Hadith #17: Finding and Channeling Your Righteous Anger

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Just came across this quote: “If you want to make everyone happy, don’t be a leader. Sell ice-cream” ~ Steve Jobs.

My god, what a harsh dichotomy Steve Jobs is creating! Why this Manichaean world view? Where is all of this hate against ice-cream coming from? Must we follow George Bush’s philosophy of ‘You’re either with us or against us?’ in all matters?!

Can’t we wish to positively influence people AND sell ice-cream at the same time?! Surely that isn’t too much to ask..

😁 😂 🍦🍧🍨


I was asked to describe myself in three words. That’s a tough question but here is my response. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=348355762242058&id=164638517280451

We asked Mufti Ismail Menk to describe himself in 3 words… he did it in 4 😉

Washing The Dead (Warning: Not For Everyone To Read):

I remember the first time in my 6 year term as Imam in Masjid Abu Bakr in New Orleans having to conduct the ritual washing of a dead body. It wasn’t my first time participating, but it was my first time having to lead it. The brother was an immigrant from Nigeria found in his apartment 8 days after his death due to unknown causes. He was alone in this country without a single relative or close friend. As I walked in the room to wash him, the stench of his almost decomposed body made me vomit and almost pass out. It took me about half an hour to walk back in the room and start again. As we washed his body, I couldn’t help but reflect on the transient nature of life. This body once held a soul with dreams and emotions. A soul that surely longed for what many of us long for. But now that soul was elsewhere, and this worldly vessel was left behind to dwell in a condition that is only fitting to the reality of the material. For the next 6 years, I regularly had to be a part of these washings. I felt the condition of my heart and my perspective grow with every last one. Sometimes it was an infant who was the dream of it’s parents, sometimes a close friend whose laughter and company I once enjoyed, sometimes an unknown individual whose lifeless body would leave the nature of the life they left behind to my imagination. Sometimes it was a mangled body due to a car accident, sometimes a body drained by cancer or a similar illness, sometimes a body intact that looked like it was merely asleep. But the reality of death was reinforced each time.

I don’t get to wash the dead like I used too, but I shouldn’t need to look further than my own worldly condition to remember it’s inevitability. Don’t be distracted by the allure of this world, or else you may merely become of it. Focus on bettering the future which you cannot escape, rather than the present that you cannot dictate. Focus on the interview with the One who needs no resume, rather than the judgements of those who are just as disposable as you.

We are souls with bodies, not bodies with souls.

Ya Allah. How could we ever lose hope?

Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah the Exalted has said: ‘O son of Âdam, I shall go on forgiving you so long as you pray to Me and aspire for My forgiveness, whatever may be your faults. O son of Adam, I do not care even if your sins should pile up to the sky; and should you beg pardon of Me, I would forgive you. O son Adam, if you come to me with an earthful of sins and meet Me, not associating anything with Me (in worship), I would come to you with an earthful of forgiveness.” (At-Tirmidhi)


I took part in a rather excellent panel discussion in New York on Wednesday night, about the future of Islam and Muslims in Trump’s America – you can watch it here:

This #BHeard Town Hall was produced in partnership with The Intercept, CUNY CLEAR and The Secret Life of Muslims. Our panelists and audience discuss religiou…


I’m so proud of you Tariq Touré. You have no idea brother. MashaAllah is all I can say.

Wow. Speechless. This blew me away. Watch it all.

From my friend and brother Tariq Touré.

It’s called “For the Love of the Game”

Of the wonders of the Prophet (peace be upon him) was that despite being an orphan, living through poverty, undergoing persecution, facing intense rejection and humiliation, having buried his wife and 6 of his 7 children, etc.

He still always smiled.

Abdullah ibn Harith said, “I have never come across a person who smiled as much as the Prophet (peace be upon him). (Tirmidhi)


Live Khutbah by Nouman Ali Khan

An appeals court in the UK has ruled that the gender segregation practiced in an Islamic school is not legal:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/islamic-faith-school-segregation-court-of-appeal-unlawful-sex-discrimination-boys-girls-al-hijrah-a7998336.html

Firstly, can someone please explain how and why they are targeting an Islamic school while some of the most well-known schools in that same country (such as Eton), and many other religious schools run by Christian and Jewish groups, and even many secular schools, are also gender segregated?
Historically, some of the most reputable schools around the world have been gender-exclusive. And quite a few studies have shown that segregating boys and girls during that stage creates a better study environment.

Secondly, in light of all of the sex-scandals rocking Hollywood and political figures around the world (and let’s leave it at that for this post please!), isn’t it ironic that some very basic, common-sense policies rooted not only in the Shariah but also in historical validated and experienced policies of the pre-modern Western world are being criticized so severely? Modest clothes (for men and women), gender guidelines, gender interactions, sexual chastity (viz., only within marriage) and more issues, are all being mocked and dismissed as backward, yet the scandals of famous figures and politicians and Hollywood producers only increases (and what happens amongst regular folks is no less).

For sure, no single policy or system can make sexual harassment disappear – but there are common-sense rules that would minimize such harassment and protect those who are vulnerable. One such rule, which is observed by many religiously conservative faith traditions, is to put guidelines on gender interactions, and hence to segregate high-schools along gender lines.

The court ruled that such segregation does not prepare our children for real life. If real life includes the types of harassment that Hollywood producers are guilty of, then perhaps it is better that our children are not prepared for that type of life.

Judge rules segregating boys and girls in Islamic school is sex discrimination

An Islamic faith school’s policy of segregating boys from girls is unlawful sex discrimination, Court of Appeal judges have said in a landmark ruling. Ofsted placed the mixed-sex Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham into special measures last June after it claimed dividing classes was discriminatory. But…