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So who’s going to be the best football team of the world for the next 4 years? (yes, football…. not soccer)

Except if you are living in different world, today is the final of the World Cup: Spain vs Netherlands. For some reason, everybody looks to favor the Spanish (including me). Who’s your favorite? And most importantly, where are you going to watch the game? I have heard this match will be broadcasted in 3D in select theaters. Wow!

Live Broadcast next Saturday (inshaAllah)

Don’t miss for the 1st time ever on MM, a live broadcast of a lecture from Santa Clara, CA on Saturday, July 17th at 7 PM (PST) with Nouman Ali Khan, Siraaj Wahajj and Dalia Mogahed. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more information.

No-Fly list Alert from CAIR

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If you happened to be Muslim and planning to come to America, it might be better for you to know how to swim

CAIR issued an advisory to American Muslims — whether citizens, permanent residents or visa holders — warning of the risk of “forced exile” when traveling overseas or attempting to return to the United States. Muslim travelers are urged to know their legal rights if they are placed on the so-called “no-fly list.”

SEE: Cases of American Muslims Barred from U.S.
http://tinyurl.com/3y5uu8f

American Man in Limbo on No-Fly List (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/16/world/middleeast/16yemen.html

U.S. Muslims Facing Problems in Return from Abroad (Wash. Post)
http://tinyurl.com/ye8ymru

FBI agents have reportedly told a number of individuals that they face being stranded outside the United States longer, or forever, unless they give up their rights to legal representation or to refuse interrogations and polygraph tests. But even those who submitted to interrogations without an attorney or to the “lie detector” tests remain stranded.

Full Advisory: U.S. Muslim Travelers Warned of ‘Forced Exile’

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Nadim is an IT professional who loves to travel around the world. He grew up in France, lived in the US and now resides in Saudi Arabia. He is the former ameer of the AlMaghrib Institute student tribe in Bay Area, CA. You can follow him on Twitter @muslimms

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            Ramadan Mubarak: This Ramadan Is Going To Be Different…

            This Ramadan is going to be different. No Taraweeh in the masjid. No parties for Iftar. All dressed up and nowhere to go. Except exactly where we need to be.

            This Ramadan is going to be different. Alone with your Lord, but together in our isolation. This Ramadan, rediscover your faith. Rediscover the beauty of personal worship, even as we as we pray for the return of communal celebrations.

            Ramadan Mubarak with love from MuslimMatters.

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            Editor’s Choice: Top 10 Articles Of 2019

            Top ten posts of 2019

            MuslimMatters is grateful to Allah for our readers and our writers for collaborating to build the Muslim Internet’s most widely read online magazine. It is an honor to publish every article that goes up on the site. Here are the editor’s choices from the top most read articles of 2019.

            10. Reflections on Muslim Approaches to the Abortion Debate: The Problem of Narrow Conceptualization | Sh Salman Younas

            This comprehensive scholarly essay, published in August, was nuanced and forces the reader to take a step back and holistically look at the issue of abortion. Shaykh Salman, a traditional trained scholar, is completing his PhD at Oxford University on early Hanafi fiqh.

            American Muslims must go beyond simplistic and emotionally-charged approaches to the abortion question. This issue, like many others, cannot be properly addressed through a narrowly defined law, politics, or clash of ideologies narrative, especially at the level of individual fatwā, communal irshād, or political activism, advocacy, and legislation.Click To Tweet

            9. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf And The Question of Rebellion In The Islamic Tradition | Dr Usaama al-Azami

            In this September piece, which predated many controversies, Dr Azami, a Departmental Lecturer in Contemporary Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford argues against Shaykh Hamza’s contention that the Islamic tradition has uniformly called for rendering obedience to tyrannical rule.

            8. What Fasting Demands From Us | Mufti Taqi Uthmani

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            This article was a Ramadan treat, a translation of the work by the esteemed South Asian scholar.

            It is, however, important when there is the temptation, the heart desires it, and the environment encourages it, and then in submission to the command of Allah one says, “مَعَاذَ الله” “I seek refuge of Allah” (Surah Yūsuf, 12:24). This is the worship that Allah has created mankind.Click To Tweet

            Ramaḍān is commonly viewed as only a month of fasting and tarāwīḥ, and that there is no other significance to it. Without a doubt, the fasting and the tarāwīḥ prayers are two major acts of worship in this month. However, the reality is that the blessed month of Ramaḍān demands more from us.

            7. When Faith Hurts | Zeba Khan

            This piece by our Director of Development and regular writer, Zeba Khan, hit a nerve with many readers. It went deep into recognizing that faith is not a protection from pain, and pain is not the absence of faith.

            Our spiritual education is broken. In order to fix it, we have to be upfront with each other. We have to admit that we can be happy with Allah and still find ourselves devastated by the tests He puts before us, because faith is not a protection from struggle.Click To Tweet

            6. Emotional Intelligence: A Tool for Change | Imam Mikaeel Smith

            The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) displayed perfection in both moral intelligence and interpersonal understanding and the author, Imam Mikaeel Smith encapsulates this in his book on Prophetic emotional intelligence.

            Moral Intelligence helps us maintain our ideals and live by them, while Emotional Intelligence ensures that the message is effectively communicated to othersClick To Tweet

            Emotional Intelligence by itself is not sufficient for individual reform or societal reform; instead, it is only one part of the puzzle. The ʿaql or intellect that is referenced repeatedly in the Qurʾān is a more comprehensive tool that not only recognizes how to understand the psychological and emotional aspects of people but recognizes morally upright and sound behavior.

