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Sunday Open Thread | 24-10-10 | Have you been to the Hajj?

Alhumdulillah, that time of the year is here again and we have been blessed to be able to witness it! Yes, here is the onset of those precious weeks leading up to the grand Hajj pilgrimage, a pillar of the beautiful way of life bestowed on us by Allāh(swt). It is amazing, for me, to feel so enthusiastic about anything ... Read More »

Reclaiming The Perceptions Of Muslims, pt. 1 – Be A Citizen

If Muslims are not willing to be known and be identified as fellow citizens -- fully participating in and concerned about our civic community -- then the only Muslims our neighbors will ever know about, are those Muslims that make the news when they commit senseless violent acts. Read More »

Keith Ellison: Should We Fear Islam?

At a time when our nation is seeing a rise in intolerant behavior, crossing every cultural line, whether based on race, religion or sexual orientation, we seem simultaneously stuck with a national news media that is preoccupied with conflict and controversy when we desperately need one that weighs facts and reports fairly. A recent national news program reinforced these concerns. Let me explain what I mean. Read More »

LA Times: Texas messes with Islam

The state Board of Education's bid to limit references to Islam in school textbooks is a disservice to a major religion of the world and to Texas students. Read More »

Muslimah’s Guide to Puberty: How to talk to your daughter about Adolescence


I want to hold on to her tight but she has started her journey to womanhood and all I can do is pray for her & guide her to the best of my ability. My baby can barely make her bed, how will she handle adolescence? It is natural, I know but I want her to stay a child for a little bit longer. Puberty is a confusing and emotional time for young girls. Their bodies are changing; their emotions are raw and magnified. Read More »

Houston Chronicle: Clear Lake mosque finds a good friend

A mosque was built less than 100 yards away from an 18-year-old Clear Lake church last year, and the two religious organizations have acted as neighbors ever since, sharing parking, recycling bins — even baby-sitting the kids. The Clear Lake Islamic Center finally found its home in the backyard of a church after having rented out a small place in ... Read More »

Wait A Minute: Think About It

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Yaser Birjas | Understanding Insan & the Human Fitrah v.2.0

Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) sent, from above, an instruction manual by which you can install, operate, care for and troubleshoot this nafs (yourself) to ensure an upright character that will function properly for the purpose it was made and created for: worshipping Allah. Read More »

Salon: 9/11 widow: The media duped us

As I watch other victims argue over Park51, I feel like reporters turned us into the experts we never were Alissa Torres The first time I heard about the Park51 Islamic community center was on May 6, 2010, when I received the following e-mail from a New York TV reporter: “I'm doing story today about the proposed mosque project at ... Read More »

Why Dr. Aafia’s Campaign is Cause for Celebration

She wonders if anything she has done for Aafia makes any difference at all. After all, Aafia is still in an American jail, waiting to be sentenced to life in prison later this month. She is no closer to coming home than she was when she was found dazed and disoriented on the streets of Ghazni. So Dr. Fowzia sees herself as a failure... ...but not so fast Read More »

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