I take my hat off to the Catholic Church and the Pope for its recognition of Palestine. In a world fueled by extremism’s cheap gas, the honesty and integrity of the Catholic Church is commendable.
The Arabic books are for review – really long. I hope to skim through them. Please share your reading plans for the summer as well. Is there anything I must read?
It is imperative that we recognize the events that sadly look place in July 1995 & ensure it is never forgotten & that we learn from such atrocities to ensure they don’t happen again.
“Suspicion leads to sin” Is a powerful prophetic tradition because it can cause so much harm. Often, suspicion is a trap set by Satan for the righteous because most of their life is in order. He lassos them with suspicion to weaken the power of their good, harm relations and ruin other’s lives.
We can appreciate the beauty of Islam is in its appreciation for different cultures and cultural expressions.
Work with others and communicate when you feel threatened. If they do something wrong, try to understand why. Perhaps your understanding will lift them up
Translated by Suhaib Webb from Al-Dhakhīra by Imām al-Qarāfī al-Mālikī
The word in Arabic for guidance is from the same root as the word gift.
The point, is that going hard, rooted in insecurities is not always the best option, even when its sincere. The same can be said for irresponsible ease, also. The goal is balance and that is not easy.
“The light of the Prophet ﷺ, when it casts on dark hearts, it brings people to it.”
“If a person falls into sin because of a desire, I fear not because Adam ate from the tree, repented and was forgiven. However, if a person sins because of arrogance, I fear for him because Satan sinned in arrogance and was cursed.”
This is an issue that touches the core of our humanity, the conscience of our society and our commitment as Americans and people of faith.
The more I look at this case, it looks as a bad case of bad theology meets bad circumstances. When mixed, they make a toxic brew.
While the hashtag is appropriate given that the lives of Muslims do matter, as a community, we need to be more vigilant about bringing attention to other hate crimes in less fortunate communities
He said that in more than 15 years as an imam, he had encountered only five Muslims who were considering whether they should join violent militant groups, but that none of them had actually left the United States to fight. “They were all males,” said Imam Webb, and “they all had daddy issues.” He added, “They were not really drawn to this on theological grounds.”
The pious have their role: a specific role for specific types of people. I would argue a special few. The masses of Muslims: the artists, those who grind from 9-5, those who struggle to raise their kids, their grades and their faith those who don’t fit the “religious” mold, are the most apt at presenting Islam.
The notion that Islam does not appreciate beauty and swag is a foolish one carried by insecure souls whose goal is to make Islam unlivable. The reality is balance: enjoy this world responsibly with an eye on the Hereafter.
Join me as I share moments in my life that woke my heart and set me on a different course in today’s Friday sermon with a special focus on Deah Barakāt’s dream.
Resident Scholar of Make Space Denounces ISIS as Criminals, Notes Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism Go Hand in Hand.
Resident Scholar of Make Space Denounces ISIS as Criminals, Notes Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism Go Hand in Hand. Religious scholars discuss the significance of President Obama’s “Crusades” comment and how religion plays a role in extremism.
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said the we are all like metal. The best metals are the hardest to find and the scarcest.
The Qur’an promises to leave a light on and have a warm meal waiting for those who come back home, come back to Him, “Those who do evil and turn back to Allah will find him forgiving, merciful.”
Often, we make decisions based on our hearts. This is rooted in the statement of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم), “Ask your heart.”
Satan gets to know a person’s emotional and psychological make up until he understands it well…
“A person’s speech is the strongest witness to the state of his heart and soul.”
When commencing his prayer, the Prophet عليه السلام would ask God to clean his mistakes (he was free of sin/ longer discussion that can be had another time) with clean pure snow.
I posted this to illustrate the challenges of Imams in America, regardless of their denomination. The expectations they face are so high, but the real support is often not there. I was happy to see his community support him towards the end. The end of the video is emotional and challenging.
