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

December 15, 2005

Islamic Education: A New Approach

The Early Years   One of the biggest challenges we face today as Muslims in general, and Muslims living in the West in specific, is the challenge of providing Islamic education to the younger generation. Education we receive through the early stages of our lives shapes our way of thinking and is therefore of primary […]

December 15, 2005

The Failures and Limitations of Modern Schooling

    Measure of Failure Before we can speak about the failures of modern schooling, in the West or anywhere else, we should consider what it is that schooling has set out to do. This will help us to consider whether or not schooling has failed at anything, or if it has actually succeeded in […]

April 8, 2004

KNOWLEDGE – The Light Of Life

“Dedicate your life to Knowledge and Humanity”, these were words of advice from my father when I had asked for his autograph – it was precisely what his life was all about. But this was way back in my teenage and I wonder if I had grabbed the true wisdom behind these momentous words then. […]

August 25, 2003

Approaching University Education: Take the Essential Step

  There is a lot of advice that high school students can receive from their teachers and guidance or academic counsellors regarding how they should prepare for a university education. Application instructions can be obtained from the university website or at the registrar’s or the student affairs office. In addition, attending the orientation sessions of […]

March 16, 2002

Making Resolutions That Matter!

Intro to Islamic Calendar and New Year: How the Islamic calendar started Umar ibn al-Khattab and keeping track of letters with time-stamps, uniting the different dating methods of his time

November 30, 2001

This Is The Road

  “By the heavens with constellations; by the Promised Day; by the witness and the witnessed; doomed were the makers of the pit, abundantly supplied with fuel, as they sat by it and watched what they did with the Believers. They were outraged with them only because they believed in God, the All-Powerful, the All-Praiseworthy, […]

April 27, 2001

The Real Purpose of Education

    Education – like democracy, free markets, freedom of the press, and “universal human rights” – is one of those subjects whose virtue is considered self-evident. So is the superiority of the industrially advanced countries in attaining them. Consequently, any package that arrives with one of these magic labels on it, automatically qualifies for […]

April 27, 2001

How did you Accept Islam?

Yahya Emerick Many people have asked me lately how I came to Islam. It is not an unusual question for a convert (or revert) to be asked. I guess I’m being asked about it again because of having this regular column in the Message. Every person who accepts Islam has a unique story and tale […]

April 23, 2001

The Use and Abuse of Knowledge

    The Shahada. Seven words that changed the world in less than twenty-five years. It was the inspiration for reflecting into the signs of the Creator, when He (swt) said: “We will show them Our signs on the horizons and in themselves, and they will recognize them to be Truth” [Qur’an 41:53]

March 3, 2001

Dealing with Differences

  “Islam teaches that wudu is done this way.” The man said confidently.