Many Muslims today expect that Islamic education should be a community service. It should be offered at the cheapest possible price and the teacher is expected to be paid little … Continue reading Stop Being Cheap & Pay Your Teachers
What is ‘modernism’ in the Islamic context? The term ‘modernist’ has become a sloppy critique that religious Muslims use to dismiss views they feel are too ‘liberal’ or see as … Continue reading Is Modernism Bad?
Are Linguistic Interpretations of Sacred Texts Arbitrary?
بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم As Muslims we need to ensure that our understanding of Islam is grounded in knowledge and scholarship. It is not about what we ‘feel’ to be … Continue reading Shirk, Takfir & The Fuqaha
بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم A Muslim must ensure that they are learning their religion or taking fatwa from those who are qualified to do so. Especially in today’s social media … Continue reading How to Identify Authorities in Islamic Knowledge
بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم In the past few years I’ve seen more seekers of knowledge and du’āt talk about ‘making Islam a natural part of our lives’, in that it … Continue reading What Does it Mean to Make Islam a Natural Part of Your Life?
بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم I recently skimmed through the relied-upon study text in Hanbali theology ‘Qala’id Ul-Iqyan’ by Imam ibn Balban al-Hanbali. Although the text itself is quite basic and … Continue reading How to Call to Good and Warn from Evil
Before marriage, I would daydream and imagine what my life would ideally look like in the future. I would be the perfect husband, the perfect father, the perfect employee, the … Continue reading Of Superheroes and Sahabah
بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم This started as a replacement for some of my outdated articles on studying Islam, and as a means to answer questions about books and study tips … Continue reading How to Study Islam: A Guide
بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم I noticed this very small text by Izz-ul-Din ibn Abdis-Salam (~577AH – ~670AH) being taught and explained by members of the global Muslim community, and liked … Continue reading 17 Benefits of Adversity & Affliction
An advice I give my high school students is to toughen up and start preparing mentally and spiritually for what looks to be a rocky future. Although I usually do … Continue reading The Value of Struggle
It is understandable why some Muslims view the modern/Western academic study of Islam with faithful suspicion, while others look down on traditional study as some bygone relic of the past. … Continue reading Studying Islam: Traditional vs. Modern Academic methods