Explaining the Chapel Hill shooting to children

A moving and age appropriate guide for parents struggling to explain the Chapel Hill tragedy to their children, written by California-based teacher, Hina Khan-Mukhtar: Many parents have been asking how to talk about the Chapel Hill homicides with their children. Here is what I wrote to a Facebook friend today. I am focusing on the lives of the three […]

Seeking nearness to Allah, the ultimate aim in our worldly work

“Therefore, when you wish to go to your market or do something for your livelihood, or take up a craft or become an agent (wakālah) or engage in some other vocations in order to seek the licit and to imitate the practice of Allāh’s Messenger—Allāh bless him and grant him peace—and to seek recompense (thawāb) for yourself and your dependents, […]

Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz’s advice on duas to read during pregnancy and labour

Students of Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz collected this list of recommendations some years ago, for those amongst us who are pregnant or struggling with infertility. Daily Surah Inshiqaq (Surah 84) – to be recited daily throughout the pregnancy Surah Luqman (Surah 31) – to be recited daily during the 1st trimester when the baby’s brain, mental faculties and […]

On the killing of three young American Muslims

Three young American Muslims, a husband, wife and sister, were killed in their North Carolina home today. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oun. May Allah grant Deah Barakat, 23, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21 and Razan Abu-Salha, 19, His Pardon and Mercy, and may He grant their families beautiful patience, ameen. Law enforcement authorities have charged a 46-year-old […]

Mockery by Imam Zaid Shakir

A special thank you to New Islamic Directions for this insightful article. The original article can be viewed here [What is Mockery?] Mockery: Behavior or speech that makes fun of someone or something in a hurtful way. Mockery of entire groups has effectively been criminalized in Western societies. One would think thrice before publicly mocking […]

Do Something about it!

A timely call for us to be proactive in these challenging times:- As-Salamu alaikum brothers and sisters, As you very well know, many of us have been attending conferences and forums especially in the last 14 years after 9/11 explaining and speaking about Islam and the Muslim stance in regard to many different issues but more importantly […]

Letter to the West: we just have to learn to live together – Habib Ali al-Jifri

Original article can be found here. This is a letter to the West, particularly to its thinkers, academics and opinion-makers. The publication of a new set of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in the aftermath of the Paris attacks was regrettable. For many people it demonstrated a commonality between the thought process of the attackers […]