Tonight Dr. Michael W. Waters and I took our wives out to a very special place for dinner.

Cafe Momentum is a non-profit restaurant which provides a 12-month paid post-release internship program for kids coming out of juvenile detention. These kids are taught discipline and given another chance at life serving as waiters and chefs in this fine establishment. I have never been so inspired by a restaurant and truly wish this model could be implemented in communities all over. The man between us is the founder, CEO, and executive chef Chad Houser. Everyone in Dallas, please support this establishment and make this your next fine dining experience. You will leave with more than your stomach full. Everyone else, please think about how we can create unique projects like this to better serve our communities.

Ever wonder what rights were supposed to be granted to religious minorities under Islamic law? Check out the full infographic and publication here:

Contrary to the common misconception, non-Muslims living under Muslim rule were free to practice their own religions.

Read more in “Religious Minorities Under Muslim Rule” by Tesneem AlKiek here:

Praying outside the mosque in a statement of protest has proved to be extremely powerful because it denied Israel’s claim that it supports freedom of prayer in Jerusalem to the followers of all faiths.

Unified and determined Jerusalemites Succeeded using nonviolent action

A well-known Arabic proverb says a crazy person might throw a stone in the well but it will take a hundred wise persons to get the stone…

Because of my views on Palestine, I have been excluded from certain alliances and tables. In complete honesty, I have no interest in cooperating with anyone who wishes to suffocate non-violent resistance to occupation. If you cannot respect our right to organize on this issue, I have no desire to organize alongside you on any issue.

This is HUGE! I am so proud of what our team at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research has been able to accomplish by the help of Allah and your support.

We will continue to systematically combat dangerous misinformation about our faith online.

US Muslim groups welcome changes to Google results

‘Direct connection’ between misleading information about Islam, uptick in Islamophobic attacks, says Imam Omar Suleiman – Anadolu Agency

Love for your brother what you love for yourself. This is beautiful.

The Golden Rule (“do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) has always been taught as an important component of a Muslim’s character.

Read more in “Al-Ghazali and the Golden Rule: Ethics of Reciprocity in the Works of a Muslim Sage” by Justin Parrott here:

Every Friday prayer in the world should be about #AlAqsa this week. Israeli occupation forces shutting down a mosque illegally under their control, punching women in the face, and firing live bullets at crowds of people praying is an affront to any decent human being. You can’t be for justice and be ignoring this. You can’t be for peace and pretend this isn’t a provocation by a government that knows it won’t be held accountable by it’s neighbors or other superpowers. #HandsOffAlAqsa #Resist #FreePalestine

Al-Aqsa: Palestinians killed as Jerusalem protests rage

Clashes continue to rage between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators across occupied territories.

Last night with the CEO of American Airlines, Doug Parker. American is the largest airline in the world and I’m pleased by the efforts they are making to make sure its the friendliest. I’ve met Doug several times now but last night had substantial discussions with the executive team at American as to how we can ensure that the airline be a pioneer in reducing discriminatory incidents towards passengers. We’re pleased to have the HQ in Dallas and I’m grateful that the hundreds of Muslim employees at American are consistently shown love and appreciation for their contribution to the success of the airline.

The world continues to be silent over the repeated aggressions upon this holy place as it has been over the oppression of the Palestinian people. There was a time when Palestine was a symbol for all anti-apartheid movements. There was a time when every civil rights icon around the world would mention Palestine regularly. There was a time when Muslim governments would at least pretend to care. We need a revival of global awareness about the plight of the Palestinians.

“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” – Nelson Mandela

Israeli police shoot imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque after prayer

The spiritual leader of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, was injured Tuesday by a plastic bullet after praying outside the gates of the site,…

This is great research as it relates to “waswas” or whispers that manifest themselves in doubts or OCD-like behavior.

Clinicians, Imams, and the Whisperings of Satan

*NEW PUBLICATION* Waswâs al-qahri, which means ‘overwhelming whisperings’ in Arabic, is a complex disorder in which Muslims develop unwanted obsessions and compulsions related to religious beliefs or acts of worship that are excessive, dysfunctional and distressful. While it is currently regarded as a type of OCD, it is unique from other types of OCD in that it needs more specialized treatments/interventions.

In “Clinicians, Imams, and the Whisperings of Satan”, Najwa Awad contributes to the growing field of Islamic psychology by providing mental health clinicians and imams with the foundational knowledge and tools necessary to help clients with this condition.

Don’t waste too much time reading other people’s statuses, but raise your status in the sight of your Lord by doing actual good work.

Don’t engage too much in social media controversy, for on the Day of Judgment you will have enough controversy generated by your own deeds to worry about.

Don’t underestimate the power of 140 characters, for the angels do not miss a single one.

A smile in the face of your brother is charity, but an insulting word online may prevent you from being smiled upon by the Most Merciful.

Only one “like” matters. Try not to forget that.