Friends

By Waqaar Butt One of the things I find most fascinating about the Arabic language is the use of synonyms to give similar meanings with a touch of nuance. For example, Qur’anic Arabic describes a ‘friend’ in ten (or more) different ways! Something which an English translation will never be able to reflect. I thought…

Mohammad Ali: In Life and Death

Oh Muhammad Ali, in life you served your Lord, and in death you serve your Lord. Our community is indebted to you. America has never needed a reminder more than now about the contributions, values and truth of Islam. In a time when the words Allahu Akbar have come to be associated with terror, today…

Finding Truth

“Do not look for truth through people. Find the truth then find its people” لا تعرف الحق بالرجال. اعرف الحق تعرف أهله — Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (ra) [via sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaqoobi: Commentary on Book of Knowledge; Ihya Uloom Al-deen by Imam Ghazali] .

He who seeks

He who seeks the signs of Beauty Shuns his self, then shuns his self. He for whom union’s the duty Shuns his self, then shuns his self. ♦ He who fasts from passing pleasures, At the Eid knows Love itself; He who hears of Beauty’s treasures, Shuns his self, then shuns his self. ♦ East…

Learning with Husna

I recently attended a Bayyinah course with Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan. Aside from being incredibly inspiring, he mentioned a number of other courses they plan to do and his vision for Islam in the west. One such project was “Arabic with Husna”, a new curriculum he has set up to teach his own daughter Arabic which, in…