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Abdullah bin Hamid Ali

Abdullah bin Hamid Ali, founder of the Lamppost Education Initiative, is the head of Zaytuna College’s Islamic Law Council, and a full-time faculty member who teaches Islamic law and Prophetic Tradition. He holds a PhD in the area of Cultural & Historical Studies in Religion from the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, California. He also holds a BA in Shariah Law from the University of Al-Qarawiyin (Fez, Morocco), and an MA in Ethics & Social Theory (GTU). He has a number of published essays and books.


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Strength is often mistaken as a weapon to be used to subdue one’s enemy and make others into one’s subjects. The Prophet, however, saw the truth of the matter, which was that strength and power are responsibilities given to a person as a test from God to see whether or not he/she will abuse them.…

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Should compulsion—rather than conviction—play a role in realizing the ideal of a virtuous community? Is there a role for the “policing” of other people’s religious belief and morality? 

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Women’s rights should definitively remain a major concern of Muslims. But challenging the feminist epistemic should not be seen as a direct challenge to the legitimate pursuit of women’s rights and social empowerment.

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Police officers neither make laws nor determine their constitutionality. But, they do something just as—if not more—significant. They enforce them. What happens when an officer selectively enforces laws? What happens when he chooses not to arrest a friend but to detain a foe? What happens when the…

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Muslim scholars would serve the religion better by re-characterizing what was classically referred to as “apostasy” as its true meaning, which is “defection.” 

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When it comes to the subject of building a strong(er) Muslim family, it is important that we not only value what it means to share a home. We must also value the meaning of what it means to be “Muslim” in a Muslim family.

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Removing the confusion of today cannot be simply by trying to weed out who is “qualified” to speak for Islam and who is not. And, it will definitely not be removed through indiscriminate violence against innocents. I believe that the following steps need to be taken.

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Many times a person neglecting an essential Islamic practice or justifying a sin will say, “Allah knows my heart", or"He knows my intention.” But what does it mean to follow one’s conscience or take a fatwa from one’s heart?

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As long as there is no agreement on what indigenization of Muslims in America looks like in the end, we will continue to clash as a community on various levels. 

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Abdullah bin Hamid Ali comments on the hadith of the Prophet, "Do Not Be Angry", with advice on how to control our anger.

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