Faith & Spirituality

14 June 2020

An Answer to ‘Should Muslims Support Black Lives Matter?’

Protests have swept across the streets of America regarding the need for new policing measures after the brutal murder of George Floyd by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department. Indeed, the cries of Americans of varying racial and ethnic backgrounds reside in the reality that Floyd is but one of countless Black people who have been killed while unarmed by law enforcement.

22 April 2020

Ten Tombstones of Ramadans Past

Has fasting [fill in number] Ramaḍāns in my life changed me? If not, why? The answers to these twin questions are my most important pre-Ramaḍān preparation.

23 March 2020

The Ailment's Elixir

Is the coronavirus, in its deeper spiritual reality, a reflection of all we have crowned in our lives apart from Him? Is it not a message from Him to me? Is He not constricting through it every passageway, except the pathway to Him? If I cannot reach the Divine’s door now, in this trial, then when?

18 December 2019

Chivalry as a Basis of Muslim Manhood

With so many secular based frames from the Right and the Left about what does and does not constitute a healthy expression of manhood, it is important for Muslims in the West to be grounded in the Islamic tradition about what constitutes healthy manhood while not taking others’ entire paradigms as our own.

26 November 2019

Transformational Teaching: Prophet Muhammad as a Teacher and Murabbī (Part 2)

Dr. Zainab Alwani discusses the transformative role of Prophet Muhammad as a murabbī, and presents the Prophet’s mission as a roadmap, a model that envisions a holistic relationship between the Qur’an and the Sunna as its final goal.

25 November 2019

Transformational Teaching: Prophet Muhammad as a Teacher and Murabbī

Dr. Zainab Alwani discusses the transformative role of Prophet Muhammad as a murabbī, and presents the Prophet’s mission as a roadmap, a model that envisions a holistic relationship between the Qur’an and the Sunna as its final goal.

19 September 2019

10 Points of Counsel for Students of Sacred Learning

“Sacred knowledge will not give itself to you until you give all of yourself to it.”

4 June 2019

Eid Al-Fitr: A Grateful Parting of Such Sweet Sorrow

The joy of breaking of the daily fast (iftar) is aligned to the joy of breaking and parting with the fasting month of Ramadan through the Eid (Al-Fitr). This joy is found to be the very peace of our inherent, God-given nature (fitra).

21 March 2019

Living and Dying on a Prayer: How Jumu’ah Orients Us to the Next Life

In the wake of last Friday’s tragedy in New Zealand, we may find ourselves consumed by the images and the reporting, which then gives way to fears of future copycat attacks or reprisals. It is in such moments that each of us should look deeply at the significance of Jumu'ah and our central rites and traditions, as a way to connect us to the enduring reality of God.

22 February 2019

Spiritual Commentary on the Burdah: Part 6 - Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui

The aspirant realizes that he cannot tame his nafs by himself. We must tame the horse of our nafs/self by holding onto its reins.

5 November 2018

The One With Two Coarse Cloths – The Martyr of Tabuk

It is not only the famous Companions who are gifted an elevated status. There were many hidden ones, some whose stories have come to us, and some, undoubtedly, whom we will never know. And, to this day there are people amongst us who are beloved to God but who live in obscurity.

10 October 2018

How Self-Reliance Fosters Spiritual Contentment

When we become more self-sufficient and rely solely on God, the natural consequences are that we free ourselves from needing other people, which means we have less expectations of them and thus suffer fewer disappointments.