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All over the Americas, Muslim Africans wrote the Qur'an and other sacred texts from memory, distributed selections to the faithful, converted others, and established networks.  What is pertinent to us as we contemplate our own legacy as American Muslims is what will remain of our contributions and…

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While Arabic has its unique qualities, its sacred status as the “language of the Qur’an” does not mean that it is necessarily the language of Islam. However, it seems that many of our fellow Muslims speak of the universality of Islam while at the same time emphasizing the particularity of Arabic…

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The Olympics are finally here! They give a chance for everyone to set aside politics, grudges, and the difficulties of life to celebrate human dignity and sportsmanship, and to cheer for the best achievers in a fair competition. Unfortunately, the anticipation of such emotional warmth is…

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The conversations stirred by recent literature, like Salaam, Love,  only mimic what has been whispered in our homes and houses of worship for decades: Muslim American culture is shifting. These tell-all intimate portraits, exorcizing communal guilt and shame,  may serve to "humanize” Muslims and…

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We are different in our makeup, different in our experiences. It is impossible to conceive of a world in which we are all alike. For a person of faith, this plurality is deliberate, not simply an accident. It is part of the Divine plan and its purpose is to get humanity together to collaborate and…

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We do not have to have an array of powers to save the world but we should take an opportunity to evaluate our humanistic ideals. What can we do in our everyday lives to contribute? We can remember that those who are merciful through showing compassion to those on earth, such as humans, animals,…

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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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There is no doubt that, as of late, many Muslim women have decided to remove their head-scarves, despite a consensus among scholars that hijab is required. Oftentimes, when modesty as a virtue is discussed within our communities, the discussion almost always exclusively surrounds the modesty of…

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As we begin the calendar year of 2014, many of us will reflect on the previous year and contemplate ways to enrich our lives. Among the most common resolutions made around this time are those directly related to self-improvement such as weight loss, exercise and healthier eating, knowledge…

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The past decade or so has seen a growth of interest in the Muslim ‘cultural imperative.’  What will American Muslim culture look like? And what determines its validity?  What makes a culture what it is?

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