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ICNA 2019: US Muslim Experiences in Fighting White Supremacy

Since the Trump election,  US Muslims increasingly seek to understand better white supremacist systems leading to his presidency, the growth of hate crimes in the country as well as global violence like the New Zealand terrorist attack. At the ICNA 2019 national convention, held in Washington DC, April 19th-21st, Cleveland City Councilman Basheer Jones and …

Christchurch Attacks: Shedding Light on History of NZ Muslims

The Islamophobic attack on March 15 which killed 50 Muslim New Zealanders in Christchurch city and fatally injured many others has shed a worldwide spotlight on the Muslim community of the remote Pacific nation. According to The Conversation, Muslims make up just over 1% of New Zealand’s population. Historical accounts document that Islam first arrived …

Help in Times of Hardship

How to Offer Meaningful Help to Someone in Times of Hardship

Recently, my dear friend and sister in Islam suffered a terrible loss.  When I contacted her to see how she was doing, she confided that her pain was even greater because she was feeling forgotten by the local Muslim community. Even though her sad news had been traveling around  by word of mouth and via …

Investing in Youth Development: Why and How?

Investing in Youth Development: Why and How?

Why youth development is important? The Muslim society in the US is displaying a ‘youth bulge’ as opposed to the non-Muslim population in the country. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, the Muslim American population is much younger, on average, than the non-Muslim population.  59% of adult Muslims are between 18 …

The Truth about Intercultural Marriage - First Hand Experiences

The Truth about Intercultural Marriage - First-Hand Experiences

Intercultural marriages are completely allowed in Islam. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) even encouraged the believers to give less weight to things like culture, race, beauty, and wealth, in order to find a mate based on a compatible level of faith. When considering a spouse for an Islamic marriage, the main thing to look …

Youth Challenges: Today and During the Prophet's Time

Youth Challenges: Today and During Prophet's Time

Even though circumstances are different, youth challenges remain the same. This includes young Companions during the Prophet’s time and youths today. In this video, Sheikh Hussain Kamani reflects on the connection between the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his young Companions. Finding Solutions What did the Companions do?  Who did they return to? …

4 Steps to More Effective Mosques

Beautiful Walls & Empty Halls? 4 Steps to More Effective Mosques

How can we create and maintain effective mosques? Muslims are the youngest religious demographic in the US. Yet, similar to other respective religious organizations, mosques today are not able to capture the fascination of the younger generation. Imam Mohamed Abutaleb addressed this issue during the 15th MAS-ICNA Convention. In this lecture, He maintains that the solution lies …

Muslim gentleman

Are You a ‘Muslim’ Gentleman?

More often than not, when we hear lectures around gender roles and responsibilities in Islam, these pertain to women. In the very few instances that we hear a lecture dealing with men or male responsibility, it’s done in a way where there is criticism, but no discussion of solution. We’re really good at pointing out …



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