Islamophobia Driven by Guroor, not Fear of Terrorism

By Fedwa Wazwaz, Engage Minnesota I love to follow the teachings of Habib Ali, a phenomenal teacher on Islamic spirituality.  In a beautiful lesson, he once said that the more guroor a person has, the more harm comes out of this person. What is guroor? While reading my Facebook news feed, I ran across a blog by a Facebook friend, Sincere teacher transform hearts. Read the rest of Fedwa’s Star Tribune post here.

Why Study Islam?

By Fedwa Wazwaz, Engage Minnesota. “Not to know is bad, not to wish to know is much worse.” –Nigerian proverb. A couple of years ago, I was in a training session in Edina.  The instructor, who was from Texas, went out of his way to be nice to me during the session.  Every now and then, he would pause as though he wanted to ask me a question that wasn’t training-related, but he would change his mind.

Help flood victims in Pakistan

By Fedwa Wazwaz, Engage Minnesota I have been battling migraines and extremely tired to write much, so there is a backlog of articles that I will wrap up this next two weeks regarding Ramadan. We had quite a few events within the Twin Cities during Ramadan where Muslims struggled to reach out to the best of their ability to be a mercy and in the service of others.

Where Is God in Haiti?

Free online event with Sheikh Nuh Keller. When trials and tribulations hit, many people struggle in search for meaning while others fall in despair or seek means of escapism. Many faiths offer counseling on how to deal with trials and tribulations.  In Islam – trials and tribulations are expected to hit as a test of faith and growth, and in face of them, Muslims are to remind themselves and each other that: “Allah suffices us, and is the best to rely on.” (Qur’an 3:173) The recent earthquake in Haiti is one such example.  The earthquake has destroyed homes, damaged infrastructure, and Read More …


By Fedwa Wazwaz  Eid ul-Adha, or Festival of Sacrifice is one of the major Muslim holidays.  It comes right after the fifth pillar of Islam called the Hajj or pilgrimage.  The Hajj commemorates the life and trials of Prophet Abraham’s family, upon them peace and blessings.  Once in a lifetime, every adult Muslim who has the physical and financial ability is required to make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah, home of the Ka’bah, which Muslims believe was built by Abraham and his son Ishmael.