Epiphany in Appalachia

I SIT HERE in the middle of the night in Appalachia, in fulfillment of a commitment made long ago to one dear. Appalachia is among the resource-richest places on earth, long one of the poorest, and certainly one of the most maligned…

The Ansar and Us

THE NAME OF Anṣâr never fails to evoke undertones of sacrifice, submission, and love of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ and warm sentiments of appreciation in our hearts. There is much for us to learn from their lives. Is there something common…

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…

Calling the ‘Self’ to Account

ON THE DAY of Judgment, people will divide into two groups: Those who undergo an easy reckoning ( ḥisâban yasîran) and those subjected to a harsh one ( ḥisâban ʿasîran). The destiny of the former is all pleasure and bliss, that of…