Itahr, or selflessness, is one of the noble qualities emphasized in Islam. One who is selfless places concern for others above concern for himself. The selfless person is generous with his time and freely lends aid and support to others. The opposite of selflessness is selfishness, which involves being concerned with one’s own well-being without regard for the …More
Dr. Irshad Altheimer
Dr. Irshad Altheimer is a professor of criminal justice at Rochester Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University. Originally from Tacoma, Washington; he accepted Islam in December of 2000. Since accepting Islam, he has been actively involved in the Muslim community. He currently resides in Rochester, New York with his wife and two children.
For Muslims living in the West, questions concerning civic engagement with the broader society abound. Should we engage? If so, how should we engage? And what should be the basis of our engagement? Fortunately for us, Allah the Exalted has not left us without guidance on this issue. A careful examination of the Qur’an and Sunnah …More
It was the 12th year after the commission of the Prophet’s mission. Muslims had endured tremendous hardship at the hands of Quraish, yet they remained steadfast in their faith. The seeds of belief had firmly taken root in the hearts of the believers, yet the realization of Islam at a societal level was stymied by …More