Boko Haram’s Deluded Understanding of Faith and Women

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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...]

Brandeis Chooses Not to Tolerate Intolerance

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By Obaid H. Siddiqui Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a polemic figure. Her atheist supporters laud her as a fierce and much needed critic of Islam. Her Muslim opponents see her as a blasphemous apostate, some of whom have heaved very real death threats upon her. Brandeis University, which planned to award Ali with an honorary [Read More...]

Dear All Muslims – An Open Letter about Gender-Based Violence, Rape Culture and Community Priorities

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By Samar Kaukab Ahmed Dear Absolutely Everyone in the Muslim Community: What does it take for our scholars, thought leaders, and community shepherds to understand that gender-based violence is a form of institutionalized oppression – one that belongs on the list of every Imam’s duas at the end of every communal prayer? How long does [Read More...]

Rethinking Charity with Imam Khalid Latif

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By Hasan Gilani Imam Khalid Latif of the Islamic Center at NYU recently spoke at the Rad Talks conference about the need to rethink charity. A woman fled from an abusive relationship and sought help from Imam Khalid. When he handed her several thousand dollars in charity, she handed it back to him. Having never lived [Read More...]

The Case for Political Correctness and Against the Jahiliyyah Inside All of Us

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By Zainab Khan Today’s world is a politically correct (PC) world. In order to be socially “accepted,” we choose our words based on what the “Politically Correct” have decided is acceptable for us to say. Unfortunately, many people have come out against being politically correct in a defense of not “overthinking” words.  Words are just [Read More...]

Celebrating Prophet Muhammad (saw) – The Best of Muhsins

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There is no one in creation more worthy an example of this Quranic verse, “Indeed Allah loves those who are Muhsins – those who do beautiful things (2:195),” than Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). A Muhsin is one who is in a state of Ihsan and Ihsan is the highest spiritual state possible. It is the farthest [Read More...]


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