Mspiration Interview

Saeed Saeed, an Australian writer and journalist, interviewed me recently for his unique blog: Mspiration. I was honored to be featured on his site alongside individuals who inspire me. I also appreciated Saeed's relaxed and professional interview style and overall dedication to his site and its goals. May Allah reward him generously. Those interested in reading … Continue reading Mspiration Interview

Why a Muslim Chaplain at Cornell University?

The Muslim students and alumni at Cornell University have been diligently working on establishing the first Muslim chaplaincy position on their campus. Together they have organized an official association, the Diwan Foundation, aimed at providing programming and services to support the well-being of Muslims on campus. As part of this wonderful and ambitious initiative, they … Continue reading Why a Muslim Chaplain at Cornell University?

Guidelines for the Khateeb (Muslim Preacher)

My aim in this article is to provide some guidelines for giving a khutbah (Islamic sermon). Being a khateeb (also spelled khatib) is perhaps the most honorable position that a Muslim can hold, it’s a fulfillment of part of the mission of the Prophet ﷺ. As Ibn Hilal said “the scholars and imams are the messengers of … Continue reading Guidelines for the Khateeb (Muslim Preacher)

Caring for Ahmad and Other Muslim Youth

To continue the conversation about youth at risk, and how imams and Muslim chaplains can respond, I asked my dear friend Sh. Jamaal Diwan to offer a reflection on the points raised in my article "What Happened to Ahmad: Responding to Muslim Youth at Risk." The following is his insightful response: Since I was asked … Continue reading Caring for Ahmad and Other Muslim Youth