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Being without a smartphone was about so much more than detaching from the nafsee-self — it was a call for reattaching to the heart.

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The disruptive effects of Ramadan on our sleep pattern are well-known. Short-term spiritual adrenaline alone may help mitigate the effects briefly, but typically it is followed by a crash of fatigue, often at the times we want to be increasing our spiritual efforts. Persevering throughout the month…

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Our time is increasingly filled with the preoccupations of, well, occupations. And smart phones, social media, food, and endless to-do lists. And, for some of us, children. Many who develop spiritual interests while young are challenged by how to maintain that desire once we become parents.…

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As students of Islamic knowledge return home to the West, they find themselves having to draw a fine balance between the pedestal and the pulpit; between seeking popularity, with all its spiritual risks, as a means of forwarding their own efforts in dawah, and serving the community in a more…

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I never thought that I’d be a shaikh’s wife. Somehow, even though I grew up with a passion for studying Islam, and made sure to marry someone who had that too, I never pictured myself getting married to be known as the ‘wife of Shaikh So and so.’ As I reminisce on the years studying abroad, I can…

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As we continue to debate the future of the American Muslim story, especially at this critical juncture, we must first realize that simply throwing around buzz-words like “narrative” and “storytelling” will not be enough. We need a systematic and focused effort to record, examine, and share the many…

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In a new America under the governance of Donald Trump, demands for our mosques to act in the public arena — from both our community members who are legitimately feeling great pressure, and our allies who want to support us — are likely to intensify. In this context, our leadership must…

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There is a lack of clarity in American Muslim discussion as to what CVE is. I put forth a definition and description of CVE as a concept to inform and inject greater clarity into American Muslim community conversations on the topic, so communities are making better informed decisions by hearing…

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Eid al-Adha is not only about Qurbani, but faith, family and sacrifice. By reading the narrative of Ibrahim and his son intertextually, we can better appreciate how the Qur’an views “sacrifice” and understand the larger lessons that the scripture conveys. 

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Wandering Seventh Avenue, looking for a sign, I sought natural beauty, a reminder of the Divine. I was a commoner searching for the artist through His art. But where was I less than 24 hours from the Tazkiyah Retreat that I needed something in His creation to remind me of Him?  Whenever is He…

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Character strengthens the Muslim’s spiritual life. In Islam, the circle acts as a constant metaphor: just as character builds one’s Islam, so does Islam build character. And of character, Islam - practiced with the same deliberation and integrity of action portrayed by Imam al-Haddad - builds…

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Sabah Muktar, an undergraduate student, was chosen to introduce President Obama at his historic visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore last month. She shared her thoughts of the experience with ImanWire.

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I am listening to the sounds of the birds I wish I am a bird I am looking at the stillness of a rock I wish I am a rock

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I was never raised to think about me, me, me. But in a world that has become so prevalent with tragedies, in a world where those who claim to be of my faith begin to terrorize for reasons I cannot even begin to fathom, I have begun to use “I” more and more. More, because I now feel as if I am being…

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I left home at an early age. I remember the others kids around me; they cried the first night. I didn’t. Though calm on the outside, I felt a gaping hole inside me that eventually went away as I adjusted to my new reality. Nearly 30 years later, I felt that way again for the just the second…

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On my way home, while walking on the usual cobbled path, I stepped down on a grassy plot. I saw a tiny fragment of a leaf lying on my way. I was about to step on it, when it cried, “Stop! Don’t do that.”

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Every believer has a personal journey in maintaining their spiritual health in a world that is filled with distractions. But, the victorious are those who shun the puppets in the cave—as described in Plato’s Republic—and make God the King of their heart.

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It was an entire weekend dedicated to the remembrance of our beloved Prophet Muhammad. The presence of our beloved Prophet ﷺ could be felt filling the room, his essence taking up the space the idle chatter had been occupying just moments before.

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Certainty in the Day of Judgment is not a negative, fear-engendering, over-powering, or depressing feeling, but rather it is uniquely empowering.

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The podcast Serial has riveted millions of listeners throughout the world. As it now comes to an end, here are some of the broader lessons we can reflect upon as a Muslim community.  

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