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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 […]

Once again, it is time to tweet the Qur’an! here are the guidelines, via Hussein Rashid, (@islamoyankee) the perennial organizer and founder of this wonderful initiative: Anyone is welcome. You do not have to be Muslim. The point is to […]

This is a popular graphic that makes the ruonds on Facebook from time to time, so I thought I’d publish it here for reference. These five verses are among the most common ones that Islamophobes use to justify arguments that […]

For to fast is to good unto your selves – if you but knew it. (translation, Muhammad Asad, The Message of the Qur’an)

There are a lot of articles written during Ramadan about what Ramadan means, about what we as Muslims should be “getting out” of Ramadan, what the benefits of Ramadan should be. But I think that these sorts of articles miss […]

It was the month of Ramadan in which the Qur’an was first bestowed from on High as a guidance unto Man and a self-evident proof of that guidance, and as a Criterion by which to discern the true from the […]

On Reddit, someone posted the following question: “What convinces you that the Quran is the literal Word of God?” I think this is precisely the wrong question. The book/movie Life of Pi directly and elegantly addresses this question. In the […]

Welcome back, readers 🙂 My apologies for being so AWOL from blogging. This past Ramadan I had genuinely been able to ramp up my ibadat and one of the ways I achieved that was by letting go of digital distractions. […]

My friend Hussein Rashid launched the idea of Tweeting the Qur’an a few years ago and the idea has steadily caught on, and even attracted press attention. To participate, just tweet an excerpt from the Qur’an that moved you and […]

Ramadan is one-third over. Unlike past years, I’ve not written as much about my observances this year because I’ve been dedicated to improving my ibadat (worship). I completely concur with my friend Shahed Amanullah’s concerns that Ramadan is beginning to […]