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What’s the Matter? Cutting, Mental Health & Family Ties

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Question: My parents had a turbulent marriage: full-on warfare and not pretty to watch growing up. I grew up highly conflicted about how I felt about them – I know I had to love them, but it took me until my adulthood to finally like them as humans. I got a lot of flak from my mom because I 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 »

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 »

What’s the Matter? Attracted to the Same Sex

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Question: If a girl is attracted to other girls since her teenage years, what is the best way to suppress her desires? I know the American Psychology Association strictly prohibits any therapy that may suppress the desires for the same gender and even at school we are taught to discover our own sexuality, but as a Muslim therapist what is ... Read More »

10 Rules of #TwitterFiqh

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The following tweets were published in order to establish an Islamic etiquette in tweeting - #TwitterFiqh. Remember these wise words: 1- Do not feel entitled to comment negatively on something you disagree with. You do not have the right to criticize and critique everything. 2- Leave off what doesn't concern you directly/personally and turn to that which concerns you personally. 3- If ... 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 »

Fathers – What Kind of Man Will Marry Your Daughter?

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I went from identifying with the guy trying to get the girl while moving past the crazy dad to being the responsible father who protects his girls from men who want to take advantage of them. 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 »

Left Behind – the Families of Muslim Prisoners in CMUs

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Helplessness and resolve draped in a cream hijab and coral shawl, her face shielded behind over-sized sunglasses, holding her head high, she displays the photograph of the love of her life at a rally in front of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Sahar Ahmed married a network engineer from a decent Pakistani family. The kind of guy most ... 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 »

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