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It’s Ego-Busting Time!

Note: This has been written in direct response to something that happened locally, but which I think is general enough to apply to everyone and everywhere (aside from the annoyance that's evidence in certain...
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Unity Based on Renewal & Guidance

Ustadh Abu Easa has written a must-read introduction (I had the word "teaser" in my mind but it takes away from some of the importance of this discourse) on an initiative/conference that occured in the UK...
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In a Place Allah Has Made -Ruth Nasrullah

I spent the last week on vacation, hiking in and around Mammoth Lakes, California. I haven't had an actual vacation in a while, so it was welcome, although I discovered that my lungs don't adjust very well...
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Can Spirituality Be Taught?

Madrasahs, Sunday schools, Muslim schools: wherever you send them, it's pretty much expected that that's where your kid is going to learn a great deal about being a good Muslim. There, they learn about the...
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Coming of Age Traditions

  In many religions and cultures, children go through an important rite of passage to mark their transition from child to adult. In Christianity, Roman Catholics have Confirmation; Jews have a Bar Mitzvah...
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The Ruins of Traditional Islam

I recently spent a few weeks in Fez, Morocco--an icon of what many call "traditional Islam." Fez is often described as a fully preserved medieval city, a sanctuary where premodern rhythms of life still...