Expressing Gratitude
Expressing Gratitude

What role, if any, does and should religion play in politics? In an age when we see many, many religious leaders linked with politics and political parties, I make the argument that this is dangerous and a misuse of religion.

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God & Caesar
God & Caesar

What role, if any, does and should religion play in politics? In an age when we see many, many religious leaders linked with politics and political parties, I make the argument that this is dangerous and a misuse of religion.

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On Keeping a Ramadan Journal
On Keeping a Ramadan Journal

Ramadan is the biggest event in the Muslim liturgical calendar. It lasts an entire month (the 9th lunar month), and there are extra devotional acts performed every day and every evening. It is the month in which we commemorate the revelation of the Quran, providing a special evening (the Night of Power) sought out in the last ten days-a mega event inside a mega event. It is the month of great spiritual benefits, forgiveness, and opportunities for renewal.

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Time in the Age of COVID-19
Time in the Age of COVID-19

There is a well-known quote by the famous jurist and polymath Imam al-Shāfi‘ī (d. 204/820): “I learned from the Sufis that time is like a knife. If you don’t cut it first, it will cut you.” This quote, perhaps more than any, was always a source of fascination for me.

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Ep. 81: Allie Khalfe
Ep. 81: Allie Khalfe

Allie Khalfe, founder of the IslamicText Institute in Cape Town, is a pioneering author with the ability to translate classical and traditional Arabic texts into the English language in a way that grasps audiences on various levels. Recognized as an assiduous student of sacred knowledge, he spent over a decade at the feet of Shaykh Seraj and Shaykh Ahmad Hendricks, who are Cape Town’s leading scholars and heads of the Azzawia Institute in Walmer Estate. They, in turn, graduated from the Umm Al-Qura University in Mecca specializing in Usūl...

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