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A Guide for Studying Arabic and Quran in Morocco

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Going abroad to study Arabic is one of the best ways to learn the language. With a vibrant culture and a rich intellectual heritage, Morocco is naturally a destination of choice for students from across the globe. What follows below is a guide for those looking to go there to study Arabic and Qurʾān. It is based on my experiences ... Read More »

The Shaykh and the Ustadh Defined

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Guest post by Abdul Wahab Saleem (Facebook/Twitter) I received a question on my Facebook page recently about what the difference between a Shaykh and an Ustādh is. This is a question that I remember being confused about over a decade ago. I remember growing up as a child wondering, “Who is a Shaykh? What defines an `Ālim? Why do we ... Read More »

Some Knowledge is not Taken Except Like This

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“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 »

Fatwas and the Responsibility of Muslim Scholars in America

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Understanding how to apply Islamic law and morality, in the United States, require a thorough understanding of the shariah, the culture norms of the people, as well as the inclusion and consultation of indigenous American Muslim imams, laymen and intelligentsia. Read More »

Shariah Program Arabic – What’s this about 21 days?

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By: Sawitri Mardyani (Phd) It seems like a completely outrageous claim, doesn't it?  Especially if you've tried to study Arabic before.  You know how many weeks, months, years or even decades you've spent learning words, constructing simple sentences, and not coming anywhere near a real Arabic book. So how could this be possible?  How could you cover enough of the language to Do you need ... Read More »

First Muslim Fraternity Alif Laam Meem: Video and Interview with Ali Mahmoud

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Timeline: Towards the end of Fall semester 2012, my friend Omar and I were talking about how excited he and I were that he was going to be going to the same school I was. Omar and I had been friends for our entire lives (we have baby pictures together), but Omar always lived on the other side of town. ... Read More »

8 Things I Came to Realize by Saad Tasleem

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Every time I begin to feel like I’m doing enough for the sake of this dīn, or begin to feel good about the work that I’m doing, all I have to do is look at others who are working for this dīn as well. Read More »

Raising Our Children with the Book of Allah | Special Speeches by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi & Umm Reem

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All praises are due to Allāh . We praise Him azzawajal, Seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. We also seek refuge in Allāh from the evil of our souls and from our impious intentions and deeds. Indeed, whomsoever Allāh guides none can misguide and whomever Allāh misguides none can guide. I bear witness and testify that there is ... Read More »

An Interview with the College of Islamic Studies (CIS)

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By Abdus-Sami Hoda North America's newest Islamic College recently completed its second term. Students first attended classes at the new College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at the Islamic Institute of Orange County (IIOC) in Anaheim, California at the beginning of 2013. I was able to interview Shaykh Mustafa Umar, currently Director of Education and Outreach at IIOC, and College of Islamic ... Read More »

Safe Mosques: An Invitation for American Muslim Leadership to Create Safer Schools & Centers

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Mohamed Elibiary is a national security expert advising the homeland security enterprise and Texas-based Muslim community leader. With more than a week past the Boston Bombings, public emotions are beginning to subside. But many Muslim communities are still left dealing with their fear of a backlash or hate crime at their masjid (Mosque) or Islamic school. In response to the ... Read More »

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