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Different Religious Opinions... Why and Which Is Acceptable?

Different Religious Opinions... Why and Which Is Acceptable?

We are all surrounded with different opinions about life. When it comes to religious opinions, this is no different. It would be of benefit to understand why there are differences about certain religious practices. Different Religious Opinions What makes an opinion valid or invalid? How do Muslims today deal with the confusion of so many voices …

Why Are Young Muslims So Unhappy?

Why Are Young Muslims So Unhappy?

Why are young Muslims so unhappy today? In a time full of difficulties and challenges facing Muslims almost everywhere, it is critical to pay attention to the youth’s morale and find out the real reasons behind the widespread sense of dissatisfaction. How do the ways adopted by Western Muslim parents in raising their kids exasperate …

When to Stop Eating... Determining the Times of Fajr and Imsak

When to Stop Eating... Determining the Times of Fajr and Imsak

The following essay is an attempt to clarify the issue of al-fajr al-sadiq (the true dawn) and the cut-off point for suhur (the pre-dawn meal), in light of the Qur’an, the authentic traditions, and the sound practices of the companions, their successors, and the venerable imams and scholars. The Spirit of Ease in Shari`ah Let me …

Why America Needs Ramadan Lifestyle

Why America Needs Ramadan Lifestyle

I think it is about time that American Muslims  and Muslim minorities in general flip the script and change the narrative about our values, religion, and existence in the western hemisphere. It’s about time that we stop being apologetic and defensive, but in return highlight why the world cannot function well without us and without …

Ramadan: Best Time to Ban Smoking?

Ramadan: Best Time to Ban Smoking

I vividly remember once, I saw an Imam inhaling the last few tokes of a cigarette while making his way into the masjid to lead the Zuhr prayer. In another masjid, a smoker joined the congregation and stood right next to me. I presume, like the Imam, this neighbour had just taken puffs of a …

Question as Old as Time: Who Created God?

Question as Old as Time: Who Created God?

Who created God? Everything has a source or beginning. Who created the heavens and earth? What does time mean? What is the primary source of time and space? We all aspire to attain a deeper understanding of the universe and its beginning.  In short, we all want to know what the origin of everything is. Just when …

Concept of People of the Book in Islam

Concept of People of the Book in Islam

We sometimes tend to use expressions at a general level without paying attention to their religious, or social boundaries. As generality generates ambiguity, this article will explore the meaning of the term ‘People of the Book’, highlighting its origins in the Qur’an and discussing, in brief, the usage and themes associated with it in the …

"Why Are Muslims So Backward?" A Youth Wonders

"Why Are Muslims So Backward?" A Youth Wonders

The other day a young man came to me in the MSA and asked me a very difficult question. Like many people of our generation, he was struggling to make sense of what is happening in the world today; why the Muslim world was always in the news, typically in a negative manner? His question …

The Campus-Masjid Convergence in Islam

I felt the need of writing this article in the aftermath of Malaysia’s 14th general election in  May 2018 (GE14) when the second time Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s choice of Dr Maszlee Malik as the country’s Education Minister created controversy among some people. Dr Maszlee is a political scientist and an expert in …

Bitcoin Halal or Haram? There Are Other Important Questions

Bitcoin: Beyond Questions of Halal and Haram

If you want to appreciate how Islam is more than just a religion of technical laws, look at the fuss surrounding Bitcoin. Most folks are obsessed with just one question: IS BITCOIN HALAL?! What do they mean by that? Well, it seems folks aren’t sure whether it is permissible to invest in something which isn’t …



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