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 …

EID MUBARAK (BLESSED EID)

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.

Critical Thinking in the Face of Propaganda

By Fedwa Wazwaz, Engage Minnesota The elections this year turned ugly as presidential candidate Barack Obama was continuously portrayed as a Muslim, with a hidden negative inference that being Muslim means that Obama supports terrorism, and that being Muslim means bad and ugly. While such attacks came mainly from the Republican party, the Democratic party did not show a strong backbone to repudiate these attacks.  Even Obama showed weakness in not fighting these attacks against Muslims and Islam by proclaiming he is not Muslim, he is a Christian.  He lacked the ability to affect a change in the psyche of Read More …

Eid Mubarak (Blessed Eid)

By Fedwa Wazwaz Eid ul-Adha, or Festival of Sacrifice is one of the major Muslim holidays.  It comes right after a 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 ahs the physical and financial ability is required to make a pilgrimage to teh holy city of Makkah, home of the Ka’bah, which Muslims believe was built by Abraham and his son Ishmael. The Hajj pilgrimage is an extremely communal event as over two million Muslims, men and women Read More …

Don’t define Muslim societies by their flaws

Fair criticism means looking beyond the faults and failings By Fedwa Wazwaz On October 22, The Minnesota Daily published my commentary “Islamo-Fascism a very racist concept.” On October 23 and 24, a couple of letters to the editor responded to my artcle. A common thread in the letters was the right to criticize Islam. Do people have a right to criticize Islam? Let me begin by quoting a couple of lines of Islamic poetry: “The eye of Love to every flaw is blind, While the eye of hatred reveals all flaws.”