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All over the Americas, Muslim Africans wrote the Qur'an and other sacred texts from memory, distributed selections to the faithful, converted others, and established networks.  What is pertinent to us as we contemplate our own legacy as American Muslims is what will remain of our contributions and…

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It is the time of year where the word "love" is paraded about, amidst a wave of cards, chocolates and flowers. But is there more? Love is so central to our sense of self that its presence (or absence) influences every aspect of our perception and interactions with the world around us. We are often…

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While Arabic has its unique qualities, its sacred status as the “language of the Qur’an” does not mean that it is necessarily the language of Islam. However, it seems that many of our fellow Muslims speak of the universality of Islam while at the same time emphasizing the particularity of Arabic…

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Marc Manley reflects on the conditions of love, and moving beyond our undeveloped notions of love, while contemplating on Surah al-Kawthar.

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The Olympics are finally here! They give a chance for everyone to set aside politics, grudges, and the difficulties of life to celebrate human dignity and sportsmanship, and to cheer for the best achievers in a fair competition. Unfortunately, the anticipation of such emotional warmth is…

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The conversations stirred by recent literature, like Salaam, Love,  only mimic what has been whispered in our homes and houses of worship for decades: Muslim American culture is shifting. These tell-all intimate portraits, exorcizing communal guilt and shame,  may serve to "humanize” Muslims and…

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We are different in our makeup, different in our experiences. It is impossible to conceive of a world in which we are all alike. For a person of faith, this plurality is deliberate, not simply an accident. It is part of the Divine plan and its purpose is to get humanity together to collaborate and…

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Mohamed Ghilan on the new atheism in our current age, a Qur'anic viewpoint on this phenomenon, and how to resist the pressure to disbelieve.

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After seeing our brothers and sisters praying Salat-ul-Istisqa (prayer for rain) in the Bay area this past weekend, and the subsequent rainfall, let us remember the story of the man who once interrupted the Prophet's khutbah, asking for rain:

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We do not have to have an array of powers to save the world but we should take an opportunity to evaluate our humanistic ideals. What can we do in our everyday lives to contribute? We can remember that those who are merciful through showing compassion to those on earth, such as humans, animals,…

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