In Memoriam: Ustadh Usama Canon

For those of you who knew him closely, you know well his many extraordinary talents. Usama came from a highly gifted family, and he could have done many things with his life: a trenchant orator with an extraordinarily charismatic personality, he was also a talented musician and possessed a gifted intellect that enabled him to learn well Arabic—a category five language—in a surprisingly short amount of time, yet he chose to devote his brief life to learning his adopted faith and sharing it with others.

Sacred Text Messages

A New Podcast with Hamza Yusuf In this age of material excess and spiritual privation, grounding ourselves in divine guidance has never been more critical. The Sacred Text Messages podcast with Hamza Yusuf provides an antidote to the modern madness by reconnecting us with God and His Messenger ﷺ. Listen to timeless wisdoms from sacred sources ...

A Wird During A Pandemic

A Wird Recommended By H.E. Shaykh Abdallah Bin BayyahDuring A Pandemic English PDF Arabic PDF

Fatwa on Congregations and COVID-19

UAE Council for Fatwa issues a rulingfor performing Congregational Rites in light ofthe spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) Read English PDF Read Arabic PDF Read Farsi PDF

Sir Roger The Gadfly

I first met Sir Roger Scruton (1944–2020) some years ago, at a conference on the pernicious effects of pornography. I presented a paper addressing the root cause of the plague ravaging societies worldwide: lust. When I finished, Sir Roger approached me, introduced himself, and said, “It’s very important that Muslims come to these events, as the ...

Don't Curse the People of Syria

It is recorded in al-Mustadrak 'ala al-Sahihayn that the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said: «...لا تَسُبُّوا أَهْلَ الشَّامِ»المستدرك على الصحيحين “Never curse the people of al-Shām…”al-Mustadrak 'ala al-Sahihayn RESOURCESIntroduction to The Prayer of the Oppressed (PDF)Blog Post: A Reflection on Divine Love

The Prayer of the Oppressed - An Introduction

Introduction - The Prayer of the Oppressed (Download PDF)

Terror on a Train

Courage is the first and the foundation of the moral virtues. It is a quality that the ancients most admired in men and a quality that appears to be in decline in our modern world. But every once in a while, a sublime act of courage occurs, and, in spite of ourselves, it resonates deep within us, and we are overwhelmed with admiration for a qual...

We Shall Overcome

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.– Proverbs, 31:8-9As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the...

On the Passing of My Mother, Elizabeth George Hanson

My mother, Elizabeth Anne George Hanson, died last night with her hand in mine, surrounded by her children. She was ninety-five years old; when she was born, there was an Ottoman Caliph ruling much of the Muslim world. She lived through the Great Depression, World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Civil Rights Movement, which she was actively inv...

When Evil Fails and Goodness Prevails: Regarding the Recent Coup Attempt in Turkey

The world is, and has always been, a dystopia. There is no such thing as a perfect or flawless government, and any doctrine or ideology that entices people with the promise of a paradise on earth is flawed and demonic; the Devil tempted Adam with a “Dominion that would never end.” Democracies, liberal or otherwise, are profoundly imperfect syste...

The Plague Within

The Plague WithinJuly 5, 2016 According to a good hadith related by Ahmad and al-Tabarani, the Messenger of God, may God’s peace and blessings be upon him, said, “You will never believe until you show mercy to one another.”“All of us are merciful, O Messenger of God!” his companions responded.The Prophet, God’s peace and blessings upon him, expl...