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Shaykh Seraj Hendricks: Obituary

An internationally recognised Islamic scholar, who saw spirituality, justice, and knowledge as integral to an authentic religious existence. Shaykh Seraj Hendricks, who passed away on the 9th of July 2020 at the age of 64, was a scholar of international repute, able to communicate and engage on the level of state leaders, religious scholars and the broader public.

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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.

18 November 2019

Taking the Prophet as Your Spiritual Guide: Celebrating and Passing into the Prophetic Reality

Indifference to the celebration of the Prophet ﷺ denies the community the opportunity to unite upon his character and spirituality, in the face of so much pressure to move away from him. What are the tried and true methods to bring the Prophet ﷺ into our daily lives?

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 September 2019

Ahl al-Bayt: A Source of Resistance and Rejection of Political Quietism

Whether by teaching the unadulterated sacred law and spiritually based ethics or due to challenging unjust policies, Ahl al-Bayt embodied the merging of scholarship and principled action.

31 July 2019

Sayyidah Nafisah: The Saintly Lady of Egypt

Often underdiscussed among Muslim circles in the West are the righteous and scholarly women among the pious early Muslims. Out of the many other stellar women from early Islamic history worthy of mention, Sayyidah Nafisah (may Allah be pleased with her), already adored by millions of Egypt, was a shining star that should be known by all.

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).

12 May 2019

How Should Rationalists Deal With Dogmatism?: The Case of the Birmingham Quran Pages

The Quran does not bear traces of any significant alternation over time, and the latest studies by Western scholars have made it clear that, barring some new, astounding discovery, the Muslim version of how and when the Quran was written should be accepted

1 May 2019

Bishr bin Harith: A Sinner Turned Saint

The story of Bishr bin Harith teaches us that we should never look at ourselves as lost cause, and seize the opportunity to run to the door of repentance.

15 April 2019

In the Shade of the Fig Tree

While we may long for an opportunity to purify the soul through a removal of the self from its current existence, in reality we are given the opportunity for purification of the heart over and over again throughout our daily life.

27 March 2019

Why We Must Recapture Scholarly Discourse from Extreme Bloggers

One cannot deny the move towards rhetoric and practice in the Western Muslim community that is more liberal, reformist, and progressive, but the extreme position some have taken in response to it is not only harmful, ineffective, and unwise, but decidedly un-Islamic.