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Islamophobia and Women’s Hijab in Public Spaces

Posted by Dr. Hatem Bazian on Aug 9, 2016 1:20:23 PM

Take the case of seven Muslim women in Hijab in Southern California that were escorted out of a restaurant by police officers for supposedly over-staying the 45-minute limit in the eatery. The seven Muslim women are suing Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach because of this action since they felt targeted due to a number of them wearing the headscarf. Supposedly, the manager was expecting a busy evening and asked the group to leave despite the place having a number of empty tables and no observable mad rush for pizza was underway.

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Topics: Muslim, Islam, hijab

Revisiting Al-Ghazali: Revelation and Reason

Posted by Dr. Hatem Bazian on Aug 9, 2016 1:37:03 AM

On March 4-5, 2016, Zaytuna College hosted the Revisiting Al-Ghazali: Reason and Revelation Conference , which examined the work and contribution of one of the most influential scholars in Islamic history. Research papers and discussions revolved around a number of issues in Al-Ghazali’s works with an eye toward understanding and appreciating the unique approach present in his intellectual contribution and the reconciliation between reason and revelation.  In the contemporary period and among Muslims, Al-Ghazali is often approached in debates concerning Sufism but his influence and contribution in Islamic law and jurisprudence is as critical and more impactful at his time as it is in the present period . Critically, Al-Ghazali is maliciously blamed for a supposed antagonism toward reason and free inquiry in Islamic tradition , an idea that was debunked by a number of scholars at the conference.

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Topics: Islam, al-Ghazali, Muslim Scholars, al-Ghazali conference, Islamic History

Lessons From The Life of Prophet Moses, عليه السلام, Parts 1 - 5

Posted by Ustadh Ali Ataie on Aug 9, 2016 1:32:38 AM

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Topics: Islam, General, prophets, Moses, Lessons from prophets, Lessons from Moses

The Future of Islam

Posted by Imam Khalid Latif on Aug 9, 2016 1:21:17 AM

I live in New York city, the borough of Manhattan to be precise.

My religion mandates that I pray during 5 separate windows of time every day. Those times are determined based off of a cyclical pattern of the sun.

I was once eating dinner at a restaurant in Times Square when one of the prayer times came in that had a uniquely short amount of time to be performed in given the time of year it was and how short the days were. I excused myself from dinner, letting my friends know I needed to pray, and did my best to find a quiet place where I could for a few moments in the busiest and loudest part of New York City recenter and reflect. I was lucky enough to find a somewhat empty place outside of the restaurant and so I started to pray there on the sidewalk. Immediately after I started a tour bus filled with people pulled up in front of me and emptied itself to my prostrating with M&M World behind me. As I stared at the ground more intently than I’ve ever before, I felt their stares on me and a growing discomfort inside of me.

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Topics: Muslim, Islam, Islamophobia, Future of Islam

When Evil Fails and Goodness Prevails: Regarding the Recent Coup Attempt in Turkey

Posted by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Aug 8, 2016 12:32:04 AM

The world is, and has always been, a dystopia. There is no such thing as a perfect or flawless government, and any doctrine or ideology that entices people with the promise of a paradise on earth is flawed and demonic; the Devil tempted Adam with a “Dominion that would never end.” Democracies, liberal or otherwise, are profoundly imperfect systems. Monarchies are also flawed in many ways, but kings are far less susceptible to corruption, given their vast wealth, than elected leaders who often emerge from the petty bourgeois, with natural predilections to social status and ladder-climbing that invites corruption. Despite that, historically, many anti-monarchical movements were motivated by the decadence of monarchs out of touch with the people and ruling the moribund and collapsing empires of Europe and the East. Many of these rebels were well-intentioned people but became pawns in the hands of others with more nefarious schemes. The Ottomans were one of the great empires brought down by fifth columns from within that were often working in tandem with Western powers.

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Topics: Turkey Coup Attempt, Military Coup in Turkey, President Erdoğan

Translating Sacred Knowledge Into Practical Communal Engagement: Spirituality And The Power of Service

Posted by Imam Khalid Latif on Jul 27, 2016 6:28:23 PM

Imam Khalif Latif At Zaytuna College

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Topics: Islamic Center, Imam Khalid Latif, NYU, NYU Islamic Center

Seeking Refuge in Allah

Posted by Imam Zaid Shakir on Jul 22, 2016 9:54:29 AM

In a five-part video series, "Seeking Refuge in Allah,” Imam Zaid takes a deep dive into the meanings of a comprehensive prophetic prayer:

.اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْهَمِّ وَالْحُزْنِ وَالْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ وَالْبُخْلِ وَالْجُبْنِ وَضَلَعِ الدَّيْنِ وَغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ 

"O Allah! I seek your protection from sorrow and grief, and I seek your  protection from incapacity and sloth, and I seek your protection from cowardice and avarice, and I seek your protection from the stress of debts and the tyranny of men."  

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Topics: Ramadan, Refuge in Allah, Seeking refuge, refuge in religion

Fitna Will Come and Go, Knowledge Stays

Posted by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Jul 20, 2016 11:26:52 AM

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf emphasizes the importance of seeking sacred knowledge, even in times of fitna (tribulation), citing examples of great scholars like Shaykh Abdul-Wahid Ibn ‘Ashir and Mawlana Rumi, who lived through extreme times of fitna themselves.  Please watch the clip below, but also watch the full lecture and many more via

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Topics: Knowledge, Muslim Scholars, Fitna

Should We Apologize?

Posted by Imam Zaid Shakir on Jul 14, 2016 12:59:27 PM

In the aftermath of the Orlando murders many Muslims are adamant that they will not apologize for anything. This is a proper stance as our religion does not advocate collective guilt, nor collective punishment. We are informed in the Qur’an, “No bearer of burdens (a sinner) can bear the burdens of another.” No one needs say, “I am sorry” for crimes they did not commit. On the other hand, many are viewing clarifying Muslim teachings, attempting to manage popular perceptions, or condemning criminal actions as unacceptable “apologizing.” Such a view is misguided.

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Topics: Muslim, Islam, orlando, apolgies, terrorism

The War Within Our Hearts

Posted by Imam Zaid Shakir on Jul 12, 2016 2:52:22 PM

Verily, they were youth who believed in their Lord and we increased them in guidance. And we strengthened their hearts when they took a stand, saying: “Our Lord is the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth; we will never call on any God besides Him. Were we to do so we would have uttered a grave enormity”. (Qur’an 18:13-14)

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Topics: Muslim, Islam, technology, war within hearts, the war within our hearts, muslim literature, the war within our hears

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