Islam

Islam the Art of Quranic Calligraphy

Quranic, or Islamic, calligraphy is a special form of artistic writing using the Arabic script. Calligraphy took on prominence in Islamic societies because pictures of people and animals can contravene …

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Reflections my Hejab my Crown

Hijab: In Arabic, meaning barrier or partition In Islam, however, it has a broader meaning. It is the principle of modesty and includes behavior as well as dress for both …

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Petitioning for Halal Foods

Getting Halal Foods in our Grocery Stores With the number of Muslims in the US growing by leaps and bounds over the past several years (a reported average of about …

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Eid Prayers Mosque

Eid unity and moments of euphoria Since moving to the United States from Pakistan ten years ago, Eid to me seemed to be a day tinged with sadness. This was …

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Conditions of the shahada

Many Muslims, both new Muslims and those who grew up with Islam, take the words in the shahada for granted or simply don’t take the time to truly grasp the …

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Medieval Islamic Economics

Great minds and their works have been known to be lost to the mists of time, whether by intent or accident. Perhaps they were buried in a natural disaster, such …

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An Islamic response to abortion

“And kill not your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Surely, the killing of them is a great sin.”  The Noble Qur’an Al-Israa 17:31 …

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Islamic Threat to the West

Is Islam a threat? The word propaganda comes to mind here… In the West, we generally associate propaganda with state-controlled media in the old Soviet Union or Red China. We …

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Why does Islam Forbid Alcohol

There are several verses in the Qur’an that expressly decry the use of alcohol. In 4.43, the Qur’an forbids going to prayers while intoxicated. This is a general prohibition, referring …

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Defining your Relationship with Allah

“As-salamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatul lahi wa barakatuh!” “A-uthu billahi minash shaytanir rajeem. Bismillahir rahmanir raheem. Al hamduillah lillahi nahmaduhu wanastagh-firuhu, wanatoobu ilayhi, wan’oothu. billaahi min shuroori an fusinaa, wamin sayyati …

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Muslim Cities Urumchi

Beauty of Urumchi Considering the great importance of history and tradition in Islam, it’s no surprise that inspecting the history and culture of its greatest cities awards a deep and …

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Islamism is Terror and Death

The United States has a long history fighting the ‘ism.’ Nazism, Communism, Marxism, Fascism, Socialism, Racism, etc… Yet the most dangerous ‘ism’ of them all continues the silent war of …

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