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Imam Marc Manley weighs in on the Muslim Hipsters, discussing the importance of being cool and being a moral Muslim, and critiques the reaction to the video in the community.

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I'm sure most people on Facebook have already seen the video--hijabi hipsters (really we should just call them hipsters with head scarves, because contrary to popular conception, hijab is more than the scarf) basically loitering and doing nothing with pop music in the background. We have a…

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Modern society and science have a terrible habit of concerning themselves with the physical, perceptible world, while turning a blind eye to the more powerful world of the unseen. In reality, slavery is more than chains and shackles, sweatshops and prostitution rings. The physical component of…

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As we explain to our children the Islamic perspective of Thanksgiving, we should remind them and ourselves of the blessings we take for granted, the blessings that we have that don’t exist, and that with these blessings comes an ethical responsibility - the responsibility to become men and women…

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In the city of Bursa, the Ulu Camii is famous for its 192 inscriptions that adorn its walls, considered amongst the greatest examples of Islamic calligraphy. At its center, however, lies a fountain which to this day is a great example of the relationship between leadership, responsibility,…

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He called people to realize this existence through love. He saw that love is only real when it leads to the One.  Mawlana Rumi loved Allah. To him, love was the means, not the goal! Al-Madina's group, now visiting Turkey on their spiritual tour, made a stop in Konya to visit Mawlana Rumi. Here…

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In a world where neglect or mock grief masquerade as following the example of the best of creation, peace & blessings upon him & his family, we are often remiss of the reality that we have a choice (ikhtiyar) to whom we love and honor.  Many of the faithful claim to love the Prophet (peace &…

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The classic Talaa AlBadr, the song commemorating the arrival of the Prophet in Madina, remixed with additional lyrics to reflect the state of the hearts, pain, hope, and immense love of the Prophet that Muslims feel. It is through this love that we connect with ourselves, the community, and most…

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The word "Tarbiyyah" linguistically means increase, growth, and loftiness. Al Raghib Al-Asbahani explains that the word Tarbiyyah in Arabic means “to cause something to develop from stage to stage until reaching its completion."  Are you growing into your full…

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What is the role of an imam? How does it differ from other religious traditions? And how is it seen specifically in the American Muslim context?

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