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The Discipline of Allah

The Discipline of Allah

SOMETIMES MANY PARENTS express their mixed feelings about discipline by telling their child: “This is for your own good.” And if they resort to spanking a child, they sometimes say: “This hurts me a lot more than it does you.” Allah’s discipline, like…

American Family: An Endangered Species

THROUGHOUT HISTORY, in all known cultures, the family has been the basic building block of society. Our web of family relations, more than any other factor, mediates our relations with our fellow human beings. Human beings need families as much as they…

Time for Islam

HUMAN EXISTENCE IS a struggle with time—for time—in time. Time should end—will end—must end—in surrender to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, Creator, Sustainer and Cherisher of all that is, including the end of time and the space that occupies and infuses it.…

Is Television Haram?

EVEN NON-MUSLIM Americans are often amazed at Islam’s ability to inspire reverts to give up harmful habits. Experts on the American prison system admit that conversion to Islam in prison is the single most powerful indicator of likely rehabilitation. Nothing else –…

Deconstructing Riba

DEEP DOWN INSIDE, we all want something for nothing. We love delicious fruits and vegetables, but don’t want to have to grow and pick them ourselves. We want a nice house, but don’t want to have to sweat for it. We want…

What is Right with Islam

I HAVE SOME good news and some bad news. The good news is that since September 11th, Islam has gotten plenty of attention in the Western media. The bad news is the kind of attention it’s getting. Honest, balanced portrayals of Islam’s…