Opinion: A plea from an exhausted Muslim woman

Originally posted on CNN Belief Blog:
Opinion by Melody Moezzi, Special to CNN (CNN) — I wasn’t surprised by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s recent statement about a “problem within Islam.” It’s not as though I’ve never heard anything like it before. I hear it all the time. Still, his words — in response to a…

A glass of water

Harun al-Rashid, one of the richest of the Abbasid Caliphs, once heard of a righteous scholar named Ibn As-Sammaak and requested his presence in his chamber to give him good counsel. When the scholar arrived, the Caliph had ordered a glass of water to drink. Seeing this, Ibn Samaak asked; “what would you give if no…

Be like a Bee

Twas said to us ‘be like a bee, Who lightly treads and goes with ease, Who purely gives and so receives.’ In peace he comes, and gently leaves In one of his lessons Sayyidi al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him)[1] called us to reflect upon the following beautiful hadith, narrated by Imam Ahmad on…

A forgotten cause…

…or at least I hope not Many of you will have seen this documentary. If you haven’t, then I recommend you do. The town mentioned at the beginning if my home town – Haresta. Though it seems there is little we can do to help Syria, Yemen and our brothers and sisters in all the…