The Corporate Virus

If you're not growing, you're dying. This is the corporate assumption that underlies the capitalist economy of our times: the health of a business...

The Lost Virtue of Himma

Himma is a lost concept for Western Muslims. I've seen himma translated as "lofty aspiration" in some places, but perhaps "zeal" gives a better...

Sexism Against Muslim Men

Two simple examples of sexism against Muslim men that I hear over and over from Muslim teachers and leaders. First, Muslim men are chastised for...

When Practicality is a Non-Factor

When we look at the state of the world and, more importantly, the state of our own selves, it is easy to get overwhelmed....

Overgeneralization and Its Dangers in Understanding Islam

In Western philosophy early to mid 20th century, a group of philosophers argued that the discipline of philosophy is prone to overgeneralize, i.e., to...

The Downfall of Selectively Teaching Islam

Something that I remind myself of: In the process of dawah or religious instruction in general, you have to be judicious and present things in...

A Hadith Characterizing the State of Israel

An apt characterization of Israel as a state comes from the following hadith: "Four traits whoever possesses them is a hypocrite and whoever possesses some...

Don’t Take Things Personally

Here is some advice that I try (and often fail) to live by: Don't take things personally. Just don't. It can be really really...

What is “Traditional” Islam?

Following "traditional Islam" does not mean that we care about the past for the sake of the past. We only care about the past...

Who Cares About the Kuffar?!

Acceptance is important. As Muslims, we want acceptance from society at large and we seek that. Our attitude should not be: Who cares about...