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I completely agree with Sidi Ayaz Hyder (Deenport) in that it’s “nice to see this in mainstream media”: Source: CNN London, England (CNN) — Think of the origins of that staple of modern life, the cup of coffee, and Italy often springs to mind. But in fact, Yemen is where the ubiquitous brew has its […]

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Source: Inspiring and simply beautiful. We had just finished dinner and had 20 genay [Egyptian currency] left over from the pool of cash we had put together. While discussing what to do with the money, one of the sisters suggested, “There’s a boy who sleeps outside Awlad Ragab [the local grocery store]. You know, […]

Source: NewIslamicDirections A. Silence (الصمت) is to refrain from speaking falsely; not truthfully. Al-Kafawi, al-Kulliyyat الصمت إمساك عن قول الباطل دون الحق  – الكفوي  الكليات Silence (الصمت) differs from not speaking (السكوت) in three ways: 1. Not speaking is to leave off speech despite being capable of it. Capability is not a consideration in defining […]

Ramadan Resources: 1. Approaching Ramadan by Imam Zaid Shakir [] 2. Ramadan Advice by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf [ibid] 3. Preparing for Ramadan [Ashrafiya Blog] 4. Ramadan Schedule [ibid] 5. Ramadan Daily Checklist [MeccaOne] 6. Ramadan Preparation with Imam Zaid Shakir [ibid] 7. The Virtues of Standing in Prayer in the Month of Ramadan [Seeker’s Guidance] […]

By Bilal Malik From advertisements of new, essentially better, products and services on television and radio targeted for every age group, the sexualization of society through television programs that reduce humans to mere animal impulses, the misogyny, violence, crime, nihilism, intoxication, anarchy, the normalization of sexual perversion and many other vices being praised through the […]

Source: New Islamic Directions Like the light of a meteor streaking across the crisp, cold, clear sky of a winter’s night, Michael Jackson, streaked across the sky defining this country’s cultural horizons. None of us coming of age in urban America will forget Michael’s debut onto the public stage with his brothers as part of […]

Source: at-Talib What is it and where did it come from? Consider Valentine’s Day, a day that after dying out a well deserved death in most of Europe (but surviving in Britain and United States) has suddenly started to emerge across a good swath of Muslim countries. Who was Valentine? Why is this day observed? Legends […]

A brief but beautiful account of the historical, academic, spiritual and political lineage of the scholars of the Waliullahi Tradition, The ‘Ulema of Deoband. Source: the brilliant Pearls of the Elders blog The following article has been taken from Maulana Mahmood Ahmad Ghazi’s work, ‘Islamic Renaissance in South Asia (1707-1867): The Role of Shah Waliullah and his successors.’ Scholars of the Waliullahi Tradition – The ‘Ulema of Deoband  […]

Source: at-Talib  From coffee to cheques and the three-course meal, the Muslim world has given us many innovations that we take for granted in daily life. As a new exhibition opens, Paul Vallely nominates 20 of the most influential- and identifies the men of genius behind them.   1. The story goes that an Arab named Khalid […]

Source Imam Zaid Shakir “Assalamualaikum, You will surely be tested in your wealth and your lives. And you will hear from those given the scriptures before you and from the idolaters much abuse. If you patiently persevere, and remain mindful [of God], surely in this is a manifestation of firm resolve. [Al-Qur’an 3:186] Enduring trials, […]