Archive for the Muslims Category

Shaima Alawadi-Muslim Mother of Five Murdered

Posted in Crimes, Muslims, Racism on March 27, 2012 by talibahseeks

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun

Shaima Alawadi . . .Mychal Denzel Smith Cautions Against Writing the Murder off as an Isolated Incident

Shaima Alawadi’s Body to be Flown to Iraq after Brutal Beating


In Solidarity with Trayvon Martin–Suhaib Webb

Posted in Activism, Crimes, Muslims, Racism on March 27, 2012 by talibahseeks

Imam Suhaib Webb – The Danger of Hubris and The Murder of Trayvon Martin (ISBCC Khutba)

Unreciprocated Salaam

Posted in Islam, Muslims, Problems in the Ummah on March 19, 2012 by talibahseeks

Some things are simple.  But there is a way in which complacency, culture, and prejudice can effect our iman in seemingly “small” ways.  Having moved to a community where there are a plethora of Muslims, I have observed that even giving salaam is sometimes perceived as strange–perhaps something only reserved for one’s family, own ethnic group, people you see at masjid?  I dont know but its a problem. How can we be unified as a community if we cannot respond to a simple yet powerful greeting?  Why must Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh (Peace be unto you and so may the mercy of Allah and His blessings) be met with silence, elicit a snicker, or worse a dirty look?  Can we continue to greet our brothers and sisters in Islam even if we assume that it will not be returned?  Should we allow other people’s bad habits to affect our own practice and will this be a valid excuse?

Is Giving the Greeting (Salam) Obligatory or Recommended?

Smiling and Saying Salaam

Fiqh of salams – What is the sunna of giving and returning salams?

Amir Sulaiman on pretending that we have the disease

Posted in Convert Issues, Islam, Muslims with tags , on March 13, 2012 by talibahseeks

O mankind! Lo! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. Lo! Allah is Knower, Aware. (Pickthall) 49:13

This assessment of what i call internalized ethnocentrism is very well put.  As a convert to Islam i have witnessed the shift that happens with some converts.  They are taking on someone else’s irrelevant cultural baggage that has nothing to do with Islam.  Instead of taking advantage of the ability to view and interact with Islam objectively, some run the risk of reproducing issues that emerge from “mixing truth with falsehood” or problematic cultural practices with the religion of Islam.

What elements contribute to an environment that makes some converts feel like they have to be Pakistani, Egyptian, Saudi etc. in order to authenticate their practice of Islam even when it is seemingly self imposed?  What can we do as a community to address issues of culture, race, and ethnocentrism within the Ummah so that we can be a more spiritually and psychologically sound community?  May Allah guide us in this regard.

Further Reading:

New Muslim Series: After Shahada

Believing  as Ourselves by J. Lynn Jones

Even Angels Ask: A Journey to Islam in America by Dr Jeffrey Lang

Struggling to Surrender: Some Impressions of an American Convert to Islam by Dr. Jeffrey Lang

Losing My Religion: A Call For Help by Dr. Jeffrey Lang

An Intimate Conversation with MUSTAFA DAVIS hosted by USAMA CANON

Posted in Convert Issues, Islam, Muslims on March 8, 2012 by talibahseeks