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Moutasem Atiya

Moutasem Atiya is the Director and Co-founder of Al-Madina Institute.


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On a recent cross-continental flight I sat next to a man who was a supporter of Donald Trump. You can imagine the awkward position we were both in. Racist. Islamophobe. Misogynist. Those were a few of the adjectives that could have crossed my mind, while terrorist, anti-American, ISIS may have been…

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Over the past five years many of us have been struggling to make sense of the carnage we see in Syria. In the past two days alone those feelings have been intensified as we witness children, women and men suffer in ways we wouldn't wish upon our worst enemy.  Each one of us can help in being a…

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No, you were not dreaming.  Last night was not a terrible nightmare — well maybe it kinda was. But he that shall not be named is the new President-Elect of the United States of America and it's okay for you to be upset.  It's only natural but it's not okay for you to despair. During the time of…

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It’s been a rough time for the Muslim community of America. Many Islamic organizations will surely be sending safety guides in the following days advising us to be aware of our surroundings and maybe even suggesting classes in self-defense. That’s great, but let’s not forget we are a faith based…

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The story of then six-year old Ruby Bridges should serve as a source of inspiration for all of us. Her life teaches us what it truly means to be courageous in times of hardship. 

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Many of us witnessed the Republican candidates for the presidency bash Muslims for two plus hours last night on the CNN debate. The outlandish comments and racist rhetoric of Trump and his ilk make for an interesting spiritual case study, one that we can all learn from.

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Everywhere we turn we see a world on fire. Many of us are searching for answers but are having trouble finding them. Though we are unable to control the deranged acts of some, there is something each one ofus can do about the craziness around us. 

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Imam al-Ghazali and Shaykh Ibn Taymiyyah, two of the most gifted Islamic scholars in history, stood before me. I envisioned their encouraging me and thanks, but instead they slapped me across the face.

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Though our Beauty of Muhammad Web Series (peace be upon him and his family) will start in a few weeks, I wanted to share this amazing story with you.  May Allah inspire us all to keep our hearts and tongues in a constant state of prayers upon the Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him and his…

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Embarking on a path of spiritual fitness is a lot like getting physically fit.  They are both built on foundational principles, that if followed, will yield results. 

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I was blessed to be part of an incredible weekend at Pearls of the Qur'an with so many amazing brothers and sisters. I was especially honored to spend time with a group of brothers who have given me so much. 

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Sister Sherry Khan makes an on-point analysis of what many Muslims are suffering from in silence, namely the fallout of partisan bickering between leaders.  As stewards of the Muslim American community we have to take the uncomfortable task of assessing the real impact of our efforts.  We live in…

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In another attempt at religious sensationalism,  IS is trying to position themselves as the only true practitioners of Islam.  Their tactics do have two unfortunately real consequences.

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I was scratching my head yesterday regarding the number of phone calls I received asking if our Muslim leaders are vocally condemning the lunatics calling themselves the "Islamic State" or IS/ISIL.Armed with thirty minutes of free time and a Google search engine, I put together this list…

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As Muslims living in America we are now, more than ever, being examined under a microscope, unjustly blamed for the actions of a few.  Here are three easy steps that we can all take to start moving in the right direction.

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Moutasem Atiya discusses preparing for Ramadan and the fast of the Messengerﷺ.

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I’m often shocked by how often we throw the baby out with the bathwater. Someone disagrees with us on a religious matter and we are willing to play Russian roulette with our own salvation by labeling them an unbeliever (kafir). This behavior tends to be perpetrated by people who are ignorant and/or…

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NASA announced this week the discovery of 715 new planets. This discovery, along with modern theoretical physics, may now shed light on a Qur'anic commentary from Ibn Abbas fifteen hundred years ago. 

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Having cofounded Al-Madina Institute, I have come to know many amazing Muslims doing some really wonderful work.  Below is a list of ten Muslims from across the globe that deserve to be recognized for their work.

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Moutasem Atiya on Waraqa ibn Nawfal and the Messenger of Godﷺ, and what we can learn from Waraqa's response to his call.

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AbdurRahman Depeler is a young award-winning calligrapher from Konya, Turkey. Inspired by the masters of old, AbdurRahman brings a unique style to his work, making him one of the most sought after calligraphers of our time. He shared his thoughts with Moutasem Atiya in this interview for ImanWire.

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For many, master calligrapher Hasan Celebi is seen as the reviver of Islamic calligraphy of our time, a living legend. Having started his life as an imam, Celebi's heart was filled with the words of God and His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him). He took an interest in calligraphy and has been…

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