Perspectives

My Arbaeen Walk Travelogue: ‘This Was Our Training Ground’ 

In the Name of God Most Gracious Most Merciful In November 2017, I was fortunate enough to be one of around 14 million followers of Imam Husayn (a) who participated in the Arbaeen pilgrimage in Iraq. The journey from the City of Najaf to Karbala was through the Iraqi countryside. It was a difficult walk, …

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Capitalism’s beef with hijab

“Female empowerment,” “influencer,” “hijabi vlogger.” You’ve probably heard these words from major corporations, politicians and celebrities quite often. But are these words truly used to show respect and value to women? Or are there other motives behind it? For example, American billionaire and major social media influencer, Kim Kardashian, is one such celebrity who rose …

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Muslim representation in positions of power…big deal?

Featured image: (StockSnap/Pixabay) When President Joe Biden nominated the first ever Muslim for the position of U.S. Federal Judge on March 30, 2021, many hailed it as a “significant” move, claiming that it shows how “Muslims are becoming integrated within systems of change in the United States.” This kind of identity politics assumes that someone …

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This is what the sanctioning of Al-Mustafa University really means for the Muslim community

Based on a lecture by Shaykh Usama Abdulghani The Trump administration has made yet another blunder in early December 2020 by sanctioning the Al-Mustafa International University in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is important to dissect what this really means and what the responsibilities of Muslims are in this situation. Many Islamic scholars have …

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