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Are the Islamic Rulings Regarding Marriage Racist?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum In Fiqh books, upon discussion of marriage, there is a section regarding compatibility. This includes compatibility in race, lineage, religion and profession. It mentions how it is looked down upon and the marriage can be invalid and/or made annulled by a judge if a man marries a […]

Black Lives Matter: If You’re Right With God, You’re Right – Imam Zaid Shakir

Imam Zaid Shakir has had to bury people who were shot by cops and those who were shot by their peers – predominantly young, African-American men. He concludes, if you’re right with God, you’re right. If some racist thinks you’re not right that’s their problem. Black history is filled with injustice. The actions of Rosa Parks, Brown vs. Education, […]

5 Excellent Resources To Help You Explain Racial Bias To Your Children

Mamanushka, the new parenting blog, has published some stellar content since its launch, including the latest one, 5 Excellent Resources To Help You Explain Racial Bias To Your Children. Worth reading and sharing far and wide. This past week, with all its happiness and celebrations of Eid, has also been one of great sadness and […]

#‎Blacklivesmatter Because Our Lord Demands It – Ustadh Salman Younas

‪#‎Blacklivesmatter‬ because our Lord has “ennobled all the children of Adam” (17:70) and commanded us to “stand firmly for justice.” (4:135), writes Ustadh Salman Younas. ‪#‎Blacklivesmatter to me not because it is politically prudent for Muslims to side with African-Americans. They matter to me not because it’s viewed by some as the new countercultural trend that people should […]

Medina Bombing: Where WE Stand & Why We Must State It Clearly, by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In an unprecedented escalation of events, an explosion has occured close to the Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ mosque in Medina, allegedly detonated by a suicide bomber. The Medina bombing comes at the heels of the devastating violence in Iraq, Turkey and Bangladesh in recent weeks. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani makes it clear: where do we stand on such events and should we speak out? […]

The Plague Within: Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on the Roots of Violent Extremism

Vigilante acts of violence have killed hundreds around the world in the last few days. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf writes plainly on the dark and destructive ideology which underpins groups like ISIS and their sympathisers. According to a good hadith related by Ahmad and al-Tabarani, the Messenger of God, may God’s peace and blessings be upon him, said, […]

How to stop the cycle of hate, by Imam Khalid Latif

Almost daily there are news reports of hate crimes against Muslims in the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, as well as news of mass terrorist attacks against Muslims in countries like Iraq, Turkey and Bangladesh. Imam Khalid Latif reflects in this article originally published on CNN. This morning, I woke up to images and […]

How Do I Deal With Racist Attitudes at Gatherings?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I stopped going to a Muslim gathering because the majority of the women are older African Americans talking about how much it is awful being black and how it is all the white man’s fault. I have quoted the Qu’ran and the hadith concerning this issue, yet they […]

Blackness, Racism And How The Arabic Language Rises Above It All

Shaykh Muhammad Mendes responds to this question during a Lamppost Education Initiative Seminar on Muslim Spirituality From Africa to Americas. “Why is the colour black – black people and all things black, so foul to humanity?” Resources for seekers Responses To The Islamophobic Attack On The Bus Illustrate Wider Problems of Racism Race To The […]

Dalia Mogahed’s debut at TED met with standing ovation

What do you think when you look at me? When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: a woman of faith? a scholar, a mom, a sister? or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? In this personal, powerful talk, Mogahed asks us, in this polarizing time, to fight negative perceptions of her […]