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Afraid to get groceries? Ustadha Anse Tamara Gray on being a Muslim woman in today’s turbulent climate

Each time a high profile act of violence is committed by a Muslim or in the name of Islam, the fear of reprisal attacks rises acutely in Muslim communities. It has become almost par for the course, and the statistics prove the threat is real. Often, women who are visibly Muslim find themselves the primary soft target. […]

“Our hearts are with all who are suffering in California” – Shaykh Jihad Brown-Totten

What I’ve been compelled to convey to my non-Muslim family members out in Southern California: Our hearts are with all who are suffering tonight in California. We suffer with you. There is no excuse for the taking of innocent lives. Our beautiful and gentle Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is certainly turning in his […]

Can Muslims Stop The Rise of Extremism? Perhaps, If…

…We start with our own families to make sure there is a safe, non-judgmental space for everyone, all the oddities and the depressives and the questioners, so that no-one feels so isolated from their religious environment that they swing first to extremes of rebellion, drugs, gangs or suchlike, only to bounce to the opposite extreme […]

Helping our children find the light in dark times, by Hina Khan-Mukhtar

“You should probably think about what you’re gonna say to kids when you go back to school on Monday,” I told my son Shaan this weekend. He raised his eyebrows quizzically. “About Paris … and Muslims.” He suddenly looked irritated. “I’ve done the drill before. Every year of my high school life, I’ve had to deal […]

Paris Attacks: Response and Responsibility

Assalamualaikum (peace be upon you), Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem (in the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful), In the aftermath  of the tragic attacks in Paris, France where so many have died senselessly, many Muslims feel very shaken. The believer is someone who is pained by the loss of others, who is saddened in the […]

Khawarij Ideology, ISIS Savagery

“As ISIS continues its murder and violence across the provinces it controls and seeks to control, and as it continues to plague the conscience of the great majority of Muslims around the world, what’s worth recalling is that we’ve seen this before in history with the sect called the Khawarij (anglicised to Kharijites). So before tackling ISIS, let’s look at their forerunners; […]

ISIS, Sex Slaves and Islam – reflections from Imam Zaid Shakir

As-Salaamu Alaikum, Today’s New York Times’ (NYT) article highlighting ISIS’ sexual enslavement of Yazidi women has cast a critical light on the issue of slavery and Islam. The ensuing implications should concern all Muslims. This is so owing to the fact that ISIS presents its practices as normative Islam and accuses the masses of Muslims […]

Clarity Amidst Turmoil – A Response to the Paris Shootings by Shaykh Walead Mosaad

Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, many Muslims around the globe have been left angered with a small group of people for hijacking their religion (killing others in the name of their religion). Muslims have also felt anger towards the cartoonists for publishing unnecessary degrading photos of the Final Messenger (peace be upon him) when […]

Do You Think The Killer in Chattanooga Represents Any Of Us? – A Powerful Khutbah by Imam Khalid Latif

Imam Khalid Latif delivered a powerful khutbah on Eid Al-Fitr, shortly after the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee in which five people were killed. He calls on Muslims to be the change we want to see in the world. What is it that we want to carry forward? We mustn’t live our lives in reaction to the […]

On War & Beheadings: How ISIS Manipulates Hadiths, by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani addresses a question asked at a session in SeekersHub Toronto, “Is ISIS justified in its ritual slaughter of its enemies and its burning of prisoners and others on the basis of prophetic teachings, specifically in regards to the hadith where the Prophet (saw) is reported to have said, O Quraysh, I have come […]