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As a Muslim, ISIS's Religion Is Not My Religion

Sana Tayyen | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Sana Tayyen

In what sense is ISIS Muslim? They are the fringe and extreme minority yet the most radical and furthest away from Islam and Muslims. They have named themselves Islamic, robbed the language of the Quran, and donned on 7th century dress and symbols.

Carson's Comments About a Muslim President Weren't Islamophobic

Stafford Betty | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion
Stafford Betty

Carson has said he would require any Muslim candidate for the presidency to address the question of sharia and explicitly renounce any belief in it. After such repudiation Carson would be quite willing to support a Muslim candidate. I suspect that most Americans, once made aware of the foregoing facts, would feel that way, including many Muslims.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: Lessons Learned on Healing From a Recovering Alcoholic

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Do I believe that most mosques today would let recovering alcoholics and drug addicts speak to their congregations? Probably not. Do I think there is a problem with that? Yes, definitely. Our failure to engage diversity in our communities, inclusive of diversity in terms of life experience, leaves us potentially stunted in our individual and communal growth.

Ramadan Reflection Day 8: Reflections Through Sickness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In that moment I took a breath in, I felt more spiritually connected to God than I had ever before. The realization of a blessing is as simple as breathing.

Ramadan Reflection Day 4: How to Be Truly Rich -- On Surat al'Adiyat Part 2

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

For those who missed my last reflection, I had started to discuss the profound impact the 100th chapter of the Quran, Al 'Adiyat, had on me. At a time when I felt quite isolated and confused, I found solace in it like I had never found in the Qur'an before and it helped me to read the Quran in an entirely different way. It helped me to understand the human condition, my own condition, in a deeper way.

Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad Followed "The Golden Rule"

Craig Considine | Posted 06.21.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

Christianity and Islam are often painted as mortal enemies that will be forever fighting in a war for religious supremacy. Christians and Muslims would be wise to remember that Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad are kindred spirits.

To Prevent Another Charlie Hebdo, Reconsider the Example of Muhammed

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Fathima Imra Nazeer

Accusations of racism or false analogies with racist cartoons do not make much sense either. Islam or Muslim is not a race, it is simply an ideology. Muslims belong to almost every race and ethnicity. This is about Muslims being unwilling to face criticism of Islam and Muhammed.

Jews and Muslims Share a Holy Week

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The fasting of Yom Kippur and the rejoicing of Eid Al-Adha/Kurban Bayram are two sides of a common legacy. Faced with ongoing violence, the self-examination of Jews on Yom Kippur and the happiness of Muslims at Eid Al-Adha/Kurban Bayram stand in repudiation of bitterness, prejudice, and incitement.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 3)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

We recently decided to have an extended email conversation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) in Faisal's home country of Iraq, being called an "Uncle Tom" by white people, the existence -- or non-existence -- of a "moderate" Islam, and the one key factor needed to bring about a true Islamic reformation.

A Final Ramadan Reflection

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In these remaining few hours or Ramadan, do your best to spend a little bit of time with yourself and look inside your heart to see what are you carrying with you as you leave this month. Each of you has so much to share with this world.

Ramadan Reflection Day 22: Lessons for Life from a Fight with My Wife

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was constantly doing good for people, whether they were his supporters or not. It's one thing to be good to people who are treating you well. It's another to be good to someone who isn't.

Ramadan Reflection Day 16: Small Acts, Big Impacts

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

It's remarkable at times how little it takes to make someone feel good and special. What would compel this brother to go the extra step and out of his way to do what he did? And, more importantly, would we do the same if the opportunity came in front of us?

Ramadan Reflection Day 13: A Love Supreme

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Growing up, my understanding of God was always tainted by a negative framing. Through Sunday schools and Friday sermons, I learned that God was watching me, but only later on in life I understood that God was watching over me-- two very different things.

Ramadan Reflection Day 12: Halal or Horrendous? Meat in the Muslim Community

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In Islam, so much of our spirituality is tied to what we consume and right now a lot of Muslims, and people in general, are not consuming things that are good for them. There is an inherent beauty in an animal giving its to provide sustenance to you and I. To me, it only makes sense that such an act would necessitate remembering God at every step of the process.

Ramadan Reflection Day 11: 'I'm Just Here to Pray' -- A Woman's Story About Being in the Mosque

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

"'Sisters, your place is here,' he said pointing to the first floor oven, 'or the basement -- not anywhere else.' And just like that, he killed my Ramadan spirit."

Ramadan Reflection Day #6: Bringing Life Back Into Our Work/Life Balance

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Even though I don't probably do what most people do for a living, I was making the same mistakes that many people make in regards to how they prioritize their careers over themselves.

Ramadan Reflection Day #4: Mopping vs. Manliness -- You Don't Have to Be a Woman to Clean

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In a discussion with a few other men, the idea came up that women are "supposed" to be the ones that take care of the home and that's why they don't really do too much. Because Islam tells them not to. Our ability to do should not be stifled by a weak argument of whether we are obligated to do or not.

Ramadan Reflection Day 2: Ramadan Is Making Me 'Hangry'

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

One of the harder things to deal with in these first days of Ramadan is patience, both from people who are testing our patience and people who aren't doing anything necessarily, but we get bothered by them nonetheless.

Lack of Women Empowerment Contradicts Quranic Vision

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Treating women with the inherent dignity that she was created with, ensuring that their rights are preserved and advocating that they are given equitable opportunities to succeed is necessary to uphold the Quranic vision.

Ramadan Reflection Day 24: Need, Greed and Our Responsibility To the World

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In these last few days of Ramadan, reflect deeply on what you really need and how you can play a role in encouraging a better mindfulness of our treatment of rest of creation.

Ramadan Reflection Day 23: Fatherhood From the Beginning -- Things I Learned During Pregnancy

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

If you are blessed to be a father, don't let any of it pass you by. Start as soon as you find out you are expecting.

Ramadan Reflection Day 19: Building Spaces for the Silent Majority

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.26.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I am an advocate for creating new spaces in the Muslim community. Spaces that cater to the silent majority and are built off of a model with multiple entry points. Spaces that are not reactive to the existing apparatus, but are well-thought out and proactively built.

Ramadan Reflection Day 18: Adoption, Foster Care and the World's Forgotten Children

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Throughout the Qur'an we find verse after verse that tells us to be kind to orphans and to treat with affection, care and dignity. We should all take a moment to reflect on what is keeping us from being of better assistance to those children who have no parents or families.

Turkey Presents Prophet's Sayings For The 21st Century

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor ANKARA, May 22 (Reuters) - Scholars around the Muslim world were alarmed five years ago by news repor...

Quality Is Very Important In Islam

Harun Yahya | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Harun Yahya

Our Prophet was a man of fine appearance and attribute, and he had an aesthetic appreciation for beauty. This is notably different from what we see in today's Muslim extremists.