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Kamran Riaz

Dr. Kamran Riaz has a uniquely indigenous background in Islamic studies. Before high school, he completed memorization of the Qur’an at the Institute of Islamic Education in Illinois. He graduated from University of Illinois in Chicago with dual degrees in Economics and Middle Eastern History. He studies and teaches classes at Darul Qasim, an institute for classical Islamic knowledge in Illinois, and also leads taraweeh prayers and conducts classes at the Downtown Islamic Center. He obtained a doctorate of medicine degree from UIC College of Medicine, and completed his ophthalmology training at Northwestern University and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas). He works and resides in the western suburbs of Chicago with his wife and daughter.


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Just as our Prophet never lost control of his emotional state, we too must strive to keep a level head during these times of madness. It’s a matter of perspective: we can either choose to be nervous and afraid or we can continue to take solace and remain positive. In the end, we can only focus on…

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To bring in the power of the Divine, the power of nothingness must be given up in return. Our grandmother Hajar understood this and so must we.

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Ramadan and Hajj are examples of times and events when God wishes to break us of our cycles, embrace the abstract and become totally dependent upon Him. 

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It has become popular and commonplace to cast the immigrant uncles as a major problem with our communities. Social media feeds, speeches and common conversations are filled with an invective directed against the immigrant uncle as a backward, over-the-hill figure that doesn’t understand the needs…

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Instead of being preoccupied with the question, “how dare they insult the Prophet?”, we should ask ourselves, “how dare we insult the Prophet?” 

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