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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

Worshipper

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

Son on father's shoulder

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

Bayt al-Andalus

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 »

Love you, Love You Not, Love You….For Him

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By Maria Karim 'I love you for the sake of Allāh,' my classmate at the markaz said to me, smiling warmly.  It was the first time I had heard this and having no knowledge of what the expression implied I gave her a meek smile, not knowing how to reply, while feeling awkward. It sounded unrealistic because how can someone who hardly knows ... Read More »

A Convert’s Story

Compass

By: Hina Khan The conversion ceremony was a very frigid one. I was looking for acceptance; they were looking for submission. In a room full of suspicious women, I was alone with a fear that numbed my senses. The imām stepped into the foyer where I was seated as though it was a demonstration for public viewing. At least that ... Read More »

The Myth of the Naturally Good Muslim

No Soul

On a dark and stormy night in the dark cave of man's mind, Shaitaan once lit a campfire and settled down to tell a story- a myth, in fact.  It went like this: Once upon a time Islam was revealed to a Prophet of near God-like perfection.  He shared it with his friends, who were all superhumans lacking any embarrassing ... Read More »

Some Knowledge is not Taken Except Like This

Knowledge

“A muhaddith will never be complete until they narrate from who is above them, equal to them, and below them”. This statement is not simply words anymore that are memorized, or understood; the host scholar ingrained them in my heart and sealed them with images of parking lot races, reading mistakes unabashedly made in front of congregations, and the most beautiful humility. There is some knowledge that is not taken, except like this. Read More »

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