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Confronting Fear and Taking Stock of Islamophobia in the US

Posted by Dr. Hatem Bazian on Jul 12, 2016 2:48:58 PM

The Islamophobia network operatives have been able to infect every aspect of society and their footprints are present in the media, political circles, education and law enforcement training.

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Topics: politics, Islamophobia, trump, how to confront islamophobia, how to confront fear

The Plague Within

Posted by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Jul 5, 2016 3:56:18 PM

According to a good hadith related by Ahmad and al-Tabarani, the Messenger of God, may God’s peace and blessings be upon him, said, “You will never believe until you show mercy to one another.”
“All of us are merciful, O Messenger of God!” his companions responded.
The Prophet, God’s peace and blessings upon him, explained, “I’m not talking about one of you showing mercy to his friend; I’m talking about universal mercy—mercy towards everyone.”
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Ramadan

Posted by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Jun 29, 2016 12:39:02 PM

The month of Ramadan is a special time for purifying oneself, the greatest opportunity to implement the discussions and cures with regard to the heart. In fact, this is the purpose, blessing, and secret of the month. It is a remarkable event when the new moon of Ramadan is sighted, when eyes aim toward the horizon shortly after sunset and wait until suddenly a small sliver appears. Qadi Abu Bakr ibn al-Arabi said in his commentary that the secret of Muslims following a lunar calendar as opposed to a solar calendar is that the sun is used for worldly benefits while the moon is used for other-worldly benefits. Witnessing the new moon is seeing emergence, as it is known in philosophy. The crescent suddenly emerges in the sky seemingly out of nothing. The reason the moon is not visible at first is because the sunlight is too strong. But as sunset progresses, the light diminishes on the horizon and the sunlight against the crescent itself becomes distinguished from the surrounding crimson sky. So what we actually see of the moon is the sun’s light reflected against the lunar sliver. In fact, anything that we see in creation is due to reflected light. And all light comes from God. Witnessing the birth of the new moon is pregnant with metaphor. The word hilal (crescent) is closely related to an Arabic word that refers to birth (istihlal). So what we see is actually the birth of reflected light.

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Topics: Muslim, Islam, Ramadan, Fasting, how to prepare for fasting, tips for fasting

Fasting for Self-Mastery

Posted by Abdullah bin Hamid Ali on Jun 24, 2016 5:51:19 PM

 

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Topics: Ramadan, Fasting, Self mastery and fasting, Self mastery

All Things Zakat: From Stocks to Livestock

Posted by Tahir Anwar on Jun 23, 2016 2:41:40 PM

Zaytuna College faculty member, Imam Tahir Anwar reviews the principles and rules associated with paying zakat.

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Topics: Fiqh, Education, donation, Zakat

STRESSED OUT: The Struggle for Success

Posted by Dr. Rania Awaad on Jun 17, 2016 9:46:59 AM

Dr. Rania Awaad guides us through stress reduction strategies and techniques that can help us benefit from the blessings of Ramadan. Reducing stress in our lives can put our minds and bodies in a better state, God willing, to take advantage of the manifold spiritual opportunities this month offers.
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Topics: General, Ramadan, Mental Health, holy month of ramadan, female muslim scholars, zen, stress, reducing stress in ramadan

A Joint Muslim Statement on the Carnage in Orlando

Posted by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Jun 16, 2016 12:51:30 PM

“We, as American Muslims, follow the openhearted and inclusive Islam of Muhammad Ali and completely reject the hatred, provincialism, and intolerance of those who trample upon the rights of others, besmirching and defiling the name of Islam.”

On June 13, 2016, Muslim leaders across North America signed the Orlando Statement. Signatories include Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, and many others.

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Topics: Muslim, Islam, orlando, orlando shooting, terrorism

Taking Up Ali's Torch

Posted by Imam Zaid Shakir on Jun 16, 2016 12:47:03 PM

Physically, the last phase of Muhammad Ali’s life was very difficult. The ravages of Parkinson’s Disease had robbed him of his health, vigor and voice. Spiritually, however, Ali was only strengthened as he approached the end of his earthly tenure. His illness could not steal his generous heart and noble spirit. Despite that, his departure was painful and represents a great loss.

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Topics: Muslim Community, Muslim, Islam, Ramadan, Ali, Peaceful Protest, Muhammad Ali, Ethics, Love

Ramadan and Purification

Posted by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Jun 6, 2016 4:12:26 PM

Hunger can bring out the worst in us. In a wonderful scene in Shakespeare's As You Like It, a desperate and hungry Orlando comes upon Duke Senior and his exiled court in the forest, who are about to start dinner. Assuming the law of the jungle presides in Arden, Orlando brandishes his sword and demands food upon pain of death. Duke Senior rebukes him for his lack of civility, and wisely adds: "Your gentleness shall force, more than your force move us to gentleness." Orlando responds: "I almost die for food, and let me have it." Unfazed, the duke says: "Sit down and feed, and welcome to our table." Orlando is shamed by the duke's gallantry and explains that hunger had bred violence in him.

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Topics: Islam, Fasting, purification, holy month of ramadan, muslims in america, purification in ramadan, muslims

Lessons From The Life of Prophet Muhammad, ﷺ, Parts 1 - 2

Posted by Shaykh Faraz Khan on May 23, 2016 3:25:58 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Topics: Fiqh, Islam, prophets, lessons from Muhammad, Learning from Muhammad, Muhammad's life

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