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Marc Manley

Marc Manley is the Religious Director at the Middle Ground Muslim Center, in Upland, California. A writer and educator, he also previously served as chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Imam Ali said, “Study the Qur’an for it is the best of speech. Teach it to others for it is like the springtime of hearts.” We are in need of a return to a simpler way of approaching the Qur’an: by actually reading it.  

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The hyper-fixation of Muslim families on material wealth, ethnicity, and class — to the exclusion of all other considerations including choice and happiness — will only continue to erode the Muslim community from within. While it is convenient during a Trump presidency for Muslims to pour all of…

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Islam is not a race or a marathon. It’s a way of living prescribed by the Creator, as demonstrated by the Prophet ﷺ. There is an intended balance that ought to be struck between immediate repentance and living to fight another day. 

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The Prophetic way is to work to find balance in our lives and to enjoy being a Muslim.

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Our frustration with the apathy of our community on issues like Ferguson cannot be chocked up to leadership alone. The rank and file Muslim also shares a healthy dollop of blame. 

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If you feel like you're struggling with your religion, it is most likely that you are struggling with yourself. Islam is, while broad and expansive, something specific.

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In an attempt to cope with my own powerlessness in the face of the Almighty, I needed to revisit some critical notions of what Islam is founded on: submission, the limits of human reason, forbearance, steadfastness, and personal honesty.

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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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If Islam is to take off and thrive–not merely survive–in America then Muslims here will need to be imbued with the power to legitimize themselves and their environments around them.  This may result in differing cultural norms for Muslims in America that may, at the surface level, look different…

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I have often had young (and not so young) Muslims come and ask me about the significance of prayer. Often this inquiry is triggered by doubt and skepticism in their lives as the result of sins they’ve committed. But what is most curious about this line of questioning is the trajectory it has…

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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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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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