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Obituary of (Mawlana) Yusuf Sulayman Motala (1366/1946 – 1441/2019)

A master of hadith and Qur’an. A sufi, spiritual guide and teacher to thousands. A pioneer in the establishment of a religious education system. His death reverberated through hearts and across oceans. We are all mourning the loss of a luminary who guided us through increasingly difficult times. Monday, September 9, turned out to be a day of profound anguish …

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Shaykh Hamza Yusuf And The Question of Rebellion In The Islamic Tradition

In recent years, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, a notable Islamic scholar from North America, has gained global prominence by supporting efforts by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to deal with the fallout of the Arab revolutions. The UAE is a Middle Eastern autocracy that has been the chief strategist behind quelling the Arab revolutionary aspiration for accountable government in the region. …

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[Podcast Interview] The Case for Faith-Based Professional Development Training

If you’re looking for an enjoyable and inspirational chat on faith, work, and personal development, then tune in to this podcast interview featuring Mohammed Faris, CEO, and Founder of the Productive Muslim Company. In this interview, Omar Usman, podcast host and the new leader of the Barakah Academy’s Book Club, talks with Mohammed Faris about the progression of The Productive …

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Raising A Child Between Ages 2-7 | Dr Hatem Al Haj

This is called a pre-operational period by Jean Piaget who was focused on cognitive development. Children this age have difficulty reconciling between different dimensions or seemingly contradictory concepts. One dimension will dominate and the other will be ignored. This applies in the physical and abstract realms. For example, the water in the longer cup must be more than that in …

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Open Secrets: Clandestine Polygamous Marriages in the Muslim Community

He married another woman without his wife’s knowledge. Everything seemed to be going well until the secret of his double life was finally exposed. It sounds like the storyline of a new Netflix series, a Lifetime movie, or a foreign soap opera, but this is an all-too-familiar scenario for some Muslim women living in the United States. Linked together by …

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Reflection On The Legacy of Mufti Umer Esmail | Imam Azhar Subedar

“An ocean of knowledge which once resided on the seabed of humbleness has now submerged below it, forever.” “Why didn’t you tell me!! You call me your younger brother, but you couldn’t even tell me you were ailing?!” I could’ve called you or visited you so I could apologize for all the pain I caused you; thank you for all …

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Advice To Students Starting A New School Year

I remember driving to college orientation over the summer with my father, may Allah have mercy on him. I was going to be going to school out of state, and at the age of eighteen, this was the first time that I would be living away from home.  We talked about a lot of things, and nothing in particular but …

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The Passing Of A Mentor: Shaykh Mufti Mohamed Umer Esmail

The past couple days I haven’t been able to write, thinking and reflecting over the passing of a great man, a mentor, someone I consider among the people that helped me become who I am. He was the Imam of Austin, a man who dedicated 18 years of his life to the community I grew up in and spent a …

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Can Women Attend The Burial Of The Deceased?

A few weeks ago, my brother passed away, may Allah have mercy on his soul. By Allah’s grace, his funeral was well-attended by many friends, relatives, and students of his, including a number of women. In this context, someone asked me about the Sharia’s guidance regarding women attending the burial of the deceased, and in what follows I consider what …

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