November 6, 2008

Canadian Muslims and Societal Contributions through Community Involvement

How often do we reflect upon the glorious past of our Muslim nation? The amazing contributions of Muslim civilization in Spain, examples of Islamic tolerance during the reign of the famous Salah-el-din and of course the incredible contributions Muslims have made to sciences, mathematics and philosophy? One can explore these contributions thoroughly and never cease […]

June 23, 2008

Human Rights Violations: Blaming Islam

People love to show a divide between Islam and Democracy. So they perpetuate the myth of Islam’s incompatibility with human rights. They blindly assert that Islam and human rights are antithetical.

March 7, 2008

The Elements of Style

A book review

April 19, 2006

Seven Ways You Can Save the Planet

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, “The world is green and beautiful and God has appointed you as His stewards over it. He sees how you acquit yourselves…” (Muslim). Allah tells us in numerous verses of the Quran, that He has created everything on Earth—animals, rain, plants, oceans, stars, the sun, the moon—for the […]

November 15, 2005

Towards A Rational Political Participation

  Adverse Ideological Phenomena There are ideological phenomena that no careful examiner can miss in the sphere of the Islamic Movement, particularly in the political field.

November 20, 2004

Stalking Freedom in Fallujah

Throughout the Muslim world, from the West coast of Africa to the southern-most islands of the Indonesian archipelago, worshippers in mosques are lifting their hands to the heavens and praying for Fallujah. As the United States’ gun-ships strafe the city known as the City of Mosques and her centurions conduct house-to-house searches, Fallujah has come […]

April 21, 2004

When Islam Almost Vanished

  The genocide lasted decades. Historians said that the world had never seen murder and destruction on such a massive scale. Millions died and those left alive often longed for death. People openly wondered whether the light of Islam would be forever extinguished. But the course of history changed through some of God’s most unassuming […]

January 27, 2004

Conflict in France: A Message to Muslims

  Abu Musa reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: A believer is like a brick for another believer, the one supporting the other. Muslim, 32:6257 Nu’man b. Bashir reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that […]

September 3, 2003

The Universality of Islam and the Myth of ?The Clash of Civilizations?

  Witnessing Canada’s gradual but nonetheless praiseworthy decision to stay out of the conflict in Iraq, Muslims throughout Canada breathed a collective sigh of relief. Reason had triumphed over passion — or so it seemed at the time. Sifting through a mid-February edition of the Toronto Star, I came across an immensely troubling front page […]

August 8, 2003

Where are the Women?

    From the pulpit to the preachers, many often proclaim Islam?s liberation of women 1400 years ago. After all Islam did recognize that women possessed souls ? this acknowledged only over the past 100 years in Christianity and Islam did give women the right to vote ? yet another relatively recent phenomena in Western […]

August 8, 2003

Politics and Muslims?A Concoction Yet Undiscovered

Politics. Simply reading the word can make you shudder. In fact, that?s what most Muslims do?they shudder and turn away. Most of us don?t want to even think about politics let alone being active in the political world. It?s deemed unnecessary pointless arguing and tossed aside as an unimportant frivolous part of society.

June 14, 2003

Differing Opinions amongst the Scholars: Which Opinion is Right?

When I took an Islamic Studies course when I was studying at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (in Pakistan), I learnt something which I would like to share with all of you. Living in present times, we find that there are a lot of practical issues regarding which the Islamic scholars are in disagreement. […]

May 30, 2003

Modernizing Islam in a Modern World

 Sometimes, us Muslims get an idea. We?re pleased with ourselves?it?s a ?modern? idea. A modern idea for modern Muslims. We get excited about the future?modern ideas manifest in a brighter existence for modern Muslims! We feel bitterness about the past?it keeps haunting us with its backward, extremist ways?not at all modern. And so, we modern […]

May 6, 2003

Understanding Punishment in Shariah [I]: Its Role & Principles at a Glance

        Skilfully manipulated display of the imagery of a whip cracking on a naked back of a Nigerian woman and a veil enshrouding a woman?s face in Afghanistan have led many to believe that Shariah, the divine code of Muslim conduct, is in reality no more than a set of principles and […]

May 6, 2003

Understanding Punishment in Shariah [II]: Its Method, Allowance & Application

  The Islamic Shariah provides two different types of punishments: Tazeer and Hud. Tazeer, the lighter of two, means putting to shame or disgracing the criminal for offense he has committed against a member of the society. The objective of this approach is to educate and reform an offender and to facilitate his rehabilitation in […]

April 28, 2003

Too late to come clean

As the coalition forces pursue their illegal military invasion against an already devastated Iraq, the world watches in disgust and outrage.

February 16, 2003

IRAQ: The Real Story

We, as Canadians pride ourselves on being part of a country that is free, moral and just. We like to think of ourselves as people who always seek and act according to the truth. But what if ?the truth? isn?t clear? What if we don?t know the truth? What if we?re all ignorant of the […]

January 16, 2003

Law and Order: The Pinnacle of Confusion – Are We Fanatics?!!!

 About an hour ago I clicked off the television after watching the last half hour of an episode of the hit T.V. show Law and Order where—you guessed it, a “fanatical” Muslim was being tried for murder. With hopelessness lacing its poison in my mind I made my way to my room. I ran through […]

November 26, 2002

U.S. Border Checks

It’s like we’ve turned back the clocks and the Japanese are being hauled off to internment camps again. Except now, it’s Muslims, Arabs, and anyone else who “looks” Muslim. Of course Muslims haven’t been hauled off to internment camps just yet—although some may argue that being arrested, detained and interrogated without a lawyer is the […]

November 10, 2002

North America causes poverty and debt spiral in Third World

After much deliberation, I have come to the brilliant conclusion that ?we? are all horribly selfish. Not intentionally of course. It just sort of happened you know, snuck into our lives when we weren?t looking. By ?we,? I mean us Canadians as well as the oblivious folks down South and much of the population in […]