What Should be a Muslim’s Response to Ongoing Tragedies? Not Despair

A father and son shell-shocked in Gaza

By Hesham Hassaballa It has been a rough summer. While everyone around the world was trying – as best as possible during the long and hot Ramadan — to fast and re-connect with God, ​​the horrific images from Gaza kept coming incessantly. Next door in Iraq, the “Islamic State” continued its reign of terror and bloodshed, [Read More...]

Open Letter to Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau from Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

Boko Haram leader

Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. I address you with the blessed greeting of Islam, under the assumption that you are a Muslim and taking into account your statement that you are working in the cause of Allah. It is my understanding that you have received an Islamic education, and have been accustomed to delivering [Read More...]

Boko Haram’s Deluded Understanding of Faith and Women

The author and his family in Afghanistan.

By Haris Tarin It was 1984.  The Russians had invaded Afghanistan, and the country was in the midst of a brutal war that destroyed cities, pillaged villages, killed hundreds of thousands of people and ruined millions of lives. My parents’ only concern was to get their six children out of the country so we could [Read More...]


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