It is reported that ‘Umar b. Al-Khattab May Allah be pleased with him – said:
Whoever exposes himself to suspicion, let him blame only himself for whoever suspects him.
He who covers his secret is in a position to choose [to correct himself].
Assume the best about your brother until what comes to you from him overcomes you [and you have to change your opinion].
Dalia Mogahed was propelled into the international spotlight when she became President Barack Obama’s advisor on Muslim affairs. Born in Egypt, she is the president and CEO of Mogahed Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in Muslim societies and the Middle East. She co-authored the book Who Speaks For Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think, based on six years of research and more than 50,000 interviews. Mogahed has been widely recognized as one of the most influential Arab women in the world.
By: Suhaib Webb
It seems every week there is a new internet conflict. Over the last few days, people criticized me for posting my Hajj selfies. What is your opinion about this?
That is a sad question, and I find it strange that people have the time to look at other people’s pictures and criticize them. With that being said, I will address this issue from four perspectives:
- Are pictures forbidden?
- Principles for understanding texts.
- The importance of collective good.
- Intentions should be left to Allah alone.
By: Alicia Miller
Halal ritual slaughter has raised huge controversy in the UK press, writes Alicia Miller. But the far greater issue is farm animals’ entire quality of life – as reflected in the Qu’ranic principle that meat must be ‘tayyib’ – good, wholesome and from well-treated, healthy animals. Is this something we can all agree on?
By: Michael Eric Dyson
WASHINGTON — THE indictment last week of the N.F.L. player Adrian Peterson by a Texas grand jury for reckless or negligent injury to a child has set into relief the harmful disciplinary practices of some black families. Mr. Peterson used a “switch,” a slim, leafless tree branch, to beat his 4-year-old son, raising welts on the youngster’s legs, buttocks and scrotum. This is child abuse dressed up as acceptable punishment.
By: Sultana Yusufali
I probably do not fit into the preconceived notion of a “rebel”. I have no visible tattoos and minimal piercing. I do not possess a leather jacket. In fact, when most people look at me, their first thought usually is something along the lines of “oppressed female.” The brave individuals who have mustered the courage to ask me about the way I dress usually have questions like: “Do your parents make you wear that?” or “Don’t you find that really unfair?”
Toronto activists ask pedestrians to look at images from Syria and describe what they see. They are shocked when they find out what these images actually depict: the horrible suffering and trauma of the Syrian people and the widespread destruction of Syrian cities. These atrocities are carried out by the Assad regime. In 2011, Syrian decided to rise up against a brutal dictator. In 3 years, Bashar Assad has killed over 200,000 Syrians in his attempt to crush the Syrian revolution for freedom. Please share this video and use the hashtag #SaveSyria.