Hayya Alal Falah

Whoever knocks persistently, ends by entering. Ali ibn Abi Talib (RA) My journey in faith and Islam has been a challenging one. By nature, I’m the type of person to be skeptical of what others tell me. I’m curious and contemplative, but I’m far from a blind adherent to any ideological stance. To commit myself […]

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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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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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A Heretical Mind

  The religious geniuses of all ages have been distinguished by this kind of religious feeling, which knows no dogma and no God conceived in man’s image; so that there can be no church whose central teachings are based on it. Hence it is precisely among the heretics of every age that we find men […]

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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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A Man’s World

The Prophet said that women totally dominate men of intellect and possessors of hearts. But ignorant men dominate women, for they are shackled by an animal ferocity. They have no kindness, gentleness or love, since animality dominates their nature. Love and kindness are human attributes; anger and sensuality belong to the animals. She is the […]

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Ramadan Musings: Day 9

  Democracy is in the blood of Musalmans, who look upon complete equality of manhood [mankind]…[and] believe in fraternity, equality and liberty. Muhammad Ali Jinnah After staying away from politics for a long time, I’ve reinvested myself into that arena of late. In high school and the first years of college, I was quite politically […]

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