The challenge is friends! Our friends help us choose which path to take… if our friends remind us of Allah (swt), it becomes much easier to feel strong on the path that Allah (swt) has ordained for us… but friends that are heedless of Allah (swt) only make it easy for us to forget! Instead of pulling us towards Allah, they pull us away! If we feel guilty and want to come back to the path of Allah… our friends, who are not on this path, make it difficult for us… we stand out, maybe even look weird! Friends have lead innocent youth to crime… friends have caused peer pressure to make a Muslim youth conform to societal expectations… but also… Friends have pulled a fallen youth up from the gutters, bringing them closer to Allah (swt)! It all depends on the company you keep! So how do you get to have such a company?
In our extremely polarized time, where do Muslims fall in on conservative or progressive values, especially when it comes to gender roles and masculinity in particular? Dr. Brown discusses where Islam fits in with modern issues around gender.
The nation-state and nationalism are both modern phenomena. In his article for Renovatio, Zaid Shakir writes that Islam contains clear arguments against the most important elements of nationalism. This conversation explores the contents of his article, Where Islam and Nationalism Collide, to be published in Vol I, Issue II of Renovatio: the Journal of Zaytuna College: https://renovatio.zaytuna.edu/article/where-islam-and-nationalism-collide
Our youth do not have high expectations and settle for mediocrity. Shaykh Yasir Qadhi explains why this should not be and we should set our sights high. We should aim for the best and strive for excellence.
“Indeed the ends you seek are diverse.” (94:4) Muslim students are more than just “Muslim” and “students.” How do different parts of our identity play a role in who we are, who we become, and how we embrace different parts of identity? Recorded at the 51st Annual MSA National Continental Conference in Detroit, MI on Friday, August 29, 2014.
Islam does not contradict our identity as Americans. Our faith is relevant for all times and places. Unfortunately there are Muslims without any understanding of Islam who claim to be speaking on behalf of the faith, which they end up tarnishing it instead.
Celebrities, influential people and the fantasies that they create have always shaped the world views of civilizations. However, idols of the present time tend to be more influential due to their visibility compared to those of the past. Idols of the present time will be compared to those of the past in an effort to critically evaluate their influence to capture the hearts of society and hence their true worthiness of the status of “idol”.
Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an (68:4); “And verily you (Oh Muhammad) are on an exalted standard of character”. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “I was sent to perfect and complete the good character”. In a time when the character and behavior of only a few ‘Muslims’ is actually destroying the image of the religion of Islam and it’s followers, it is vital as Muslims to look to the example of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and adopt it into our lives, for it was through his good manners and character that many reverted to Islam.