Podcast Ep. 23: American Muslim Exceptionalism | Butheina Hamdah

Which comes first: nation or ummah? On Ep. 23, Butheina Hamdah joins us to discuss her research on American Muslim exceptionalism. We examine the impact of American exceptionalism on the Muslim psyche, as well as how American Muslims perceive the broader ummah. As calls for an indigenous Islam in America gain traction, questions of nationalism’s compatibility with an ummatic worldview come to the fore. Butheina … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 23: American Muslim Exceptionalism | Butheina Hamdah

A Meditation on Death in Istanbul

Xiwen Yang This short piece has its origin in my grandmother’s passing, who lived her whole life in a small town in south-western China and left for another realm in 2019, may Allah forgive her. Throughout my childhood, she protected my spirit, stirred my imagination, and cheered for my pursuits. I miss her, night and day. Her departure weighs on my heart and forces me … Continue reading A Meditation on Death in Istanbul

Book List: Muslim Fiction

Ayah Aboelela Creatively using words to inspire Islamic values holds a long tradition. Perhaps one of the earliest examples is when the Prophet ﷺ encouraged Hassān ibn Thābit to compose poetry, saying “Verily Ruh-ul- Qudus would continue to help you so long as you put up a defence on behalf of Allah and His Messenger.”[1] However, in the modern era, novels with Muslim characters are … Continue reading Book List: Muslim Fiction

Podcast Ep. 22: How to Win Shahadas and Influence People

The ummah of Islam is growing, as are efforts to spread its message. Though da’wah is often seen as an outward-facing effort, the way it is conducted has serious implications for the faith of Muslims themselves. In this episode, new TQP staff members join the podcast to share their experiences with local da’wah culture, the online scene, da’wah training, and interfaith in non-Muslim majority societies. … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 22: How to Win Shahadas and Influence People

Makkah: The Commodification of a City

Aisha Hasan Home to the most sacred mosque on Earth, the city of Makkah holds a special place in the hearts of all Muslims. Throughout Islamic history it has a held a nostalgia, not only as the beloved homeland of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, but also as home to the Prophets Ibrahim and Ismail. For centuries, pilgrims have flocked to Makkah during the Hajj season, … Continue reading Makkah: The Commodification of a City