            5. Sri Lankan Muslims To Fast In Solidarity With Fellow Christians | Raashid Riza

            Mainstream Muslims have in fact been at the forefront not just locally, but also internationally in the fight against extremism within Muslim communities. Sri Lankan Muslims, a numerical minority, though a well-integrated native community in Sri Lanka’s colourful social fabric, seek to take lead in helping to alleviate the suffering currently plaguing our nation. This article is on this list not just because it was an excellent read but because of the positive effect it had on repairing divides causes by the attacks.

            4. Loving Muslim Marriage Episode #2: Do Women Desire Sex? | Saba Syed, Zeba Khan

            In this episode, the Loving Muslim Marriage team asks an obvious question with what seems like an obvious answer – do women need sex? Obviously, yes. If that’s the case though, then why is expressing a sexual need, or seeking help for sexual issues such a taboo in Muslim cultures? Obviously many people wanted to learn more.

            3. Are You Prepared for Marriage and Building a Family? | Mona Islam

            The article is a curriculum for young Muslims with real life examples that parents, teachers and youth groups can use. Expert curriculum designer, Mona Islam, emphasizes on the need for this education in middle and high school.

            In retrospect, we learn that marriage is not simply a door that we walk through which changes our life, but something that each young Muslim and Muslima should be preparing for individually through observation, introspection, and reflection.Click To Tweet

            2. The Day I Die | Imam Omar Suleiman

            Imam Omar’s column never fails to uplift readers. This was his most poignant post.

            A wise man once said to me, “Always put your funeral in front of you, and work backwards in constructing your life accordingly.” With the deaths of righteous people, that advice always advances to the front of my thoughts.Click To Tweet

            1.  Few Can Build Many Can Destroy | Sh Mohammad ElShinawy 

            With so many internal and external forces bent on crushing our souls. this article compels us to adopt the Quranic formula for returning the ummah to health; focus on developing the good, more than destroying the evil.

            The Quran also nurtured in its reader’s spirit the magnificence of God, far more than it illustrated the futility of idol-worship, all because deepening your understanding of who Allah is will always outperform identifying who Allah is not, and because the second will naturally happen once the first has been secured.Click To Tweet

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            Complicated?:​ ​The A-Z of Women’s Modern Fiqh | Sh Waleed Basyouni

            You know that frustrating feeling of not knowing the answers to certain questions?

            Questions like:

            …am I praying or am I not?

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            …can I touch the Quran or can I not…?

            …did that man really just say that because I’m a woman, I can’t do this, or wear that, or speak up?

            Every ​question,​ every ​concern,​ every ​misconception on​ Women’s Fiqh… What if you had the answers?

            Women’s fiqh has a reputation for being complicated. However, the reason why is because nobody has given it the full attention it needs in the context of Muslim women living in the West today.

            I propose we end that confusion, stop the misuse of Islamic texts, and reclaim the knowledge. This applies to the men, as well. Men will want to learn about this as well – not just because they have women in their life (a mom, a sister, a wife or a daughter). But because knowing the fiqh specific to half of the world’s population saves everyone from making dangerous mistakes.

            The answers to your questions and the knowledge you’re looking for comes in a complete, online guided course:​ Complicated?:​ ​The A-Z of Women’s Modern Fiqh.

            It’s titled with a question mark because it really isn’t that complicated. This is the complete online course that covers every stage of a woman’s natural lifecycle. From newborns, puberty, and education, to marriage, old age, and the eventual janazah.

             Plus, it covers modern fiqh questions about topics like careers, public speaking, fashion, social interactions and textual misconceptions.

            Here’s what past attendees have to say about this course:

            “Throughout the course, I was nodding all the time….. …..like YES, this is a question I’ve had….

            …. and thank you for answering it.

            It opened my eyes to so many different issues,

            Som that I was struggling with, and some I hadn’t even considered.”– From author and speaker, Sr Asmaa Hussain

             

            “At first, I thought it would be a course on the usual Fiqh of Women stuff… …like pregnancy, periods, ghusl, salah. Sure that was there and with great clarity… …but it was literally the A-Z: He talked about women’s leadership, women as judges, women in positions of power… Never had I felt more empowered, more confident.…and especially grateful to be present in this class. “ – Ustadha Taimiyyah Zubair

            You will also get to listen to these guest speakers:

            • Imam Omar Suleiman ​- AlMaghrib Instructor, ​civil rights activist, writer, and speaker
            • Dunia Shuaib -​ Certified marriage educator, author, and lecturer
            • Maryam Amir ​- Hafidha  and social justice educator
            • Dr. Marwa Assar -​ Psychologist, educator, writer, CEO of H.O.M.E.
            • Hina Mirza​ – Registered psychotherapist

            And watch recorded bonuses with:

            • Ustadha Taimiyyah Zubair​ – Instructor at AlMaghrib Institute
            • Asmaa Hussain​ – Author of the best seller- A Temporary Gift
            • Sarah Sultan​ – Mental health counselor
            • Noor Salem​ – Nutritionist, author and speaker
            • Aminah Khan​ – Entrepreneur, Founder of Amanah Fitness
            • Shaykh Yahya Ibrahim​ – Instructor at AlMaghrib Institute

              Every question ever asked about Women’s fiqh is answered in this online course. And if you still have more questions, there are Live Q&A sessions scheduled for you to ask what hasn’t already been discussed.

            If you are interested in joining, then make sure you register before ​today Oct 10th 11:59pm, ​when the course closes.

            Click on the link below and get access to your student portal today:

            www.almaghrib.online

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