fuse these days. News travels at the speed of light, social media lights up in a heart-beat and any and all that we say, online or offline, faces scrutiny like never before. Not so long ago, the only way someone on one side of the globe would hear a publicly delivered speech in another part ... Read More »

7 Reasons Why I Love My Beard

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  I'm proud of my beard.  I don't say this in an arrogant way, but what I mean is that I'm not ashamed of it.  I don't wear it because I think I've attained human perfection, but because I want to imitate those of whom I know have.  I wear it because it's the sunnah of my Prophet Muḥammad and I ... Read More »

My Journey into the Himalayas: A Game of Mind Over Matter

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Writer's experience of what she calls adventure of lifetime that has put her life into a perspective. Read More »

Fifty Shades of Grey: What Muslim Teens Need to Know

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“OMG, the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is coming out!” a high-school girl I mentor cheers with excitement. I nod but don't say anything. “I have to tell my friend. She will be thrilled. It is her favorite book!” I feel goose bumps on my skin, because I happen to know her friend as well. She is not an ordinary ... Read More »

The Martin Luther King Jr. Speech that You Haven’t Heard

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We frequently hear the “I have a Dream” speech by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Children who attend school in the USA are taught quotes from this speech. History has re-written Dr. King just as a civil rights leader, but he was also an anti-war activist, an anti-materialist leader.   More than that he was the greatest anti-terrorist that this ... Read More »

Is it British to Ban the Face Veil?

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By Sajda Khan (Twitter: @Sajda__Khan) Why has Britain become so obsessed with an item of clothing known as the niqab worn by a minority of women? In the last few weeks, there has been an influx of media commentaries and heightened discourse on this issue.  Burka and niqab are two terms which are commonly used to describe a face-veil. The ... Read More »

How Not to Stop Racism in the Arab American Community – A Response

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By: Diala Khalife A response to “How do you stop racism in the Arab American community? Heck if I know” I write this in response to a deeply problematic blog post published by Muslim Matters on December 11th. The piece was met with objections and critiques by some Arabs and non-Arab Muslims on Twitter [1]. The original post attempts to ... Read More »

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