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Conversation with Qays Arthur on Guidance and Faith

By Fedwa Wazwaz, Engage Minnesota The conversation with Shaykh Qays Arthur will continue with an exploration of the meaning of faith and guidance in Islam.  This will be covered in a few blogs as there are many angles to this issue that I would like to explore.  This blog will deal with the angle of the importance of acknowledging our ignorance and that what we do not know is tremendously greater than what we do know about ourselves, others and the universe we live in. Read the rest of Fedwa’s article here.

Energy Conservation: Religious Duty and Good Sense

By Rafi Sohail, Engage Minnesota Conservation of natural resources is a key to ensuring the longevity of our planet and its inhabitants. Islam has a rich tradition of drawing our attention to properly taking care of the environment. The teachings of Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) point toward conservation, sustainable development, and resource management. The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) remarked, “The Earth is green and beautiful, and God has appointed you his stewards over it.” This holistic environmental philosophy assumes a fundamental link and interdependency between all natural elements; if one of these is abused, then the natural world as a whole will Read More …

The ‘True’ Act of a Muslim

By Heba Abdel-Karim Sitting at Borders on an early Saturday morning, I noticed an elderly couple coming to sit in an area near me. It was crowded, and the only two seats were quite far apart. One of them was right next to me. Being raised to respect the elderly, I happily gave up my seat for the man to sit by his wife. Not expecting a response, I started walking away to find another seat. He stopped me, however, and said something that amazed me, yet left me feeling cheerful until today. He said: “By the way, that was Read More …