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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 […]

The Prophetic ﷺ Response to Islamophobia: The Story of Adi bin Hatem

What can we learn from the Prophetic ﷺ response to Islamophobia? There was once a known Islamophobe, Adi bin Hatem. He was the head of a monotheistic tribe that worshipped the God of Abraham but lacked any further guidance. Adi bin Hatem hated Islam and hated the Prophet ﷺ. His own sister had gone to see […]

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 […]

Responses To The Islamophobic Attack On The Bus Illustrate Wider Problems Of Racism

Over the last few days, the video of a black woman launching an islamophobic attack on two muslim women has attracted much attention on social media, and eventually was reported in the National Press. The provocative lady who undertook a tirade of threatening verbal abuse has since been arrested by the police, and one hopes […]

Arabic, an asset or liability in schools?

This week, an American school’s foreign language department arranged for the US Pledge of Allegiance to be read in a different language each day for a week. The day it was Arabic’s turn, things didn’t go down very well. The school district superintendant, Joan Carbone, told the Times Herald-Record newspaper that the Arabic pledge had “divided […]

Defending the Prophet – Advice from Habib ‘Umar

Written by Lina Abdul Wahab Habib Umar bin Hafiz calls upon us all to teach people about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his life, his character, his call, his different states, his beauty, his perfection and his kindness and to teach about the Prophet’s light, by allowing it to shine through our words and deeds. According to Habib Umar, amongst us are […]