Live Life As If You have Made Eye Contact With God

This article was published in the Islamic Horizons, March-April issue, 2020.

Four Khans Everyone Must Read

By Prof. Muqtedar Khan This article was published by The Maydan, a forum on Islam Thought hosted by George Mason University on Feb 17, 2020. The name Khan is trending. One Khan – Imran Khan – is now the PM of Pakistan, another, Sadiq Khan, is the Mayor of London, and in the US,...

Progressive Turn and Conservative Backlash: The New Twist in American-Muslim Politics

By: Muqtedar Khan | January 23, 2020 The article is published by the Berkley Forum, a research center for Religion at World Politics at Georgetown University in Washington DC.  For American Muslims, it is the best of times, and it is the worst of times. It is the age of...

  ISLAM AND FOUR ESSENTIAL FREEDOMS

This article was first published by The Maydan at George Mason. University By Dr. Muqtedar Khan The state of freedom has steadily declined all over the world since 2005. This growing freedom deficit is most emphatic in the Muslim World; the group of nations with Muslim...

Five Reasons Why I Wrote Islam and Good Governance

For awards, articles, videos, podcasts and reviews about the book click here, Different versions of this article were published in The News Journal and on Informed Comment. In writing Islam and Good Governance: A Political Philosophy of Ihsan  my goal was nothing short of...

Ramadan is the Month of Jihad

And struggle for Allah with the struggle due to him (Quran 22:78). The Quran says that fasting has been commanded to Muslims as it was commanded to all other faith communities prior to them (2:183) in order that the believer becomes God-conscious. The purpose of fasting is to...

Future of Islam in America: A Uniquely American Sufism

American Islam will be increasingly marked by two trends: the embracing of the American through enhanced engagement in politics and service, and a shift in theological orientation toward a more spiritual Islam. Islamophobia reaching a manageable equilibrium The future of Islam in...

American Muslims should welcome same-sex marriage ruling

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court extended marriage rights to same-sex couples in all 50 states. The shift toward acceptance of gays and lesbians has generated a muted debate among American Muslims. That there has been no knee-jerk reaction to the ruling is a testimony to...

Racism in America and Islam: Remembering Bilal

“I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Slavery is America’s original sin. It was there from the beginning. While the civil war eventually abolished it, what remains is an insidious, institutionalized and pervasive racism that has persisted in spite of the triumph of...

Ramadan Fasts: Four Levels of Spirituality

Indeed, only through the remembrance of God, do hearts find contentment (Quran 13:28). The holy month of Ramadan is once again upon us and those Muslims who are fortunate to witness it are obligated to fast for the entire month, unless, they are old, traveling, ill or unable....

Contemplating Islamic Reform

“Whoever starts a good practice in Islam he will be rewarded for it and whoever starts evil practice in Islam he will be burdened with it.” (Prophet Muhammad pbuh from Sahih Muslim) The concomitant usage of the two terms Islam and Reform constitutes a major trope in the discourse...

Five Islamic Philosophers Every Muslim Must Read

Islamic intellectual culture suffers from a philosophy deficit. While there are a few philosophical thinkers in the Muslim World today none of them enjoys the rock star status that many pedestrian preachers and YouTube stalwarts enjoy. What this tells us is that people are...

God Is Beautiful and He Loves Beauty

إن الله جميل يحب ألجمال The holy month of Ramadan has come again and millions of Muslims worldwide count their blessings. They feel fortunate that they are getting one more opportunity to rededicate their lives to God; another chance to reboot their spiritual orientation. For...

Celebrating Prophet Muhammad in Delaware

The Tuesday before last was very special for the Muslim community of Delaware. We celebrated the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) for this first time in a public ceremony. Nearly a hundred members of the community, including children and grandparents, gathered...

Muslim Public Affairs Journal

The Muslim Public Affairs Journal is published by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Its mission is to engage American Muslims and the American Muslim perspective in the public policy, political and moral debates that shape the interests, core values and identity of our society....

Islamic Democratic Discourse

Islamic Democratic Discourse: Theory, Debates and Philosophical Perspectives List of Contributors Tarek Ramadan Tamara Sonn Asma Afsaruddin Osman Bakar Ozlem Denli Mahgoub El-tigani Mahmoud Carolyn Fleuhr Ali Paya Abdulaziz Sachedina Marc Lynch Abdelwahab El-Affendi   Dr....

Debating Moderate Islam

Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West After 9/11, many Americans took the view that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were the leading edge of a new war: Islam versus the West. Yet the attacks were also part of the current struggle...

American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

This important volume addresses several strategic questions with regards to US-Muslim relations, Muslim minorities in the West, Islam in America, Ijtihad and Islam and Democracy. Some of the most influential commentators from academia, policy community and the Islamic community...

Jihad for Jerusalem

Identity and Strategy in International Relations Jihad for Jerusalem advances a theory of agency in international politics. This theory of agency is based on a reconstituted constructivist paradigm. The theory is tested by an examination of the foreign policy decision making of...

Prophet Muhammad Was the Best of the Muhsins

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ وَمَلَٰٓئِكَتَهُۥ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى ٱلنَّبِىِّ ۚ يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ صَلُّوا۟ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا۟ تَسْلِيمًا Indeed Allah and his Angels send blessings on the Messenger. Oh you who believe, send your blessings upon him and salute him with appropriate...