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8 Reasons Why I, as an American Muslim, Don’t Feel Guilty About the Boston Bombings

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Ever since the Boston marathon bombings, my mind has been swarming with thoughts and emotions. I have been glued to the internet, digesting article after article, and comment after comment. I am sure I am not alone. The American Muslim emotional roller-coaster response to terrorism isn't fresh reading. It starts with deep sadness and horror during the course of the ... Read More »

UnMosqued Primer: What You Need to Know About the Arguments

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The 'unmosqued' discussion has spawned a host of conversations, coffee shop conversations, desi dinner party fodder, tweetable soundbites, virally shared facebook updates, and even a couple of blog articles right here on MuslimMatters. To say that this topic interests me is an understatement (I even started a website dedicated to trying to steer leaders into running their masjids better). When it comes ... Read More »

What’s In Your Ear? | Imam Safi Khan

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In this WIYE, our Editor-in-Chief, Hena Zuberi interviews imām Safi Khan: founder and director of the Dar-us-Salaam Community in College Park, MD. Brother Safi, as he likes to be called, holds a degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, and is well-versed in Islamic law, tafsir, and sīrah. He has been a prominent imām, lecturer, and family and youth ... Read More »

Understanding the Statements of the Illustrious Imams: ‘When a Hadith is Sahih it is my Madhab”

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What is the meaning of the statement by the four Imams: Abu Hanifah, Malik, al-Shafi’i, and Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, that ‘when a hadith is found to be authentic that is my adopted position (in fiqh)’? Read More »

How Much Should Islamic Clergy Make?

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Many of our boards have yet to realize that the job description of an Imam in America is vastly different from what an imam does in nearly any other country in the world. The expectations we put on them are herculean to say the least. Read More »

Haitham Al-Haddad | Tarawih Recitation: A Message to all Imams

The way many Imāms recite during the Tarāwīḥ prayer is inexcusable and should be condemned in the strongest of ways by the people of knowledge, and in fact, any individual who respects the words of God. These Imāms recite the Qur’ān as if they are competing with the allocated time in order to finish the set amount and be rid of a heavy burden placed on their shoulders. Read More »

NPR: Female Imams Blaze Trail Amid China’s Muslims

A Unique Chinese Tradition: In Kaifeng, there are 16 women’s mosques, one-third the number of mosques for males. Shui Jingjun, of the Henan Academy of Social Sciences and co-author of a book on the phenomenon, says that so far there are no women’s mosques in other countries. In most of the Muslim world, women pray behind a partition or in a separate room, but in the same mosque as men. Read More »

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