Rehumanizing the Ummah

  Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of […]

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A City Upon a Hill

  He who follows a path in quest of knowledge, Allah will make the path of Paradise easy to him. The angels lower their wings over the seeker of knowledge, being pleased with what he does. The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth and even the fish in the depth of the oceans seek […]

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Fi Sabilillah

  Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden […]

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The Awara Generation

  To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society. Theodore Roosevelt Less than a generation ago, I’d have been considered a blasphemer and a degenerate of the highest degree. In my native Urdu, the best word to use is awara. It describes someone who is […]

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Politics and Pina Coladas

    We live in interesting times. I’m constantly reading and trying to keep up to date with all of the world’s happenings. Getting to the heart of a matter and developing insights takes a great deal of time and thought. Once in a while, I like to get my thoughts written down. Here’s a […]

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Pigs

  Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass There was a time in my life when I wanted to grow up […]

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Young Angry Men

He who angers you, controls you. Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib I read an article today by the impeccable Jeremy Scahill today chronicling the grievances of “Ibrahim,” a twenty-something Westerner of Somali origin who returned to the Horn of Africa to join the terrorist faction Al-Shabaab. The group has carried out hundreds of attacks over […]

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