Rahaf Mohammad and the Western saviour complex

Aisha Hasan Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed finally landed in Canada this week. Met at the airport by supporters and well-wishers, she smiled and waved, sporting a Canada hoodie and UN baseball cap as cameras flashed around her. Allegedly escaping abuse by her parents, the teen’s request for asylum was advanced by Canadian authorities, after days of international media coverage. Rahaf’s story could not be more … Continue reading Rahaf Mohammad and the Western saviour complex

Book List #1 – January ‘19

Check out the first edition of our monthly book list, a roundup of four book recommendations related to Islam, politics, social issues, and anything else we think is worth reading. The monthly list will include books whose authors or ideas we may or may not agree with, but that we find interesting and useful for generating discussion. Have a title you think we should read? … Continue reading Book List #1 – January ‘19

Sudan, protests & ‘armchair activism’

Shaima Dallali In the summer of 2016, I visited Sudan with my family. I thought it would be a normal trip, doing the regular things one does when visiting their homeland and relatives – however, this particular visit made me see Sudan in a different light. That year, I decided to get involved with the local community and youth groups – to hearing and exchange experiences … Continue reading Sudan, protests & ‘armchair activism’

The evolution of the Hadith science

Marzuqa Karima Read the first of this series here: An introduction to the history of Hadith compilation As the generation of the companions drew to a close, their successors rose to carry the mantle of the prophetic tradition and continue the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad. As elucidated previously, there are two factors to consider which emerged as a result of the socio-political conditions in … Continue reading The evolution of the Hadith science

Do we choose to be ignorant?

Sarah Bellal I often feel as though we’re keeping our eyes shut and waiting for someone to turn on the lights. As the Muslim diaspora grows, so too do we grow distant from the ummah’s centers of knowledge. Comprising the most privileged tiers of a globalized society, few would call Muslims in the West uneducated. Yet countless Muslims go through higher education in the West, … Continue reading Do we choose to be ignorant?