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What It’s Like To Attend America’s First Accredited Muslim College

Posted by Jack Jenkins on Nov 17, 2016 12:45:53 PM

*This article first appeared on on April 18, 2016. 

Professor Mahan Mirza looks out over his classroom, pausing from his lecture to gaze at the row of attentive faces stretched befor him. The class is Freshman Rhetoric, and the students have just finished discussing the merits of a speech by president Ronald Reagan. Time is up, and people are already softly packing away their notebooks into book bags, barely listening as the professor ticks off the homework assignment for the next session — another speech, this time by Ted Kennedy.

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Topics: Fiqh, Muslim, General, Islamophobia, trump, Education

On the Passing of My Mother, Elizabeth George Hanson

Posted by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Aug 10, 2016 6:37:20 PM

My mother, Elizabeth Anne George Hanson, died last night with her hand in mine, surrounded by her children. She was ninety-five years old; when she was born, there was an Ottoman Caliph ruling much of the Muslim world. She lived through the Great Depression, World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Civil Rights Movement, which she was actively involved in long before many others joined. My mother spent her life serving others. She never complained and was the most ethical person I have ever known. She hated bigotry, prejudice, and any form of discrimination. She spent her life fighting against injustice. Some of my earliest memories involve civil rights marches, on which she always brought along her children. She marched with Dr. King and Cesar Chavez, and even in her late eighties, she marched in San Francisco against the war in Iraq. All her life, she volunteered in various organizations and served for years on the Homeless Committee in Marin County. Even into her eighties, she volunteered teaching Mexican immigrants and farm workers how to speak, read, and write English, a language she loved and spoke beautifully.

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Topics: General

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

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

Who Are We?

Posted by Imam Zaid Shakir on Dec 15, 2015 12:05:49 AM

Who are we?

The entire world is waiting to see,
Just what this Ummah might be,
But can we tell them who we could be,
When we ourselves cannot see…
Who we are.

Are we the proverbial raisin withering in the sun?
Are we the stinking sore,
Festering, waiting to run?
Are we unto the world a sagging, heavy load,
Are we the suicide bomber,
Ready to explode?

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Topics: General, who are we, poem about muslims, muslim identity, identity of muslims

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