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By Moutasem Atiya & Hasan Awan, M.D. It is probably the most common New Year’s resolution. We have likely made it ourselves, or have heard it from countless friends and family. It goes something like "This year I will lose weight and get fit." The stampede to the gym ensues, and about three…

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Disability Awareness Month recently passed and it would behoove us for a moment to think about how Islam and Muslims view individuals with disabilities.  There are specific conditions such as blindness, deafness, etc. that can lead to certain disadvantages – but it is up to our society to ensure…

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Mandela did not just speak for the freedom of South Africans. He spoke for all those who were marginalized and oppressed, even when it was unpopular to do so. Even when he and his people were in the weakest position of all, he remained an advocate for the oppressed throughout the world. His world…

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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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I'm sure most people on Facebook have already seen the video--hijabi hipsters (really we should just call them hipsters with head scarves, because contrary to popular conception, hijab is more than the scarf) basically loitering and doing nothing with pop music in the background. We have a…

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Modern society and science have a terrible habit of concerning themselves with the physical, perceptible world, while turning a blind eye to the more powerful world of the unseen. In reality, slavery is more than chains and shackles, sweatshops and prostitution rings. The physical component of…

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In the city of Bursa, the Ulu Camii is famous for its 192 inscriptions that adorn its walls, considered amongst the greatest examples of Islamic calligraphy. At its center, however, lies a fountain which to this day is a great example of the relationship between leadership, responsibility,…

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He called people to realize this existence through love. He saw that love is only real when it leads to the One.  Mawlana Rumi loved Allah. To him, love was the means, not the goal! Al-Madina's group, now visiting Turkey on their spiritual tour, made a stop in Konya to visit Mawlana Rumi. Here…

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The classic Talaa AlBadr, the song commemorating the arrival of the Prophet in Madina, remixed with additional lyrics to reflect the state of the hearts, pain, hope, and immense love of the Prophet that Muslims feel. It is through this love that we connect with ourselves, the community, and most…

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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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