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...]

Brandeis Chooses Not to Tolerate Intolerance

Ayan Hirsi Ali

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...]

Confronting Racism among American Muslims

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By Imam Dawud Walid Intra-Muslim racism is an issue often swept under the rug in the American Muslim community. Some of its manifestations are overt while its varying expressions tend to be more subtle. In order for us to be the community, which Allah (swt) describes as “the best nation brought forth from humankind (Quran 3:110),” we [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...]

What Mother Mary Means to Me

The house in which Mary is purported to have lived her last years, located in  Mt. Koressos in the vicinity of Ephesus, near Selçuk in Turkey.

By Afeefa Syeed At Christmas time I hum along to the Little Drummer Boy song. I always wanted to be that drummer who gave a gift to the new born King and makes Mary smile. And I’m reminded again that the more I learn and reflect about the many manifestations of Mary, mother of Jesus, [Read More...]

The History of Ashura – Why We Should Remember

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By Safiyyah Surtee Writing about Muharram, the day of Ashura and the events of Karbala from a non-sectarian perspective is not simple, but I believe there can be reconciliation. I grew up in a home where Muharram is a time of celebration, as it marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar, as well the hijrah [Read More...]


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