“One of Satan’s greatest traps is to cause a person to think evil and abandon a scholar due to false allegations brought against that scholar by those who hate him unjustly, a sickness in that person’s heart, ignorance, or blind group allegiance. Sadly, the best person for his/her relationship with Allah and faith is the scholar Satan caused him/her to hate.”
“If Allah forgives him and all his evil, than what about us and all our good? It is a communal obligation to pray for a deceased Muslim and in the janāzah, the Sunna is to pray for the person’s mercy.'”
They had a host of questions about some recent events and were looking for a trained person to help navigate the theological and even thornier, cultural issues they planned to address.
It is always a pleasure when people take the extra steps to understand each other. It is scary; but the fruit of knowing and appreciating others is sweeter.
Dreamers shine bright because their ideas, their bravery, isolate them from others. So, in your loneliness and in your concern, in your dreams and in your hopes, you are shining at your apex. You are illuminating. Don’t be sad. Shine!
Massachusetts’ new Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito gathered in prayer with Boston-area faith leaders on the eve of their inauguration, as they joined an ecumenical and interfaith prayer service.
Tablighi Jamat is a movement designed to bring faith back into the lives of the Muslims. They focus on five major duties and travel to different locations in order to spread the message of faith and dawa (calling to Allah) to other Muslims. They serve as one of the important alarm clocks whose job is to awaken a sleeping Umma, and remind it of its noble position and tasks.
There is no religious justification for the horrible murders that took place in Paris yesterday. I and a large number of “trained” Imams, unconditionally denounce these acts of treachery and we extend our prayers to those who lost loved ones and the people of France.
He’s an interesting figure: blond, blue-eyed, a former hip-hop DJ from Oklahoma City and the grandson of a fundamentalist Christian preacher. As a young man, he memorized the Koran and moved to Cairo to become an Islamic legal scholar.
After witnessing the carnage in Pakistan, I decided to repost an article that collects narrations of the Prophet (God shower him with light, blessings and grant him intercession for us) that address this topic, hoping that it will brings some comfort to parents.
Almost every week, I meet undocumented Muslims who, in many cases, are forced to work for ridiculously low wages, and are subjected to unhygienic and emotionally debilitating work conditions.
The mosque in Roxbury was crowded past capacity, with about 1,200 college students, urban hipsters and East Africans lining the hallways and front stairs.
The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center announced Friday that its first permanent imam is leaving for a new job.
During a special banquet held to welcome Imam Suhaib onboard on October 24, we officially announced that Imam Suhaib will join MakeSpace.
Recently, I saw a lecture on YouTube with a man claiming that saying, “Jumu’a mubārak (Eng. A blessed Friday)” on Fridays is an innovation? Is that true?
Moving forward, I promise myself to address ideas instead of people, to be critical of thoughts instead of personalities and commit to ethics as best I can. That will create a better climate to unpack and examine current trends in our community, but ensure that I recognize other’s humanity and worth.
You should start Ramadān with the same passion, focus and commitment that you completed the last ten days of last year’s Ramadān.
If you didn’t end it well last year, stay tuned for another short reminder soon: “How to fix a broken Ramadān?
Even scholars who forbade Non-Muslims from entering the mosques allowed it if there was a benefit of da’wah (outreach) or creating good relations. “If there is a benefit of da’wah, increasing good relations or improving the image of Islam, it is allowed.”
Can I celebrate Thanksgiving with my parents? I converted a few years back and it is very important to them. Things haven’t been great since my reversion. What are your thoughts?
Faith is more than just a definition found in books of theology. It is a reality that touches every aspect of our lives. Faith’s centrality in our lives is a proof of our Prophet’s ﷺ (peace be upon him) role as a teacher and proof of his greatness because he expanded it beyond a theological concept, beyond gnosis, to every facet of our being, to, as Chaplain Marc Manley likes to call it, “Operational Islām.”
Webb, for his part, had his own big plan — to establish one of the first Muslim seminaries in the country. He wanted to nurture a new generation of American imams and Muslim women scholars — orthodox, but culturally conversant and civically involved — and to educate more casual students about their faith.
