The New Kalam April 14, 2017

Working in office situation

Ilm al-Kalām, the term applied to theology in classical Islam, occupies an interesting place in our history. Much more than law (fiqh), its intellectual counterpart, theology became the focus of the nascent Islamic civilization’s conversation with the world around it. .


Politically Speaking, Who Am I, And What Do I Want As An American Muslim?* January 3, 2017

Constitution

When the Prophet Muhammad moved from Mecca to Medina, he declared that the Muslims and the rest of the inhabitants of his new home constituted an ummah. This is explicitly, not implicitly, laid out in the so-called Constitution or Ṣaḥīfah of Medina.


Discussing Controversy: Hamza Yusuf at RIS December 27, 2016

I still remember my first encounter with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. I was an 18yr old newly-minted convert attending a Nawawi Foundation event in Chicago. Initially unsure of what to expect, I sat spellbound….


The Election of Donald Trump: A Referendum on Liberalism? November 13, 2016

I am not a political conservative, at least not in the American tradition of that brand. First, conservatives tend to be “no-men” who merely act as brakes on liberal progress…


And Now Medina: Beyond the Elephant’s Shadow July 9, 2016

Medina

I do not know the specific grievance that drove the suicide bomber to his despicable deed in our beloved Medina, Islam’s second holiest city. I suspect, however, that it had something to do with some perceived decline in…


After Ali: The American Muslim Community Between Principle & Interest June 15, 2016

Jackson Funeral Muhammad Ali

The funeral and memorial service of our beloved champion Muhammad Ali has inspired the American Muslim community and spawned a new sense of possibility. The explicit and heartfelt national recognition of Ali’s legacy more


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