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April Fools' Day

Monday March 31, 2014

What exactly is the point of this celebration of practical jokes and hoaxes?  It seems to have started in 16th century France, when they switched to the Gregorian calendar and changed the date of their New Year.  Read More from the Urban Legends Expert

Muslim College Students

Monday March 31, 2014

For high school students planning to attend university in North America, this is a busy time of year.  Most students have heard back now about their college applications, and face the decision of where to attend.  University life is quite a change for many young adults.  This is true for Muslim students as well, especially those who will be living away from family and community for the first time.  For support, see:

Muslim College Life

Muslim Student Associations

College Life Q&A

Wedding Season!

Monday March 31, 2014

Spring is here, and wedding season is upon us!  If you're invited to the wedding of a Muslim couple, you may not know what to expect.  There are some common Islamic traditions relating to marriage, and then wedding parties also incorporate various cultural traditions as well.

Islamic Marriage Customs

Wedding Party Customs from Around the World

Treat Your Neighbors Well

Monday March 31, 2014

I have a standing cooking arrangement with one of my neighbors.  She send me pots of jereesh (a Saudi wheat porridge), and I send over homemade chocolate-chip cookies for her children.  Although we don't often see each other on a day-to-day basis, we know that if we needed anything, we could pop over at any time.  In the best circumstances, neighbors look out for one another, help each other, and at the very least refrain from annoying those living nearby.  I'm sure we all have "neighbor horror stories," but hopefully we have more nice stories to tell as well.

Islam gives Muslims guidance on how we should treat our neighbors.  Our neighbors have rights, regardless of whether our neighbors are Muslim or not.  Read More


"Noah" Film Offensive to Many Muslims

Friday March 28, 2014

The Darren Aronofsky/Paramount Pictures film, "Noah," is releasing this weekend in North America and some other parts of the world. However the film, starring actor Russell Crowe, will *not* be screened in many Middle Eastern countries, who object to the portrayal of the prophet Noah (Nuh in Arabic). The producers admit that they have taken "artistic license" with the story, and they acknowledge that it is "inspired by" the figure whom many consider to be a righteous servant of God. Many Muslims join those of other faiths who criticize the Hollywood version which allegedly shows Noah as a conflicted and dark man.

Did you, or will you, see the film?  What do you think?

Makkah Sermons to be Translated Live

Tuesday March 4, 2014

The Arab News reports that a new program will provide worshippers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah with a live translation of sermons from Arabic to either English or Urdu:

Authorities have assigned a designated area in the Haram for worshippers who follow Urdu and English where headsets and compact audio devices are being provided by the Grand Mosque authorities. The device is connected to FM frequency that broadcasts the interpretation of the Arabic sermon delivered by the Imam of Haram, Abdul Hafez Al-Shubaiti.

The program began operation last Friday at the King Fahd gate area of the Grand Mosque.  A similar program is expected to launch soon at the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah.  Non-Arabic speakers have long expressed a desire to understand the sermons in order to benefit from the knowledge and advice shared.

Common Islamic Phrases

Friday February 28, 2014

If you listen in on a conversation among Muslims anywhere in the world, you are likely to hear several Arabic words and phrases peppered through the conversation, regardless of the language actually being spoken.  These phrases hold special meaning among Muslims, are often used in their original Arabic language, and serve as a unified way to communicate among the global Muslim community.  It took me quite a while to figure out the nuances of when to use each phrase...

  • Assalamu alaikum! (ex. "Assalamu alaikum!  I'm home!")
  • Insha'Allah (ex. "Tomorrow I'll pick you up at 5pm, insha'Allah.")
  • Masha'Allah (ex. "Your new baby has such cute dimples, masha'Allah!")
  • Subhan'Allah (ex. "Subhan'Allah, the Quran describes science in such detail.")
  • Alhamdulillah (ex. "Alhamdulillah, she is feeling much better now.")

Now let's put them all together:  "Assalamu alaikum! How have you been? Alhamdulillah, I'm fine. How's the new baby? Masha'Allah, she's so cute! I can't believe you're already a dad... Subhan'Allah, how time flies by.  Well, I hope to see you at Friday prayer, insha'Allah.  Assalamu alaikum!"

Months of the Islamic Year

Friday February 28, 2014

This weekend marks the beginning of Jumaada Awwal, the 5th month of Islamic year 1435 H.  Learn more about how Muslims count time.

"It is He Who made the sun to be a shining glory, and the moon to be a light of beauty, and measured out stages for it, that you might know the number of years and the count of time. Allah did not create this except in truth and righteousness. And He explains His signs in detail, for those who understand" (Quran 10:5).

Muslim Baby Names

Friday February 28, 2014

Giving your child a proper, meaningful name is one of your first responsibilities as a new parent.  Find a Muslim name for your baby, with the help of these resources:

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Friday February 28, 2014

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