Wearing niqab is a deeply personal choice. Many across the world wear it for no other reason than to please their Lord. Unfortunately, some non-Muslims and Muslims equate the niqab with extremism or dismiss it as a purely cultural practice. Attached is a discussion to show that niqab indeed has a legitimate basis in Islam.… Read More Niqab: An Approach Based on the Proofs
by Shaykh Dr. Mateen Khan (Trenton, New Jersey) The following is a brief, loose translation including the translator’s notes on a topic from the Qur’anic exegesis, Ma`ariful Qur’an, written by the late esteemed Mufti Muhammad Shafi`. Any ayahs and hadiths have also been translated loosely to convey a meaning rather than a strict literal translation. Note:… Read More Lessons from Ma`ariful Qur’an: Slavery in Islam
by Shaykh Dr. Mateen Khan (Trenton, New Jersey) Muslims living in ‘non-Muslim’ lands is a relatively new occurrence. True, Muslim travelers and traders roamed the known (and unknown) world since the beginning of Islam. However, to take up residence and begin families and communities is a recent phenomenon. Today, we find ourselves governed by those whose… Read More O Believers, Cast Your Ballot!
By Shaykh Omar Baig As the U.S. presidential elections begin kicking into high gear, once again Islam and Muslims are a major talking point. The bigotry, hatred, and racism openly spewed out have reached unprecedented levels. It almost feels as if such apparent hateful rhetoric was never before acceptable. However, this is nothing new. It has… Read More Muslim Voters, We Need You!
Eid al-Adha 2016 Talk Dr. Mateen A. Khan (Trenton, NJ) Our Nature We are all the children of Adam and His wife, Hawwa’ (`alayhuma al-salaam). Allah created an innate identity in them – a fitrah – that He created in us as well. It is a natural state; it is how Allah designed us. Every… Read More We Were Created to be Inhabitants of Jannah
By Imam Numaan Cheema (Boston, Massachusetts) Ramadan. It’s a time for all to reconnect spiritually to our Lord. But are we ready for it? We hear the hype: how Ramadan is meant to be a life changing experience and how we’re supposed to come out reformed in Shawwal. But are we ready for it? It tends to simply… Read More Ramadan Prep
by Ramzia C. (Meriden, CT) Even in silence, the echo is heard, a voice calling out to you, demanding to be heard. You ignore it and continue on with your work, allowing the desires of your base self to take control. You neglect its promise of fertility and feed its whims, desiring more but gaining… Read More Voice Within