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14 Top Articles of 2014

14. Gaza was in our thoughts and duas- we blacked out for a day to remind folks about why Israel Was Under Rocket Attack and Why Our Duas for Gaza may not be answered.

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13. The movie Noah had many headed to the theaters but Abu Ibrahim skipped out and here’s why many agreed with him.

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12. Umm Zakiyyah advised the community on their responses to young Muslims who ask about homosexuality in her post Gay and Muslim.

11. Ustadh Abu Hasib Noor, a student in Madinah refuted the claims of the destruction of the grave of the Messenger in the City of the Prophet.

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10. A heated discussion on Olivia Kompier’s Convert Marriage Fails had readers clicking for more.

9. Zeba Khan article on judging Red Wine and Hojabis and her shredding of the freaky fatwa fallacies tied for the 9th spot.

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8. Saba Syed/Umm Reem took on the absurd tropes about love in 50 Shades of Grey and its effects on young women and teens. This article was a great accompaniment to her very popular post on Eradicating the Stigma of Female Sexual Desire

7. Like countless others, Hena Zuberi was inspired by Robert Davila- perhaps the Most Famous American Muslim in 2014.

6. Ramadan is always a blessed time year with many new visitors to the site who read 9 Unexpected Benefits of a Long Ramadan Fasts.

5. Dr Sh Yasir Qadhi Responds to Abu EesaGate .

4. Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan writes about Fame, Personal Life and Responsibility

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3. On Salafi Islam by Dr Sh Yasir Qadhi was read and debated and is still being read and debated.

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2. 21 Ways To Say GoodBye To That Haram Relationship and Get On with Your Life By Ehab Hassan helped young men and women the world over.

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1. After the Kaaba and Masjid Al Nabuwi, Dr Wajid Akhter explored the history of Masjid Al Aqsa in our number one most visited article of the year.

For more reading here are links to some more articles that were widely read in 2014:

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  1. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/01/22/bill-60-means-leave-canada-muslim-families
  2. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/09/04/why-i-dont-need-a-makeup-tutorial-to-teach-me-how-to-wear-a-hijab/
  3. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/01/21/10-things-didnt-know-president-mursi/
  4. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/03/11/abu-eesa-humor-overload-and-apologies/
  5. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/02/17/muslim-female-sexuality-newlyweds/
  6. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/08/07/good-muslims-do-bad-things-too/
  7. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/01/14/shaykh-yasir-qadhi-exposed/
  8. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/04/21/would-you-reject-a-proposal-from-khadijah/
  9. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/05/07/shade-less-not-fair-lovely/
  10. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/10/06/3-marriage-models-we-need-to-rethink/
  11. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/06/24/where-are-your-ramadan-dates-from-bds/
  12. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/03/19/ten-pieces-of-advice-before-you-leave-for-umrah/
  13. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/01/18/second-chance/
  14. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/11/13/top-five-misquotations-of-the-quran/
  15. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/10/01/muslim-scholars-letter-to-al-baghdadi-of-isis-or-isil-a-missed-opportunity/
  16. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/02/03/5-reasons-rain-benefit-prayers-salat-ul-istisqa-bay-area/
  17. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/06/01/stoning-pregnant-pakistani-woman-honor-killing-in-islam/
  18. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/02/28/7-reasons-why-i-love-my-beard/
  19. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/04/11/salvific-exclusivity-i-shaykh-yasir-qadhi/
  20. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/05/19/indian-elections/
  21. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/07/29/2014s-best-places-in-america-for-wanna-be-halalies/
  22. http://muslimmatters.org/2014/01/17/kaafir-new-f-word/

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    Rasha Mohamed

    June 20, 2015 at 3:52 AM

    Thank you for writing about Gaza, and for all the people that followed the news of the attack in 2014! It’s now 1 year later and I’m afraid a lot of people have forgotten the situation in Gaza is still dire – it’s understandable, as many things have happened in the world – including natural tragedies like the earthquake in Nepal. But I’m working at a NGO in Palestine (West Bank) and am reminded of the difficulties in Gaza everyday – I don’t have face-to-face contact with my co-workers in Gaza because of the occupation but we get updates and are well aware of the challenges that they face. Why am I telling you about this? Because we have a partnership with Kiva.org which is like a crowd funding site where we upload profiles of some of our borrowers so that people around the world can loan small amounts to them. I want to share this website with you because I think it’s a great way that people all around the world can maintain a connection to Palestine, and not forget our brothers and sisters celebrating Ramadan under most difficult circumstances!! Ramadan Kareem to all! http://www.kiva.org/lend?partner_id=80

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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.

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Editor’s Choice: Top 10 Articles Of 2019

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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.

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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?

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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:

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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

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 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:

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