From the Desk of the Imam — Sharing `Eid

Asalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu, I pray you all are well and basking in the rays of mercy showering down upon us this Ramadan.  It has been a while since I have reached out to everyone.  Many things have been changing in our community over the course of...

Ideological Bullying

Bullying has become an epidemic.  As a child, I was the recipient (you could say “victim”) of bullying.  This was perhaps because I was a minority at my public school.  It may have also been because of the fact that I was quite overweight.  Who knows,...

From an “A” to a “B”

I remember one of the most frustrating scores to receive on a quiz was a 26/30.  A 27/30 was an “A” = 90%.  However, a 26/30 was a “B” ~ 86.67%.  It was only one point, but that would mean a person fell from an “A” to a...

The Rope of Sin

rope rōp/ noun   1. a length of strong cord made by twisting together strands of natural fibers such as hemp or artificial fibers such as polypropylene. Giving up sin is easier than most people think.  Initially when a person sins, it is like a small thread binding...

Waiting for Ramadan

With Ramadan less than a week away, many people are preparing for the arrival of a beautiful, yet trying month.  Some are preparing physically through preparatory qiyam al-layl  (night prayer/vigil) and fasting.  Others are preparing by decorating their homes.  And...

In Support of the Wall

Dear President Trump, I wanted to take a moment to applaud and thank you for your decision to stick to your promise of building a wall between the United States of America and Mexico.  For too long have we Americans had to carry the burden of our neighbors from the...

There’s No Place Like Home…

Home is where the heart is.  It’s an age-old saying and a common idiom.  Wherever you feel your home is, you will be comfortable there even if it is not your actual home.  How many times have we found ourselves at a friend’s home feeling as comfortable as...

The Power of One Meal…

I was listening to an interview conducted with Maulana Tariq Jameel regarding the passing of Junaid Jamshed.  They were very good friends, and by Allah’s (ﷻ) tawfiq, Maulana Tariq Jameel played a very big part in Junaid Jamshed’s transformation.  He...

Preparing for Our Inevitable Return…

Early yesterday morning, I received a few text messages from friends informing me that Junaid Jamshed died in a plane crash. He was returning to Islamabad from Chitral after going out on a trip focused on da`wah.  The crash, which took the life of over forty...