Episode One
Thirty Years Ago Today

Black Fathers, Present and Accountable

"Relationships can’t blossom unless there is meaningful communication. That’s why “supplication is the key to worship.” It is a sign of meaningful communication between God and a person"


Suhaib Webb

Originally found on: believers-journey

(via islamic-art-and-quotes)

Watch "Hamza Yusuf speaking about ISIS" on YouTube

Hamza Yusuf speaking about ISIS:

"You got a hell of a nerve / If, if my rhetoric is too strident / Who better to correct me than my brothers? / And my sisters? / If I need to be brought in line or refined / Who better to do it than the members of my own family? / We don’t get into your family business / You stay out of ours"

"It took Adolf Hitler and his Nazi cohorts 12 years to round up and murder 6 million Jews, but their Teutonic cousins, the British, managed to kill almost 4 million Indians in just over a year, with Prime Minister Winston Churchill cheering from the sidelines. Australian biochemist Dr Gideon Polya has called the Bengal Famine a “manmade holocaust” because Churchill’s policies were directly responsible for the disaster. Bengal had a bountiful harvest in 1942, but the British started diverting vast quantities of food grain from India to Britain, contributing to a massive food shortage in the areas comprising present-day West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Bangladesh. Author Madhusree Mukerjee tracked down some of the survivors and paints a chilling picture of the effects of hunger and deprivation. In Churchill’s Secret War, she writes: “Parents dumped their starving children into rivers and wells. Many took their lives by throwing themselves in front of trains. Starving people begged for the starchy water in which rice had been boiled. Children ate leaves and vines, yam stems and grass. People were too weak even to cremate their loved ones.”"

- Remembering India’s Forgotten Holocaust.  (via thisiseverydayracism)

(Source: mehreenkasana, via collctr)


"Relief accompanies difficulties" - Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) [Nawawi]

It is the way of Allah - based on His infinite wisdom - to have mankind pass through stages in their lives. In general, people go through good times and they go through hard times. Naturally, it is when they go through hard times that they face the most psychological stress.

We should know that whatever hardship or difficulties we face will come to an end soon. It, therefore, behoves us to be patient and to have good expectations concerning Allah. Allah is the Most Merciful of those who are merciful, even more merciful than a mother towards her small infant. We should realize that the Merciful will not leave us in that situation for long if we are patient for the sake of Allah.

If a person lives a life of ease only, it becomes simple for him to forget about Allah. If a person is rescued by Allah in his darkest hour, that person should never afterwards forget Allah and what Allah has done for him. Indeed, there should be a close bond forged that may not have existed had Allah not tried His servant.

Compiled From:
“Commentary on the Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi” - Jamaal al-Din Zarabozo, pp. 784, 785




"Be patient over the teacher’s strictness and harshness,
For the stores of knowledge are present in his harshness.
Whoever does not taste the humility of learning, even for an hour,
Will drink the humility of ignorance for the rest of his life.
For him who misses out on learning in his youth,
Then announce four takbirs over him for his death is due.
By Allah, the life of a youth is by knowledge and piety,
If they are not present, then nothing can express his existence."

- Imam Al Shafi

"If a person is intelligent and pious,
His piety occupies him from the sins of others.
Just like the ill one is kept preoccupied,
From the sickness of others by his own sickness."

- Imam Al Shafi

"Leave your country in search of loftiness,
And travel! For in travel there are 5 benefits:
Relief of adversity and earning of livelihood,
And knowledge and etiquettes and noble companionship.
If it is said that travelling brings humiliation and difficulty,
And long journeys across deserts and toil and trouble.
Then death is better for a person than him remaining,
In a humiliating land between traitors and enviers."

- Imam Al Shafi