The face of Boston’s Muslim community in its time of crisis is a 6-foot-5-inch, blond-haired, blue-eyed former hip-hop DJ whose grandfather was a fundamentalist Christian preacher, and who moved to Boston just 18 months ago.
This Friday is not a normal Friday. I am deeply saddened and shocked by the recent events. Our city’s peace was taken away in a blink of an eye. Our faith is once again being called to suspicion. Innocent people are being hurt. What is needed now is meeting hate with love, trials with patience and fear with increased worship. Each and every one of us needs to be a shelter in this storm.
I advise you to wear the Hjiab instead of the Niqab. I base this on the fact that it is a contentious issue and we have a legal axiom that allows us, in the face of contentious issues, to take the more appropriate course for our time and place.
The four madhahib are important in areas of worship, but in areas related to takhrij al-manat, tehsil al-Masalih and tahqiq of the maqasid (in short, what is best for you in the Hereafter, based on your current situation), I strongly advise you to ask contemporary scholars since “a fatwa [ruling] can change according to its time, place and the reality of the person asking.” Allah knows best.
You do not have to remove your tattoo. What’s done is done and you are not held accountable for that, masha’Allah.
It is true that the superiority of the Qur’an over other forms of speech is like the superiority of God to His creation but, for every situation there is a word that fits, and when that situation changes, the right word or phrase loses its wisdom, and its benefit is no longer sought.”
Webb’s unusual path to his new role is at the heart of his plan to make the mosque more inclusive.
Shaykh ‘Ali was from the great scholars of al-Azhar. He wrote that 11 sciences (‘Uloom) should be mastered by anyone who truly wanted to start on a path towards becoming from the people of knowledge and da’wah (the call to Islam). This curriculum is still taught in al-Azhar (though modified with some short comings and some improvements), forming the basis of my own approach towards learning and teaching.
At the end of the day, these steps are like tools hanging in our garages. If we use them, we will build something. If we neglect them, making excuses, being lazy or having bad feelings about our Lord, then we have none to blame but ourselves. Start by observing the obligatory acts, increase the number of sunnah, charity and civic engagement. All of those, if done for Allah alone, are Red Bulls for taqwa without the withdrawal!
For Webb, that answer comes through study and in the form of distinct, high-quality American Muslim institutions like Zaytuna College in California and Muslim community centers like Ta’leef Collective in Fremont, California instead of stigmatized mosques.
“Muslims in America are going to have to somehow engage American culture in order to offer the answers to American culture, the problems of American culture,” he said.
“We stand united as Muslim American faith and community leaders and recognize that we have a shared responsibility to continue to work together with leaders of all faiths and their communities to fight the dehumanization of all peoples based on their religion, race or ethnicity. With the disturbing rise of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of hatred, rhetoric and bigotry, now more than ever, people of faith must stand together for truth,”
Our true nature is inclined to serve our Lord. However, there are times when that nature can be misdirected to things which are unbecoming of worship. False deities, fame, and success caused many people to slip and fall from the noble station that the Creator has given them. Thus, by submitting to something other than the true Creator and Sustainer of all, people will feel depressed, saddened, and lost.
The soul takes a hit in the thirties. We become busy and, in many ways, we feel that we’re not respected. If the thirties were a child it would have to be the middle one. Not quite old enough to handle things and not too small to be absolved of responsibility. Thus, and I’ve found this in my own person, taking advice and humbling one’s self is not easy. “I’m thirty not twenty!” I have that one gray hair there on the front of my beard give me some respect.
Setting the Record Straight Part 2: Addressing the 10 Accusations Against Imam Suhaib Webb: Sheikah, Hafidhah, al-Azhariyah Maryam Amirebrahimi
I have been honored to study with and be mentored by Imam Suhaib Webb for the past 12 years. He is someone who has brought incredible light, clarity and guidance into my life, by Allah’s mercy.
In short, this is an attempt to paint reality through the lens of hatred and bigotry. I unconditionally denounce the teachings of the later Anwar, teachings that upset us all and caused so much pain. There is no room for murder in today’s world.