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Hajj at Home: Kindling the Spirit of Arafah

Even if we are not on Hajj this year, our situation is no different. We navigate through the complexities of our daily life, immersed in the never-ending responsibilities of work and family, inundated with the intrusions of technology and social media into every minute of our lives, moving from place to place and idea to idea.

20 December 2017

After Rabiul Awwal: The Springtime of Our Hearts

Even as the celebrations of the Month of First Spring, Rabiul Awwal, inevitably pass, Allah has ensured that his ﷺ merciful-love will forever remain. For there is no end to the first spring. After Rabiul Awwal comes Rabiul Thani — the second spring. The first spring is his ﷺ birth into this world; the second is his birth into your heart.

13 December 2017

The Secret of the Salat Ibrahimiyya

We say the Salat Ibrahimiyya every day in prayer, but do we know what immense blessings and mercy it contains for us, the Ummah of the Best of Creation ﷺ?

6 December 2017

Celebrating Mercy as a Life Principle

Mercy is a guiding principle that Muslims should celebrate and seek to embody inside the month of Rabi’ al-Awwal, the month of the birth of our Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him and his family), as well as in the other months of the Islamic calendar.

27 November 2017

Wisdom from the Sages for Raising Those of Little Ages

The popular Arabic expression says, “Knowledge in childhood is like engraving on to stone” and if we want our children to remain strong and steadfast in faith amidst the currents and tides of life, we must engrave the best of teachings on their hearts.

20 November 2017

‘Interracial’ Marriage in the Prophetic Era

The love of the Prophet ﷺ and his tradition should be enough for our community to at least break the taboo of interracial marriages among certain pockets of American Muslims.

14 November 2017

The Presumption of Innocence When Too Many Victims Go Unheard

Recent reports of sexual misconduct and assault have intensified an already profound ethical, legal and media crisis in US society, one in which Muslims now also find themselves. Like all great dilemmas, it is one in which we are faced with what seem to be two equally valid but seemingly irreconcilable concerns. On the one hand, we have the fundamental premise of the presumption of innocence and the essential guarantee of due process. On the other, we have the demonstrable failings of the very system that provides that due process.

8 November 2017

Hamrā’ al-Asad: Three Ways to Face Defeat

This little known event gives us a glimpse into the leadership of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. He reaches forward to us today with lessons of the power of shared experience, the import of women in community, and the power of a show of strength.

1 November 2017

When Our Teens Question the Deen

What can you do if you feel your teen’s faith is slipping? Bring the beauty of the deen to life for them.

10 October 2017

Moving Hearts Toward the Beloved Community

We want to be a beloved community in the eyes of American society, and that is an important and legitimate struggle, but our first priority, and sole concern really, is to be beloved in God’s eyes.

1 October 2017

Zaynab: The Tree That Rose

Zaynab the daughter of Fatiimah, shines out as a paragon of speaking truth to power in the aftermath of the tragic events of Karbala. Our Prophet and her grandfather advised us that the best form of struggle was "a word of truth in front of a tyrannical ruler".

29 September 2017

Protect This House: Hasan, Husain & the Merits of Ahl-ul-Bayt - Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui

Even though the Qur’an itself honors them, in an age of sectarianism, Muslims who seek to mention the Prophetic Household are accused of either deviancy or discord. As the gap between polarizing opposites widens, restoring the rightful place of Ahl-ul-Bayt in our discourse is the first step to help mediate these divisions. Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui contemplates on the spiritual path they took, and how it helps guide us to the most beautiful path of conduct.

27 September 2017

Honor in Veneration of Sayyidah Fatimah

Sayyidah Fatimah indeed is the most virtuous woman of the Ummah, it behooves Muslims to learn her characteristics and biography and to venerate her. Her illuminated personality should be loved as a sign of loving the one who loved her the most, the Prophet ﷺ.