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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.

27 September 2017

Muharram: A Month of Resisting Oppression

The first ten days of Muharram should be used to draw closer to what is pleasing to Allah, renew our consciousness towards obeying Him and to avoid being agents of oppression.

25 September 2017

The 40 American Hadith: Approaching the Qur'an

Imam Ali said, “Study the Qur’an for it is the best of speech. Teach it to others for it is like the springtime of hearts.” We are in need of a return to a simpler way of approaching the Qur’an: by actually reading it.

22 September 2017

A New Hijri Year, A New Beginning

A new Hijrah year is a new beginning, a time to start fresh. Our predecessors, in choosing it as the beginning of the Islamic calendar, recognized it not only marked a new civilization, but a new realm of human possibility, where the soul is liberated, and society is freed from injustice and corruption. That can only begin until we accept that who we are now is not the way we want to be. Though that sounds simple, the reality is that while we might wish to be a better person, we still remain fundamentally satisfied with our flaws because it’s comfortable. We complain about the status quo, but we are scared to go through the difficult process of changing it. So we tolerate our condition, and blame our spiritual inertia on busy schedules, social pressures and our own fear.

18 September 2017

Reflections on My Recent Hajj and Ziyarah to al-Madinah

For every pilgrim, going to Hajj and making visitation to al-Madinah al-Munawwarah are both communal experiences as well as deeply personal. Though this year was not my first pilgrimage, it contained a set of different experiences and lessons for myself yet had the familiar. I’d like to share a few aspects of my journey with you with the hope that these can bring some benefit beyond my personal self.

6 September 2017

Confessions of a Shaikh’s Wife Part 3: What Marriage Means

I’ll be honest: being happily married in this day and age comes with difficult hurdles and challenges for everyone, but being married to a shaikh or daee often compounds them.

23 August 2017

Addressing Superiority Complexes & Racial Bias Prophetically

Unprecedented for the time and place, the Prophet ﷺ dismantled caste systems and divisions of ethnic and class superiority, going beyond simple toleration. He ﷺ brought together communities of every background.

8 August 2017

A Year Without a Smartphone

Being without a smartphone was about so much more than detaching from the nafsee-self — it was a call for reattaching to the heart.

26 July 2017

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq on al-Futuwwa

There is a saying in post-modern America that “chivalry isn’t dead” which is an acknowledgment that though there is an understanding that traditional moral codes and rites of passage have waned, they are not yet extinct. With that said, Islamic civilization has always held chivalry to be praiseworthy going back to the Pious Predecessors until today.

17 July 2017

The Call-Out Culture: An Islamic Perspective

At the level of society overall, Calling-Out has proven extremely valuable, but there is an epiphenomenon of Call-Out Culture which is the problem of accurately verifying what is being called-out. The rigorous verification of claims made or information passed along has always been a hallmark of the Islamic tradition.

12 July 2017

Reimagining Islamic Finance

Islamic finance is no more than a representation of the Muslim condition, in its positives and negatives. Its most significant challenge is a spiritual and ethical one. Islamic spirituality, in its norms as well as its practices, establishes a methodological framework and impetus to establish businesses and markets that support sustainability and social and environmental well-being.

10 July 2017

Slipping Towards God: Reflections on Sin, Guilt, Shame & Repentance

A central, yet oft-neglected spiritual principle is that even in one’s mistakes, there is a path to divine compassion and providence. That late fajr prayer in a state of humility could be better than a lifetime of good deeds.

18 June 2017

Forgotten Fathers

In the process of extolling the virtues of mothers, we sometimes neglect to give credence to an equally important member of the parenting duo: Fathers.