Opinion

Prayer Isn’t Enough

If I get asked one more time to “make dua (supplicate to God)” for this, that or the other I am going to SCREAM!!! With the Muslim world literally on fire–whether from Imperialist war machines, takfiri mercenaries or even their own Western-backed militaries–most observers with even an ounce of compassion …

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Expertise and Intellectual Freedom

As Islamic awakening continues to unfold throughout the globe, we have come to a better understanding of the direction and the final goal of it. As the leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei has stated, “This final goal cannot be anything less than creating a brilliant Islamic civilization”. Keeping this …

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Islamic Activism at What Cost?

I was recently attending a meeting with several activists from various local organizations.  All of them were in their 20’s or early 30’s. At a certain point, someone mentioned how sleep deprived they were and from there, the tales of self-sacrifice emerged. Knowing the brother across from me hadn’t slept …

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Good Ideas and the Information Overload

The beauty of a statement is in its depth of meaning and the wisdom therein such that the eloquence of a man’s rhetoric is rendered unappealing without it. Whether it is Martin Luther King preaching of his dream or Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah declaring another victory; all stem from an idea, …

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Learning To Speak

Be a voice, not an echo. Being the eldest of 2 and living far away from cousins and relatives, I grew up having to work most things out for myself. I was a self-conscious child for as long as I can remember. As a small child, I lost my gold …

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Trust Thyself

“You won’t make it. You won’t achieve it. It’s impossible. Why even try. Who are you to even try? Just settle you’re getting too old. I don’t approve. You can’t do it”. Are these sentences familiar to you? If they are, firstly I just want to empathize with you. You’re …

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Why the Genocide Against Shias?

It is difficult to ignore the latest trend in the past few decades which finds Shia Muslims across the globe being harassed, persecuted, targeted, and killed in mass amounts by other Muslims.  Indeed, it is the greatest shame when we realize that the most terrorizing enemy is found in our …

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Why Our Islamic Schools are Failing

When I was 17 years old, I was given the enormous task of keeping 25 children under the age of 5 entertained at a Sunday Islamic school. Now mind you, 6 years later and I think that group of children turned out fine. What was I thinking? What was the …

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Rock Star Imams

If you’re among the growing number of Muslims who get their Islam online, keep reading but with your antennas up high. There’s a conspiracy underfoot to virtually misguide you. A new report released in February by U.S global policy think tank RAND Corporation, entitled “Promoting Online Voices for Countering Violent …

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Reviving Student Activism

By Salina Khan A speaker we invited to our tiny college in suburban Chicago 15 years ago–radical human rights activist Lynne Stewart–is now a political prisoner in a U.S. penitentiary, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I consider activities put on by most of today’s Muslim students organizations child’s …

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Quetta: The Power of Protest

Martyrs of the Shia community in Quetta are finally buried after a 4 day protest ended. Something incredible has happened – a revolution in Quetta. But this was no ordinary revolution; no shots rang out, no buildings were stormed and no burning barricades blocked the streets. In sharp contrast to …

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We Are All Quetta

Shia Protesters in Quetta Pakistan refuse to bury their martyrs until government takes responsibility.   Processions attacked in Karachi, people pulled off buses and gunned-down in Gilgit, billiard halls blown up in Quetta – the torrent of violence against the Shi’a of Pakistan continues unabated. Thousands of men, women and …

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Resist Like Hussain

  I  finally get how “Everyday is Ashura and every land is Kerbala” after reading Naomi Klein’s international bestseller Shock Doctrine earlier this year. In this meticulously documented book, Klein laid out how extreme acts of violence perpetrated against populations around the world are not so random after all. She says they’re …

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Intolerance: The Enemy Within

  Racial, ethnic and ideological intolerances, as well as the often more destructive yet rarely highlighted frictions that arise from inter-state politics and rivalries have all featured in one way or another during our lifetimes—always with calamitous results. In recent times, western media outlets have zoomed in on Islamic radicalism …

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Speaker or Scholar?

How many of us choose to attend an Islamic event based solely on the person speaking? Big names draw big crowds at lectures, seminars, and discussions. It doesn’t even matter how many times we’ve heard that same lecture about unity or Hijab, if a certain speaker is there, so are …

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Debunking Free Speech

  I experienced a blast from the past over the weekend when a guy I went to Sunday school with appeared as an Islam expert on a CNN newscast about the film maligning Prophet Muhammad (S). With so many people–from government officials to academicians to local imams–championing America’s freedom of …

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