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Should Muslims be visiting Al-Quds?

Our extended family’s plan for a destination reunion over the summer holidays hit a snag earlier this year when Al Quds (Jerusalem) got included in the itinerary, with some yearning to visit the sacred city while others (that would be me) refusing to do so while the city is under …

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Who is an American?

Who is an American and who is not, that is the Question. What does it mean to be an American and how does it sound to be an American.  This question begs itself after an Iranian-American fashion blogger, Hoda Katebi, who was in an interview by Chicago’s WGN News morning …

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Why Remember the Master of Martyrs?

One of the great obstacles in man’s reaching perfection is the unquestioned acceptance of traditions passed down through generations. The Qur’ān severely rebukes those who follow the ways of their predecessors and societies blindly. A human being who does not independently reason invites the wrath of the Lord of Existence …

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Listening: The key to life

‘Only those who listen will respond [to you]. As for the dead, Allāh will resurrect them, then they will be brought back to Him’ (6:36) The verse points out two categories of people. Those who listen and respond are placed in opposition to those who are dead, the implication being …

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A stepping-stone to Islamic activism

‘Then did you think that We created you without use and that to Us you would not return?’ (Qur’an 23:115) Allah (swt) created humanity and did not leave them to wonder on the face of this Earth aimlessly. Instead, Allah has constantly sent Messengers and Prophets to guide humanity. These …

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Sheikh Nimr, the Free Man

The first time I saw him speaking was on a video posted on Youtube in early 2012. Defiant in his words, firm in his stance. A man in Saudi Arabia, an Islamic scholar, was speaking up against the corruption of the monarchy and government knowing full well he was putting …

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Following the Example of Shaykh al-Nimr

  First was the execution of Shaykh al-Nimr. Then, there was shock. Then anger. While much of the world was still hungover from holiday spirit, the Saudi regime took a man whose lean frame and piercing gaze symbolised the stoic determination of its oppressed Shi’a minority, and they butchered him …

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Palestine: A Modern Day Karbala

We have heard it before, from one angle or another, why should Shia help the Palestinians? I don’t know. Why should any human help someone who has had their house stolen, their father killed, their brother tortured to death in prison, their sister humiliated and their mother punched and slapped …

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