On the Prohibition of Riba

On the Prohibition of Riba

RIBA, TYPICALLY TRANSLATED as ‘interest’ or ‘usury,’ is a forced “increase of value or amount” in “the medium of exchange” that places extra liability on a party when something is loaned or swapped. Riba is an unscrupulous system and dangerous means that…
Malcolm X’S Letter from Makkah

Malcolm X’S Letter from Makkah

MANY MUSLIMS WHO have been blessed to make Hajj often speak of how the journey is a life-changing experience. This is more the case for some than others. Malcolm X, or Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, is one Muslim who saw the light of…

HAJJ: Celebrating Abraham, Father of Faith

ONE NEW TO observing Muslims might expect that Hajj, the Pilgrimage of Islam, would be focused on the notable events of the life of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad—perhaps his encounters with Angel Gabriel and his reception of revealed verses, perhaps his ascension to…
Rumpelstiltskin Reread

Rumpelstiltskin Reread

IT’S A STORY I loved as a child. A poor girl is trapped in a room where she must make gold out of straw for a king. This is impossible. But she will not be freed until she does so. Then pops…

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