Monthly Archives: November 2016

Book Review: A Commentary on the Depiction of Prophet Muhammad

Overall Rating 5/5: Strongly Recommend Considering the importance and wide acceptance of Imam at-Tirmidhi’s famous book Shamā’il Muhammadiyyah, it is not surprising that several English translations have been undertaken in the last decade. Unlike a seerah book which gives a chronological narrative of the Prophet ﷺ’s life, the Shama’il consists of 399 narrations which give snapshots of  the appearance, manners, …

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The Prophet ﷺ’s dua at Taif

After a decade of preaching in Makkah, the Prophet ﷺ had lost his uncle and his wife and was still rejected by tribesmen. In an attempt to find a more receptive audience, the Prophet ﷺ traveled to Taif, hoping that his message would find a home in the oasis city. Instead, he was rudely insulted by the city leaders and then …

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Islam and a Culture of Victimhood

Donald Trump’s election to president of the US has galvanized social media. Most importantly, it has brought to the forefront a certain mentality that has been insidiously finding a home in the collective Muslim conscience.  In an article published in the journal of Comparative Sociology, two researchers, Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning, wrote about the emergence of what they termed …

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How to Explain Shari’ah

This is a modified version of a post I wrote about two years ago on the subreddit “AskReddit”. It’s based on a presentation I gave at my local masjid about Shari’ah. At the time that I gave this presentation, an orchestrated campaign by a Brooklyn lawyer demonizing Shari’ah had prompted several states to sponsor anti-Shari’ah legislation. While the topic is no longer …

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