Reel Talk: “Love God, the Messenger, and Eddie Murphy???” January 17, 2018

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Eddie Murphy, a romantic comedy, and Islam are a highly improbable combination. Nonetheless, Boomerang which features Murphy as Marcus, an advertising executive who happens to be an indecisive playboy, does offer a powerful scene from which we might glean a few insights…


And God Knows the Believers November 16, 2017

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I don’t use the word kāfir; well, at least not in public… Indeed, this word has come to represent much of what both American Muslims and non-Muslims find unsettling about public religion: intolerance and chauvinism.  


Reel Talk: Braveheart “Uncivil Virtue” October 4, 2017

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A historically revised European hero whose exploits are overblown; hmm, where have we seen this before? Nonetheless, midway through Braveheart there is an unforgettable scene…


Introducing Reel Talk: w/ Ust Ubaydullah September 12, 2017

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“Mish mumkin li wāhid amrīkī an ya’īsha bidūn al-aflām!”

The quotation above, transliterated from semi-colloquial Egyptian Arabic, reads “It’s impossible for an American to live without movies!” Offered by a professor at al-Azhar University in response to an American student’s question…


ALIM Summer Program 2017 Wrap Up August 22, 2017

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Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans shares his thoughts about spirituality as the ALIM Summer Program wraps up for 2017…


The Hunger of Ramadan June 4, 2017

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Let’s face it; it’s about being hungry. In spite of much insightful commentary on prayer and connection to the Qur’an being the true purpose of the holy month, in our minds, and if not, certainly in our stomachs, hunger remains the most salient feature of Ramadan