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...

Revisionist Future…

I am not a Republican, nor am I a Democrat.  I hold certain values to be true from each party, and I disagree with values from each party.  I say this, because I hope what I write may remain bipartisan.  More importantly, the world has grown disillusioned by the voice...

From the Desk of the Imam — A Belated Introduction

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,   I pray you all are well.  Although I have yet to ever do this, I wanted to take a moment to write a small letter to the community.  Alhamdulillah, I have been here for over one year and have enjoyed my time here at...

We Plan, and Allah (ﷻ) Plans

وَيَمْكُرُونَ وَيَمْكُرُ اللَّهُ ۖ وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الْمَاكِرِينَ And they were plotting and Allah was plotting.  And Allah is the best of those who plot. (8:30) Eight years ago, the citizens of our country watched with tears in their eyes – for some, tears of joy,...