Trials of our time: Surah Kahf revisited

Sarah B. Many of the insights and facts in this article were extracted from Shaykh Faraz Khan’s lecture series on the tafsir of Surah al-Kahf. The miracles of the Qur’an are apparent at every level of its composition–from the etymology of every word, to the lessons in every story, to the organization of each chapter and the Book as a whole. Surah al-Kahf, the Chapter … Continue reading Trials of our time: Surah Kahf revisited

Dismantling the myths of Ahlul Dhimma

Narratives purporting the brutality of Islam have been peddled by many groups throughout history. This discourse, often steered by anti-Islamic critics, denotes images of bloodthirsty, power-hungry Muslims mercilessly invading peaceful lands, enforcing onerous taxes to oppress the disbelievers into submission, and eventually eliminating them with the ultimate goal of establishing a homogeneous caliphate.  This vilification of Islam allows for opposing movements to garner support from … Continue reading Dismantling the myths of Ahlul Dhimma

A rereading of the story of Maryam

Marzuqa Karima The name of Maryam (peace be upon her) is one which believers all around the world recall several times when reciting the divine revelation, the Qur’an. When Muslims take her name in such reading, they are rewarded tenfold for each letter. She is a paragon of virtue who is also remembered by other faiths, and is celebrated as one of the world’s greatest … Continue reading A rereading of the story of Maryam

Ramadan: Attaining Taqwa in a Secular Era

Aisha Hasan يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ O you who believe, fasting has been decreed upon you, as it was decreed upon those before, so you that you may attain taqwa. As we enter Ramadan, this verse is one that we will hear regularly as a motivation for us to use this blessed month to … Continue reading Ramadan: Attaining Taqwa in a Secular Era

Ramadan Reading List

With two weeks until Ramadan, check out this special edition of our monthly book list, a roundup of four book recommendations to inspire and prepare us for the blessed month. Read our previous recommendations 1) Seeds of Admonishment and Reform A translation of the illustrious sixth century scholar Ibn al-Jawzi’s work, this book presents a series of short chapters and poetic reflections designed to inspire … Continue reading Ramadan Reading List