Spiritual Activism: Laboring With Love

Any and all activism that is bereft of merciful love or loving mercy is not Islamic and can never be, says Shaykh Riad Saloojee. Why do Muslims, when asked whether God is love, respond with, “No. He is Merciful?” Rahmah in Arabic is not mercy. Rahmah has the meaning of merciful-love or loving-mercy. The word […]

Spiritual Activism: Penny-Wise, Pound Foolish

Wisdom is not knowing good and bad but knowing the best good and worst bad – discerning the subtle shades of benefit and welfare in both the secular and spiritual world, says Shaykh Riad Saloojee. No action of the Divine is irrational — though it might be supra-rational. Nothing that the Divine does is in […]

Spiritual Activism: Justice Now!

The discourse of activism is often framed through the lens of seeking justice. But what is justice? asks Shaykh Riad Saloojee. In our Islamic understanding, one of the Names of the Divine is the Infinitely Just, or Al ‘Adl. As we have mentioned previously, Allah possesses Names of Majesty and Rigor (jalal), which signify power, […]

Islam and Muslims in Academia – Dr Munir Jiwa

Dr. Munir Jiwa discusses the national frames through which Islam and Muslims enter discussions and debates in the public sphere and the particular ways these impact the study of Islam and Muslims in academia. He offers a critique of secular and liberal norms and how both the Euro-American left and right, inside and outside academia, […]

Spiritual Activism: Activism in the Spiritual Envelope

A social activist who wishes to produce true change must fully internalize and actualize the values inherent in the Divine Names of Allah, says Shaykh Riad Saloojee. At this point, the intersection between activism and Islamic spirituality, and therefore our paradigm of spiritual activism, should stand out in sharp relief. As a summary, we can […]

Spiritual Activism: The Activist as Vicegerent

You were created to be the viceregent of Allah in this realm. Your success in this realm and the realm to come rests on the degree to which you realize this, says Shaykh Riad Saloojee. In a very august assembly, in the presence of beings created from pure light, Allah announced that He was going […]

Deconstruction or Deen – Imam Zaid Shakir

Imam Zaid Shakir delivers a profound sermon about recent insults upon the Prophets, peace be upon them, and forces of deconstruction tearing apart families and society as a whole. Don’t Believe the Hype Imam Zaid Shakir’s speaks on the immaturity of character that leads to the breaking up of Muslim families, due to the neglect […]

Spiritual Activism: The Ethics of Virtue

Surrendering to the Divine is what makes true freedom possible. It is freedom from the material and created that is found in nearness to Allah, says Shaykh Riad Saloojee. The hallmark of the purification of the lower-self (nafs) is the freedom that the heart (qalb) will enjoy from all material and abstract created things, as […]

Spiritual Activism: Runaway Rationality

The intellect can be blinded by the passions. Only a cool and collected heart keeps the passions in check and commands the intellect to good, says Shaykh Riad Saloojee. I am not a disembodied intellect (‘aql). My intellect (‘aql) functions within the Divinely-crafted, holistic system composed of my heart (qalb), lower-self (nafs) and senses (jawarih). […]

Spiritual Activism: Identifying My Politics

To identify your politics, you must first discern the reality of your desires and impulses, aims and actions. For if your essence is a function of these things, then the underlying reality or nature of your self must be known, says Shaykh Riad Saloojee. Who I am in essence is really a function of my […]