Tag Archives: Islam

Abou Ben Adhem. A poem by Leigh Hunt

Ibrahim ibn Adham was one of the early ascetics in Islamic history. According to legend, he gave up his throne in order to live a life of a simple worshiper. Whether or not that’s historically accurate, Ibrahim ibn Adham is particularly known for his exhortations towards piety, simple living, and focus on worship. The poem below was written by Leigh Hunt, …

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Lessons in Fatherhood from Ibrahim alayhis salaam

When the Prophet ﷺ was blessed with a baby boy in Madinah, he had to make the decision that every new parent must make–choosing a name. Out of all the names that he could have chosen, the Prophet ﷺ chose a name that had a special place in his heart. He chose the name Ibrahim, saying “I have named my son Ibrahim …

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Islamic Etiquette of being a Guest

A few months ago, we had an article on how to be a good host. There’s also the flipside to that, however. How can you be a good guest? While Islamically, there is a strong emphasis on being a good host, that doesn’t mean that we have no guidelines for being a good guest. A lot of this will vary …

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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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How to Host a Guest

If there’s one thing that Muslims are known for around the world, it’s our hospitality. While other aspects of our respective cultures may have begun to wither away, Muslims continue to proudly uphold the legacy of hospitality that’s been passed down to us through the ages. True hospitality is more than just providing a guest with a bed for the night. As …

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To MSA or Not to MSA? The Muslim Man’s Guide to College Part X

Before I started college, it seemed everyone had some advice to give me. Much of it was contradictory but one piece of advice remained constant no matter who it came from. “Join the Muslim Students Association in your college. It’ll foster your iman and give you a good group of people to hang around with.” I took that advice to …

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Haroun Al Raschid – A poem by Abul ‘Atahiya rewritten by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The son of the Abassid Caliph al-Mahdi and a Yemeni slave girl, Harun al-Rashid became caliph during the peak of what is known as the Islamic Golden Age. During his rule, Baghdad grew into the greatest city of the world. The historian Mas’udi writes that shortly before the death of Harun al-Rashid, he was reading poetry about the ephemeral nature …

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Imam al-Layth’s letter to Imam Mālik

For the context of this letter, please refer to this post. — In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Form al-Layth b. Sa`d to Mālik b. Anas. I salute you with peace and praise Allah besides whom there is no God. May Allah grant prosperity to us both, and bless us with the good in this world and …

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Imam Mālik’s letter to Imam al-Layth

Of the most famous intellectual rivalries in Islamic history is the rivalry of Imam Mālik ibn Anas and Imam al-Layth ibn Sa’d. Both were tremendous legal scholars, both founded a madhab, and both were intellectual powerhouses. More importantly, both were men of impeccable adab and held each other in the utmost respect. Ibn al Qayyim al-Jawziyyah records some correspondence between …

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