A Diamond’s Light – Reflections on the Teachings of Usama Canon

As our beloved teacher Usama Canon navigates through his recent diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, it’s important to hold onto hope and gratitude and draw from his teachings on Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. Read more

Dialing Down the Mental Noise

We don’t want to turn it completely off because some of it can be constructive and positive, two ingredients for self-growth. It’s the debilitating noise, the voices that cause us to miss opportunities. These need to go. Read more

How Do You Recognize a Spiritual Abuser?

Spiritual abusers destroy a believer’s ability for discernment, leading them to spend a life time searching for guidance like a blind man in need of a guide dog. Read more

Nouman Ali Khan Shows Us that We Need More Women Religious Leaders

There is an urgent need for Muslim women religious leaders, speakers, preachers, mentors and organizational decision makers. When vulnerable young women can reach out to fellow women as shaykhas, mentors and leaders, they can be better protected from the wiles and the sexts of the latest buff young hafiz on the lecture circuit, who has only one part of the Yusuf story on his mind. Read more

The Pain in Our Joy – On Blackness, Ashura, and Remembering

For years, I didn’t know where to stand on Muharram and Ashura. But then my Blackness showed me the way. Read more

On Accidental Brilliance and Leaving My Silo

He was from the right, and he probably voted for Trump! What do I do? This changed the dynamic of the whole relationship. I was accidentally brilliant in my decision to meet him. Read more

5 Ways to Get Through Disappointment

Henry David Thoreau said, “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” Here are five ways to help us all get through our disappointments in life. Read more

In Defense of Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and the Personal Reform of Traditional Islam

Who is Hamza Yusuf and why is he causing such a stir in the Muslim community? Read more

My September 11 Muslim Story

It has now been sixteen years since the 9/11 attacks, and as a Muslim American, each year I mourn the endless amount of violence that my communities have experienced not just at the hands of the state, but from society at large. Read more

Spiritual but Not Religious Should Be a Phase in Life, Not a Way of Life

Do you identify as spiritual but not religious? If so, you are certainly not alone. Read more

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