Islamic Matters

Response to Violence Overseas

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in Featured, Hot Topics, International Affairs, Media, Prophet Muhammad | 5 comments

Response to Violence Overseas

What is my response to the recent violence overseas? Well, it depends who I’m addressing: To my Muslim brothers and sisters, I say: The violence is wrong, and only helps the cause of those who want to insult Islam and the Prophet (pbuh). To the media and all those who’d like to make the world believe that Muslims are flipping out over cartoons and movies, I say: This anger wasn’t born a week ago over a movie. It is rooted in decades of humiliation and oppression. To employ the old cliche, the cartoons and movies just serve as straws that break the camel’s back. Photo...

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A Reflection on Victory and Defeat

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 in Featured, Journal, Overcoming Hardships, Quotes, Qur'an, Quranic Reflections, Spirituality, Yasmin's Online Journal | 7 comments

A Reflection on Victory and Defeat

Reflect on this: When did the victory come? When they admit defeat. Not to the creation. To God. Then victory came. Not from the creation. From God. [See Quran (54: 10-15), (21: 87-88), (7:23), (21: 83-84) and duaa of Muhammad (SAW) after Taif]

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Islam Does Not Accept Domestic Abuse

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in Domestic Affairs, Family, Islamic Matters, Journal, Marriage & Family, Prophet Muhammad, Relationships, Spouse, Yasmin's Online Journal | 3 comments

To those who tell you to be silent and have ‘patience’ about abuse, know that the Prophet (pbuh) said:”Help your brother if he is an oppressor or oppressed.” A man said, “Messenger of Allah, I can help him if he is oppressed but tell me how I can help him if he is the oppressor?” He said, “Prevent him from oppressing. That is helping him.” [Sahih Bukhari]

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Houston Illumination Speech

Posted by on Mar 10, 2012 in Before Marriage, Featured, Gender Relations, Islamic Matters, Spiritual Purification, Spirituality, With the Divine | 33 comments

Houston Illumination Speech

A speech I gave at a conference in Houston on March 10, 2012 (my birthday):   A few years ago today—we wont talk about how many years—but a few years ago today, I was born. And while a lot of people get into the theological debate about celebrating or not celebrating birthdays, I want to step outside of that for a moment. And look at something else. Some time ago, I had a realization. As young people, and then not so young people, many spend their birthdays waiting for people to celebrate them. As children they can’t wait to receive gifts and get heartbroken if someone forgets to...

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Be Muslim–But Only in Moderation

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Hot Topics, International Affairs, Islamic Matters, Media, Other | 3 comments

In his first 2004 presidential debate, Senator John Kerry began the night in the favor-of-the-day. Answering his first question, Kerry explained that America needed to isolate the “radical Islamic Muslims”. “I have a better plan to be able to fight the war on terror by … beginning to isolate the radical Islamic Muslims, not have them isolate the United States of America.” At first, the statement sounded redundant-even uneducated. A Muslim is, by definition, a follower of Islam, and is therefore, by definition, “Islamic”. Saying “Islamic...

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Why do people have to leave each other?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2011 in Brotherhood & Sisterhood, Featured, Islamic Character, Overcoming Hardships, Reflections, Spiritual Purification, Spouse | 85 comments

Why do people have to leave each other?

Why Do People Have to Leave Each Other? Part I | Part II When I was 17 years old, I had a dream. I dreamt that I was sitting inside a masjid and a little girl walked up to ask me a question. She asked me: “Why do people have to leave each other?” The question was a personal one, but it seemed clear to me why the question was chosen for me. . I was one to get attached. . Ever since I was a child, this temperament was clear. While other children in preschool could easily recover once their parents left, I could not. My tears, once set in motion, did not stop easily. As I grew up, I...

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