Typically when we think of leadership of the Muslim community we may think first of an imam or religious scholar in charge of a  community, however there are different types of leaders in our community and pseudo-leaders as well. It’s important for us as a community to truly understand what leadership is and who our leaders are in our community and more importantly make important distinctions between pseudo-leaders and legitimate leaders. Leadership in Islam First, let’s discuss what it means… Read more

“God is with the broken-hearted. When your heart breaks, it’s a good thing – the breaking of the heart is what opens it up to the light of Allah. The dunya is designed to break your heart, to crush it.” -Shaykh Hamza Yusuf We’ve all been there. Heartbreak can be a crippling emotional, mental, psychological and spiritual storm. These storms can come in many forms from losing a loved one, losing your job, losing wealth, losing health, betrayal by a… Read more

When we typically think of establishing a Muslim community in any city we often think of the brick and mortar part of building a masjid. We raise thousands and in some cases millions of dollars to build elaborate structures and spaces for prayer for our community. However, if we truly look at a majority of the masjids the most the masjid is filled up in is during Friday daily prayers or Ramadan. Daily prayers typically in most masjids have at… Read more

Recently Hurricane Irma devastated numerous islands in the Carribbean and Florida. We learned that it was the largest in US history with the hurricane being a Category 5 hurricane. While many Floridians may be used to the hurricanes this hurricane gave me time to reflect upon the signs of Allah and what He teaches us in every experience be it good and bad. As I tell my friends and family who are going through personal difficulties: we need to all… Read more

We recently saw the recent news about Charlottesville events where the ugliest part of America showed itself to the world. Hundreds of white supremacists, neo-nazis and bigots rallied to protest what they saw as an erasure of their “heritage” and a threat to their existence as White Americans. While the images and videos from that event broke our hearts and shocked us we must as Muslims look within and look at the reality of our community when it comes to… Read more

It was April 19, 2004 at about 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. when I got a knock on the door from my mom and she explained to me that my childhood friend had died. At the moment I didn’t realize the shock and went back to sleep with the little time I had before school (I was a sophomore in high school). When I woke up for breakfast I asked my mom if what she said was real or not… Read more

We’ve all heard the phrase “Boys will be boys” when a boy does or says something immature or silly. However, there comes a point when a boy becomes a man. However, having the characteristics and physical traits that a man has doesn’t make one a man it makes one a male. We need to make a distinction between men and boys. A guy can be well into his mid-20s, 30s, 40s or even 50s and still be a boy. This… Read more

This past Ramadan I observed a couple of unfortunate ugly traits in our community. One of which is a strong judgmental, unempathetic, critical mindset where we seek out the faults of our fellow brothers and sisters. This is particularly problematic when it comes to social media. It’s too easy to hop on social media platforms and put each other on blast publicly. Very rarely thinking about the impact of our words and the extent of damage and harm we are… Read more

We live in interesting times. The world at times seems to be spinning way too fast and we can often become overwhelmed with the issues, challenge, problems and injustices that are facing our world. Some of us have taken a stance to do something about the issues we see facing the world.Some of us make the mistake by trying to address every injustice, issue, and challenge that our world is facing. This not only renders us ineffective, but hurts us… Read more

Ramadan we’ve been told is a time of Quran and a time of reconnecting with Allah, but the question is how? Is it simply going to taraweeh prayers and not understanding what’s being recited or is it reading as much Quran as you can? A lot of folks make “Ramadan resolutions” and goals, but often fall flat post-Ramadan. However, in my personal experience it’s been the small things, but consistent things that have allowed me to have a much more… Read more

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