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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 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.

Ramadan Reflection Day 3: On Surat al'Adiyat -- Qu'ranic Advice on Gaining Contentment Through Gratitude

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I had read this verse over and over throughout my life, but when I read it that day, it felt like I was reading it for the first time. I didn't know how to be appreciative, and the impact it was having on me was quite severe.

Ramadan Reflection Day #24: Giving Voice to the Voiceless -- Why We Need More Ayman Mohyeldins in the World

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

We should have 100 Ayman Mohyedin's out there -- people of any background who are willing to tell the stories that are not being told simply because it's the right thing to do. What better aspiration could we guide our young people towards than that?

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 17: Organized Evil vs. Disorganized Righteousness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The Muslim community has no federation or established systems of networks of any kind. On a local, state, or national level, there is virtually no communication or strategy being employed whatsoever. Moving aside from building coalitions external to the broader Muslim community, the development of intra-community coalitions is necessary.

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 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 #9: Ramadan Garbage Wars -- Ways to Close the Junkyard

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Over a billion people are fasting this Ramadan and each one of us is arguably on average producing more waste than during the rest of the year. Iftars are held pretty much anywhere you can think of. The hosts more often than not are using paper plates, sytrofoam cups, and plastic forks in abundance to help serve the large number of guests,

Ramadan Reflection Day 7: Prayers for the People of Burma's Concentration Camps

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Whatever walk of life you come from, please do keep them in your thoughts and prayers. For those who are fasting, encourage your community leaders, imams, khateebs and others to pray for the Rohingya with the community at large, especially in the blessed nights of Ramadan, and try to contribute to them whatever you are able to.

Ramadan Reflection Day 3: The Problem With Conditional Compassion

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I empathize with the fact that others have suffered and have had hard experiences, but how does that makes sense that I, or anyone else, should suffer as well? Have we become so complacent in our dealing with pain and suffering that we are indifferent to its ongoing existence?

Ramadan Reflection Day 1: A Different Kind of Thirst

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 08.29.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The experience also made me reflect on my own relationship with my prayer and the Qur'an itself. These young men would do anything to be able to hear the Qur'an and they even stand in prayer despite not being able to hear it.

Ramadan Reflection Day 26: Simple Actions Can Change the World

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.03.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

What's more remarkable to me is that most of those who gave will probably never meet those who they gave to. The motivation wasn't because of kinship rooted in socially constructed value, shared culture or common heritage.

Ramadan Reflection Day 25: A Letter to My Community

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

We have something unique alhamdulillah and it's important for us to grow it. The credentials, resources, and personalities that we find within our community uniquely position us to do a lot. We are poised to build many of the institutions and organizations that our community is in need of.