Faith

As we know, the Qur’an praises those who believe of the unseen and those who think. So we are supposed to think as well as have blind faith, but there’s a healthy balance between the two. For some aspects, we have to think while for others we need to have blind faith. We are also responsible when making a conscious decision of where that balance is going to be, whether we choose to follow a certain tradition or not.

Join Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi in this Q&A Session
Topic: Battling Modernity and Tradition

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Why have white Christian evangelicals in the U.S., who once obsessed over the importance of faith, character and personal morality in leaders, become the most loyal Trump supporters of all? How are they not hypocrites? My latest op-ed for the New Statesman magazine:

Many white evangelicals stand by Trump because they are more white than evangelical

They have gone from being obsessed with the personal lives of politicians to, basically, not giving a damn.

A person diagnosed with HIV/Aids is still a human. It is his/her right that we respect their humanity and refrain from thinking badly of them or questioning them on the cause of their diagnosis. It is more befitting for our humanity and our faith that we stand by them. The Prophet ﷺ said “Do not rejoice at the misfortune of your brother, lest God cure him and test you.”

HIV/Aids can be contracted through different means. There is no one single cause for its spread. We have no right to show contempt and disdain for anyone diagnosed with HIV, nor do we have any right to expose their diagnosis.

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A person diagnosed with HIV/Aids is still a human. It is his/her right that we respect their humanity and refrain from thinking badly of them or questioning them on the cause of their diagnosis. It is more befitting for our humanity and our faith that we stand by them. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said “Do not rejoice at the misfortune of your brother, lest God cure him and test you.”

HIV/Aids can be contracted through different means. There is no one single cause for its spread. We have no right to show contempt and disdain for anyone diagnosed with HIV, nor do we have any right to expose their diagnosis.

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Wonderful event yesterday at the Dallas Bar Association.

Dallas’ Faith Leaders Discuss Ways To Heal Racial Divides

The Dallas Bar Association hosted five Dallas-based faith leaders for its Faith Leaders Forum on Wednesday afternoon and addressed how to improve race relations in Dallas. The Rev. Richie Butler of St. Paul United Methodist Church, the Rev. Bryan Carter of Concord Church, Rabbi David Stern of Templ….

It is a common misconception that charity (sadaqah) can only be given to Muslims. This is incorrect, for we are commanded to be charitable to all people: Muslims and non-Muslims.

Some of the early converts to Islam in Madinah had Jewish relatives, and they thought that it was not allowed to give charity to those relatives who were poor. So Allah revealed, “It is not your task to guide them, for Allah guides whom He wishes. And whatever charity you give, then it will be for your own benefit…” [al-Baqarah; 272].

And the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) said to them, “Give charity to people of other faiths.” [Reported by Ibn Abī Shaybah 3/177 – see al-Ṣaḥīḥa 2766].

It is true that zakat has stricter rulings, and zakat should typically be given to other Muslims (note: there are exceptions for this, which are found in the books of fiqh). However, general charity is given to all, regardless of faith, and of the greatest acts of charities is feeding the poor and helping those in need.

So give, to all charitable causes, and know that when you give to others, Allah will give more to you, and in reality you are giving for your own benefit in the Hereafter.


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Justice is not only foundational to Islam, but also in Christianity & Judaism. This panel below focused on the reasons why it is foundational to all three faiths. The discussion was led by Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Reverend Dr. Stephen R. Montgomery of Idlewild Presbyterian Church & Shaykh Dr Yasir Qadhi, from The Memphis Islamic Center. The panel also provided the audience with a better understanding of the similarities between the faiths, and their shared emphasis on Justice.

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The entire Dallas refugee resettlement committee is calling for your presence this Monday night in response to the latest iteration of the Muslim ban. We will be joined by Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins, elected officials, immigration attorneys, refugee agencies, faith leaders, and more. Please join and spread the word. With Trump’s dangerous refugee ban 3.0 and security policies going into effect, our incoming refugee populations find themselves threatened, and the entire refugee program faces threat of being dismantled.

We are coming together, alongside our allies at “In Their Own Voices” podcast, the International Rescue Committee (and other major refugee service organizations in the DFW) Faith Forward Dallas, and CAIR-DFW to hold a press conference in which we will state, plainly and clearly, the facts surrounding Trump’s proposed policies, how they will affect the work that organizations like IRC does, and what affect they will have on incoming refugees, potential refugees, and refugees who are already here. Immediately afterwards, we will hold a vigil and rally, featuring dynamic speakers, in order to show our unity and our support for our refugee communities.

Signs are welcome, so long as they remain appropriate.

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We should never give up hope on the brothers in the prison system. I’ve had the blessing of meeting so many who were rehabbed through faith, and went on to become upright family men and community members. This is such a powerful episode on Muslims in America. Worth every minute of your time. Please watch with your families and share widely.

I was asked to weigh in on what needs reform in Islam as a reflection on the Protestant reformation. My answer was condensed and included in the piece below. Would love your thoughts!

Imam Omar Suleiman, founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and Islamic Studies professor at Southern Methodist University:

“The Protestant Reformation revolved around Christians challenging papal authority and demanding their own direct access to religious texts. For that reason the event, and the word “reformation,” are seen through modern eyes as success — liberation from an oppressive religious institution. This is not how “reformation” is seen in the Muslim world.

Historically, rather than keeping power and knowledge to themselves, Islamic scholars shared both with the masses — facilitating education and the promotion of independent thinking, known in Islam as ijtihad. And while Islamic scholars have generally been strict regarding essential principles of the faith (such as belief in God, Mohammad as his messenger), peripheral issues (such as how economic transactions work) have always been considered matters of debate and discussion.

It’s only in the past century that this has changed dramatically, as the Muslim institutions that oversaw such decisions were violently dismantled by colonial powers prior to the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. That led, eventually, to groups like ISIS.

Today, for Muslims in America (and elsewhere), the term “reform” conjures not enlightenment but chaos and destruction by groups like ISIS who claim they are “reforming” Islam through their horrific actions.

In Islam, the reform we want is more of a revival of our faith’s traditional fundamental principles — equity, harmony, compassion — in the face of a modern aberration. Then the Muslim community can serve humanity according to the Prophetic example.”

Perspective | The Protestant Reformation was 500 years ago. What needs reform in American religion today?

To mark the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, The Washington Post asked faith leaders and readers: “What do you think needs reforming in the practice of religion in the United States today?”

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…