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Dua When Breaking the Fast

The Prophet of Allah ﷺ used to read this Dua when he broke his fast. [Abu Dawood]

Love of the Prophet and His Family is Indeed my Religion

حب النبي والآل ديني ومذهبي حقا ويقيني

Love of the Prophet and His family is indeed my religion, my path, and my certainty.

Nasheed rendition by Ghuydar Bashmaf

Surah al-Qalam

Listen to a beautiful recitation of the first six verses of Surah al-Qalam recited by Imam Ali Tos.

Dua When Beginning the Fast

The Messenger of God ﷺ said: “Actions are but by intention and every man shall have but that which he intended. Thus he whose migration was for Allah and His messenger, his migration was for Allah and His messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to take some woman in marriage, his migration was for that for which he migrated.”

[Bukhari and Muslim]

لاَ يَكْثُرُ هَمُّكْ مَاقُدِّرْ يَكْونْ

Let not your worries overwhelm (you), what has been ordained will come to pass. Ilzam Baab Rabbik written by Imam Abdullah bin ‘Alawi al-haddad (May Allah be pleased with him)

Is the Qur'an Inspiration or Instruction?

Do we approach the Quran as we do quotes.com, one-line facebook posts, and tweets? Why is inspiration and instruction both important?

ARTICLES

22 June 2020

Racism’s Suffocation of the Human Spirit

I can’t breathe. George Floyd’s last words, conveying, verbatim, Eric Garner’s last words, with echoes through a long chain of souls – Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Freddie Grey, Jamar Clark, Alton Sterling, Stephon Clark and Botham Jean – is a testamentary call that should pierce every Muslim’s mind and heart.

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.

11 May 2020

Between the Coronavirus & Ramadan: On Vigilance & Building a Better Now

I pray that, as we continue to lovingly welcome and vigilantly discover the blessings inherent in Ramadan upon us, we awaken to all the moments and especially the moment that Allah has chosen to place us. A quotation from Charles Dickens, the opening to one of his novels, is worth reflecting on: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

1 May 2020

The Epidemic of Fear and the Antidote of Hope

Individually, the consequence of our fears is a more fragile mind and spiritual state, wrecked with the havoc of worries on the next paycheck, the next trip to the grocery store, and the next step to resolve this global crisis.

24 April 2020

Mothers - A Poem

When your heart aches for the masjid
When iftar and maghrib bring no rush
When your jama’a is one or five
In the place of a thousand men,

May you remember the Ramadan
of the mother of small child.

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.

PODCASTS

Ep. 66: Best Practices: Addressing Masjid Dysfunction - Yasir Fahmy

It's no secret that many Muslim institutions, while founded with good intentions, have become bastions for ego and politics, and beset by dysfunction. Should our mosques be run like businesses to fix the current malaise? Shaykh Yasir Fahmy returns to the podcast to lay down the foundational principles needed to establish a model for ethical governance in our organizations.

Ep. 65: Not Feeling It - Mohamed Ghilan

How we feel often dictates what we do. What then, when we don't "feel" the spiritual elation we expect or crave in acts of worship? Should we leave it if we don't feel it? Dr. Mohamed Ghilan returns to the podcast to discuss finding connection in a modern world that breeds disconnection and distraction.

Ep. 64: From Quantum Physics to Receiving Nur - Dr. Yamina Bougenaya

Dr. Yamina Bougenaya joins the podcast for a thoughtful discussion with insights into Islamic metaphysics, science and getting started on the spiritual path.

Ep. 63: Sinan and the Soul of Aesthetics - Ozayr Saloojee

What role do aesthetics play in spiritual spaces? Ozayr Saloojee, Professor at Carleton University in the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, discusses the mastery of the Ottoman architect Sinan and what we can learn from history as Muslims attempt to cultivate their own modern style today.

Ep. 62: Divided States: Muslims Post Trump - Salman Younas & Hassan Shibly

What's next for Muslims after the 2020 presidential elections? Impacted by the polarized political climate, divisions within the Muslim community itself deepen, with some moving further left and others further right. Where do Muslims fit in the liberal setting of a Biden presidency?

Ep. 61: Conversations on Shariah: Part 2 - Hassan Lachheb

Our conversations on Shariah continue as Shaykh Hassan Lachheb discusses the challenges for Muslims today in articulating the Shariah beyond a stale regurgitation of the classical tradition. How can the tradition be critiqued to take it to the next level consistent with the ideals of the Qur'an and Sunnah and coherent for the modern age?

PUBLICATIONS

22 April 2020
In praise of the messenger selections from Al-‘Umda fi Sharh Al-Burda

This edition presents Ibn 'Ajiba’s (1747-1809) commentaries on key poetic verses from the third chapter of Imam Al-Busiri’s (1211–1294) celebrated poem Al-Burdah.

21 April 2020
Prophetic Grace : The Qur’anic merits of the Prophet Muhammad

In these selected commentaries, the reader can begin to appreciate both the depth of divine revelation and the grace and countless merits of the Messenger (PBUH).

20 April 2020
Towards Sacred Activism

Towards Sacred Activism is an attempt at providing concise, general guidance to Muslims in the West regarding engagement in social justice activism from an Islamic perspective.

19 April 2020
The opening and other Meccan revelations: selections from Al-Bahar Al-Madid

Renowned for its unique style, Ibn Ajiba’s commentary of the Qur’an, Al-Bahr al-Madid (The Vast Ocean) combines traditional exegesis with spiritual contemplation, exploring the inner meanings of the sacred text.

18 April 2020
The Burdah: The singable translation of Busiri's classic poem in praise of the prophet

THE FIRST EVER SINGABLE TRANSLATION OF QASIDAT AL-BURDAH of Imam al-Busiri’s classic poem in praise of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

17 April 2020
Letters on the spiritual path

This is a collection of 272 letters of spiritual guidance written by the renowned Sufi teacher of 18th-century Morocco, Mulay al-Arabi al-Darqawi al-Hasani.