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Kaafir, the New F-word

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It was something I learned very young: Never say the word kaafir. I didn't know Arabic at the time, but I knew it was worse than a curse word. It was the most evil word you could possibly utter. Call a person anything you want, but never this. A kaafir was evil. A kaafir was a monster. A kaafir was ... Read More »

England and the East: A Tale of Pirates and Treasures

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British history classes do well to teach the World Wars, the abolition of slavery and the French Revolution(s). But one thing you may not have heard of is the long and swashbuckling history of England's relationship with the Islamic world. Active interaction with Islam existed since the establishment of medieval Muslim Spain in 711, and can be seen throughout some ... Read More »

Seerah Series | Part 2: Specialties of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) | Shaykh Yasir Qadhi

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Let us have a genuine love for the Prophet. Let us understand the sacrifices he made for us. Let us understand what a great personality he was and most importantly let us study his life and times so that we can implement and follow his teachings and come closer to Allāh. Read More »

MuslimKidsMatter | Hijab

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Hijab by Samiyah Ali Khan Allāh has blessed us with the hijab,  It keeps us pure and protected from committing sin, and with that we will commit even lesser sins. Young women and adults wear a hijab and it sometimes might make you feel uncomfortable at first but after a while you will feel awkward without it. I started wearing ... 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 »

Please the One, Not the Many

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You're not expected to try to make everyone happy, nor is it possible. That's not Islam. Respect for others is vital, but in the end we answer to Allah. Read More »

On the Shoulders of Giants

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By Musab Qureshi In a country where many girls are still discouraged from going to school, Sushma Verma is having anything but a typical childhood. The 13-year-old girl from a poor farming family in north India has enrolled in a Master's degree in microbiology, after her daily-wage earning father sold his land to pay for some of his daughter's tuition. ... Read More »

A Tribute to Andalus

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O Allah, My Condition is known to You, My Master. Is relief near? Read More »

The End to Hitting Women: Islamic Perspective on Domestic Violence | Imam Abdullah Hasan

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For a pdf version of this article click The End to Hitting Women Perhaps one of the most misunderstood and misconstrued verses in the Qur'an by Muslims and non-Muslims alike is verse 4:34, the so-called 'chastisement verse'. Those who claim that the verse allows husbands to hit their wives argue that the verse suggests a three step solution in the event ... Read More »

“He Was Real to Us” – A South African Muslim’s Hesitant Tribute to Mandela

A young member of the Maitibolo Cultural Troupe, who came to dance for well-wishers in honour of Nelson Mandela, poses for well-wishers in front of a placard of Mandela, outside the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela was being treated in Pretoria, South Africa Photo: AP

By Na'ima B. Robert When I heard about Nelson Mandela's death in the early hours of the morning of December 5, via a message on Viber, the only way I could describe the way I felt was numb. I didn't feel a crushing sense of grief or loss. I didn't cry. Although I had been aware of his ill health ... Read More »

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