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The tragedy in Orlando is a harsh return to reality from the fantasy escape of the Muhammad Ali funeral. CAIR Florida launched a donation page at LaunchGood for the victims’ families: Muslim scholars have expressed sorrow and condemnation – Omar […]

This is a guest post by Taher Suratwala. I’ve read and learned some things and that have had me thinking about what I want to focus on this year. I’m having a hard time finding a single word to describe […]

To listen, click the image above or here. By Shahed Amanullah – set to the music of the old favorite “Do They Know It’s Christmas”

As of 8:03 PM on June 4th, 2016, by the Fatimi Hijri Calendar – it is sunset on 29th Shaban 1437, so therefore Ramadan has begun. Mubarak!

As Ramadan approaches, few Muslims will genuinely welcome it. The vast majority of practicing Muslims view Ramadan’s impending arrival solely through the lens of fasting, and the logistics thereof. What will I eat for suhur? How will I stay awake […]

Last time I posted this, I was visiting Los Angeles in July, and Ramadan was still ahead. I styled myself the Sheikh in the North 🙂 However, now I’ve moved to Los Angeles, perhaps better known as the Kings’ Landing. […]

No, of course not. 🙂 Still, this photo is pretty funny: (via @iyad_elbaghdadi on Twitter) All joking aside, Islamophobia is almost a defining trait of Trump supporters. The best way to identify a Trump supporter is to ask, “Is Obama […]

I’m going to throw out some quick half-formed ideas in response to this article by Sufi Synik (via the indomitable Samar Kaukab): Half of the Muslims want me to shut up and take every single hadith (without considering its historical […]

Of all the weird stuff I see on Facebook and Twitter, this pretty much beats all this week. Brother looks like he’s got some knee pain. And tiny t-rex arms. Anyway, I’m sure we can blame Obama for this somehow. […]

Happy VDay to all! Or, belated VDay depending on your madhab – according to Saudi moonsighting Valentine’s was yesterday 😉 The Gujarati origins of what was then known as “Velan-time Day” are well-established in the historical record. Rather than buy […]