FortyNine13 with MuslimARC

MuslimARC is having a video contest: FortyNine13, based on chapter 49 (al-Hujarat), verse 13:

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ مِنْ ذَكَرٍ وَأُنْثَىٰ وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا ۚ إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ

O’ Mankind! We created you from a male and female and made you into peoples and tribes so that you may mutually know one another. The noblest among you in God’s sight is the one with the most taqwa. Gid is All-Knowing, All-Aware.

Please join us in combating racism within and outside the Muslim community by submitting your own video. See here for details.

Being Black and Muslim – al-Jazeera Stream

Join Hind Makki, Ibrahim Abdul Matin, Nsenga Knight and myself, and others tomorrow, 2:30pm on al-Jazeera Stream (@AJStream) for “What is it like #BeingBlackAndMuslim?”: please tweet questions and comments using the hashtag #AJStream.

Hind Makki

The daughter of African immigrants to the American Midwest, Hind Makki (@HindMakki)has long been interested in understanding the impact of migration, race, religion on shaping the development of Western Muslim consciousness. Hind has appeared on Al Jazeera’s “The Stream,” Chicago Public Radio and Huffington Post Live; her work is featured in Alarabiya News, AltMuslimah, The Cambridge Companion to American Islam, Common Ground News, The Economist, The Huffington Post, Islamic Horizons, National Public Radio, PolicyMic; and she has published pieces in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Hind holds a degree in International Relations from Brown University.

Ibrahim Abdul Matin

The author of The Green Deen, Ibrahim (@IbrahimSalih) is a former National Urban Fellow and policy advisor to Mayor Bloomberg. He spends his days pounding political and executive corridors to find integrated solutions to complex business and social challenges.


Nsenga Knight

Nsenga Knight (@Nsenga_K) is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker. Her work expands upon the common aesthetic and conceptual inclinations in Islamic Art, American and European abstraction and the conceptual arts movement, reflecting her interests in ritual, subjectivity, history, archiving and intervention. Nsenga’s artistic process is as tied to the medium of drawing and performance art as it is to photography and the aesthetics of cinema, particularly experimental films. For more on her work, see her web site here.


The Stream is a social media community with its own daily television program, focusing on stories that are ongoing, global, and sourced from social media. The Stream is an aggregator of online sources and discussion, seeking out unheard voices, new perspectives from people on the ground and untold angles related to the most compelling stories of the day. We also share the platform with artists, celebrities and intellectuals who are an integral part of the social media community.

The program is critically acclaimed, having won the prestigious Royal Television Society Award in the UK for ‘the most innovative news show’ and an Emmy nomination in the US for its “best new approaches to news and documentaries”.

The show appears live on Al Jazeera English TV channel and repeats at 04:30 GMT, 08:30GMT, 14:30GMT.

You can watch this episode here.

Arabic in the Philadelphia Area

Fawakih, a rapidly-growing institute that teaches Qur’anic Arabic in seven chapters across the US, is now exploring whether to start offering courses in the Philadelphia area! The primary objective of Fawakih’s year-round part-time program is to enable students to learn the language of the Qur’an without interrupting their work and education, or being limited to online and summer-residential options. Classes would be offered with three instructional hours a week over the course of eigt months. Students engage Qur’anic vocabulary (mufradat al Qur’an), understand various sentence components (nahw), and dissect words and understand patterns (awzan) to gain a deeper understanding of the root meanings (sarf), all in order to gain access to the Qur’an, Prophetic teachings, and the works of great scholars.

This is an incredible opportunity to take advantage of the excellent curriculum, teachers, and resources that Fawakih provides, right here in the Philadelphia area. Fawakih’s student body currently includes over 100 students in the US. In order to help determine the interest, Fawakih has launched a poll to gauge the level of interest in studying Qur’anic Arabic in the Philadelphia area and to determine where potential students are located.

If you are interested, please click here to fill out the poll.  Please also share this email with your friends, family and communities and encourage them to do the same. For far too long I have heard a number of Muslims bemoan the lack of knowledge-opportunities in the Philadelphia area. Now’s your chance to change that. If you have any questions, feel free to visit Fawakih‘s web site or reach out to, or to Zaid Mohiuddin, at

Why Do Bad Things Happen? UMass Amherst MSA Event

Natural disaster, hunger, poverty and war. Why do bad things happen to good people? Join Dr. Ali Hazratji and myself at UMass Amherst for “Why Bad Things Happen” Thursday, March 7th at 7:15pm in the Campus Center Room 101.

أَحَسِبَ النَّاسُ أَنْ يُتْرَكُوا أَنْ يَقُولُوا آمَنَّا وَهُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُونَ

“Do people imagine that they will be left to say, ‘We have attained faith!,’ and will not be tested?.” — Qur’an, 29: 2.

Masjid Al Abidin Presents – Spiritual Survival 101

Joing me February 23rd in NYC for Spiritual Survival 101Religion in the Modern Day: When your old ways of self-refinement and problem solving don’t seem to be doing the trick, perhaps it is time to take off the ancient spectacles and put classical religious problems under the microscope of a modern lens. Join me as we try and tackle pertinent and enduring issues facing Muslims today, many that have been around since the time of our beloved Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, with a perspective attuned to the time and age we live in. God willing, we’ll try and stay one step ahead of the game.