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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 »

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 »

“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 »

How do you Stop Racism in the Arab-American Community? Heck if I Know

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Post-Racial? Racism is a complicated issue. Racial prejudice has persisted in America despite the evolution of countervailing social norms that not only undermine the rationales that buoy such bigotry, but shame the bigots themselves. So why are people still jerks? There have been a myriad of reasons suggested for the persistence of racism and racists. I haven't the space nor ... Read More »

A Rebuttal to ‘Should Muslims Reconsider Animal Slaughter on Eid?’

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A respectful rebuttal against the ideas behind the banning of udhiya. Read More »

Are Pakistanis Jealous of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Malala Yusafzai?

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The cold, almost bitter response of Pakistanis towards Malala can be a bit puzzling. This reaction is not just from radical elements but also from the general populace. Explanations for this reaction have ranged from jealousy to conspiracy. Tehmina Kazi, Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy,  focuses on the jealousy part: “The criticism is ostensibly about how Malala's message ... Read More »

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