January 6, 2019

So a disclaimer: I don’t claim to be a marriage or relationship expert, but this is based on experience and observations. Hope it helps those singe Muslim folks out there! I’m open for a discussion based on the below and open to learning. With that said, let’s begin!  A lot of folks who’re single may find it frustrating to find “The One.” Numerous attempts to get to know someone for the sake of marriage may have ended in failure, heartbreak,… Read more

October 19, 2018

So I recently read an article entitled It’s Time to Boycott Saudi Arabia. In it the author proposes Muslims boycott Hajj and Umrah.The below is the core of the text of the blog post: “It is time to boycott Saudi Arabia. Stop visiting the country for umrah (optional pilgrimage) and hajj (obligatory pilgrimage). Such a call is indeed draconian and may even sound like contravening fundamental religious obligations. But the Quranic ideal of justice commands Muslims to take a stand, even at great… Read more

October 19, 2018

  In recent times we’ve seen unfortunate stories of major religious figures in our community accused of heinous crimes of spiritual, sexual, mental and psychological abuse. This isn’t to say this is something we should think our community is immune to, but it’s to say that we too as a community have inner demons we need to cleanse. As someone who is a community builder and organizational strategist I observe these phenomena through the lens of community and organizational efficiency…. Read more

October 9, 2017

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

October 1, 2017

“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

September 14, 2017

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

September 12, 2017

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

August 18, 2017

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

July 20, 2017

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

July 18, 2017

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

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