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Reflections on the Life of Omar ibn Said – Dr Hadia Mubarak

Dr Hadia Mubrak shares her reflections and thoughts on the life and legacy of Omar ibn Said.   In our public discourse, the term “Muslim” tends to be synonymous with words like “foreigner,” “immigrant” and “refugee.” Yet the historical reality of Muslims in America depicts a completely different portrait. The first Muslims to come to […]

Rare Autobiography by Omar Ibn Said, An Enslaved West African Scholar

The Library of Congress has recently discovered a rare manuscript, an autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, a slave hailing from West Africa.  The autobiography is 15 pages long, and is written in Arabic. He describes his life in West Africa, in a place called Futa Toro, between modern-day Senegal and the Gambia. Omar Ibn Said […]

Debt: How It Destroys Lives, How You Can Fight It

The good folks at Rizqwise have a very worthy multi-part series on debt that you should really listen to. If you haven’t got the time, this concluding episode is not to be missed. Rizqwise speak to Rehan Huda, a prominent investment banker and leading authority in Islamic Finance, about some of the key lessons we […]

Are We Beyond Slavery? Not even close.

In the first of a series of articles, Qanit Takmeel puts forth the proposition that slavery, contrary to popular opinion, is very much alive. Rasoolullah’s (upon whom be peace) time in this duniya was limited, however, his ummah is expected to inherit the mission, and see it through, to fruition. Allah Most High says, “And we have […]

ISIS, Sex Slaves and Islam – reflections from Imam Zaid Shakir

As-Salaamu Alaikum, Today’s New York Times’ (NYT) article highlighting ISIS’ sexual enslavement of Yazidi women has cast a critical light on the issue of slavery and Islam. The ensuing implications should concern all Muslims. This is so owing to the fact that ISIS presents its practices as normative Islam and accuses the masses of Muslims […]

Is It Permissible to Buy Sex Slaves?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: I wanted to ask if a Muslim could buy a sex slave as slavery is allowed in Islam. For example, in my country, they have human trafficking where they sell slaves. Can a Muslim have sex with them after buying them? If not, can a Muslim at least buy […]

A Balanced Explanation of the Banu Qurayza Controversy

Answered by Ustadh Abdullah Anik Misra Question 1: Assalamu Alaykum, My questions relate to the treatment of Banu Qurayzah after they committed treason during the time of the Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him). First, how do we explain this hadith: Narrated Atiyyah al-Qurazi: I was among the captives of Banu Qurayza. They […]