The Other Side
While the chant of “U.S.A.!” and American Exceptionalisms continues to drone on, the other side of American life and culture spin further and further out of control through unchecked aggression. This is the side of America that no politician for 2012 is going to address: Violence, rape, murder, wanton bloodshed in American streets. Osama bin Laden is gunned down in his house and he...
When we think of Muslim fundamentalism, we must dispense with the demonstrably...– Dr. Sherman Jackson at a lecture delivered at the Universit of Michigan on Jihad. For more info, see Tackling Religious Literacy: Lexical Empiricism as well as Dr. Jackson’s very helpful article, Literalism, Empiricism, and Induction [PDF].
American Name or Muslim Name?
That was the question a co-worker asked me today. Well, first she asked if my wife is from American, even though she speaks with perfect Valley Girl diction. Then she asked if I was going to name my daughter-to-be an American name or a Muslim name. I asked, “Is Muhammad Ali an American?” She replied, “yes, of course.” To which I asked again, “Is Kareem Abdul Jabbar...
Missing Child: Sister Khadijah bint Tariq Blackmon has been missing since 5-10-2011 at 2pm in the Philadelphia area. Please call 215-900-4037 if you have seen this young sister. Please make du’a for her and her family. Update! al-Hamdulillah, Sister Khadijah bint Tariq Blackmon has been found. The family extends is thanks for prayers.
A Nietzschean Cry That Still Rings in the Western... →
Amidst the din of the post-Osama assassinations it is easy to lose sight of what is still transforming before our eyes in America. In the face of growing pressure from White America, Muslims have…
More on Time: A Khutbah →
In my previous khutbah, I discussed the importance of time and its relation to the larger umbrella of religious literacy. Understanding time is important if one wishes to increase one’s awareness of…
Required Reading: Explaining Islam to the Public →
A piece, by IUPUI professor Edward E. Curtis IV regarding the symbiotic relationship between 9/11 and Islam in the Academy. In particular, Professor Curtis speaks about the issue of authority and the…
Dancing On Someone's Grave?
A good friend of mine reminded me of the Prophetic tradition about gloating over one’s adversaries. I thought I would share. Hat tip to Imam Hud: Abu Salih relates from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him, used to seek refuge from the toil of tribulation, calamities, bad fate, and gloating of adversaries.” [al-Bukhari: 6347] عن أبي صالح عن أبي هريرة كان...
America: A Post Bin Laden Response →
The capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden, the American government’s most wanted terrorist, came as a surprise last night as I was turning in for bed. Like many Americans, the news brought about a…