The Ismaili: Eid-e Ghadir

Eid-e Ghadir, also known as Eid al-Ghadir Khumm, is an anniversary of special significance to all Shia Muslims. It commemorates the occasion at Ghadir Khumm when, by divine command, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) designated his cousin Hazrat Ali — husband of his daughter and only surviving child, Hazrat Bibi Fatima…

Listen to the 2011 Peter Craigie Memorial Lecture by Professor Zayn Kassam – Muslim Women and the Jihad for Gender Justice

Zayn Kassam, Professor of Religious Studies at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University in California, examines how Muslim women are framed in western discourse and explores how Muslim thinkers historically situated in patriarchal contexts interpreted the Qur’an’s verses dealing with women and the family for legal and social purposes. She explores some of the challenges…

Martin Lings: Proofs of Islam

In this insightful essay – a must read from start to finish – the late Dr. Martin Lings provides traditional proofs of Islam, with the emphasis being on the certainty in the soul. He writes that “God never sends a new religion without proofs that it comes from Him; and a man has a right…

State of Muslims in America: Online Seminar with Hussein Rashid – The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

Date: September 1, 2011 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm Speaker: Dr. Hussein Rashid Join us for a presentation and discussion with scholar Hussein Rashid. As part of our programming surrounding the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11th, 2001, this webinar will explore the issues of Islamophobia with a focus on the progress and challenges that have developed…

Send an Eid eCard greeting

As Muslims worldwide prepare to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr, TheIsmaili.org is pleased to offer its email greeting card service. The free service makes it easy to send Eid ul-Fitr greetings to up to 50 friends and family members at a time. Choose from a selection of unique eCard designs, and customise your card with a personal…

My Fellow American: Muslims as our neighbors

America has always been a melting pot, but in the post-9/11 world the environment can be downright hostile. Recent mosque protests and congressional hearings on American Muslims are all unfortunate examples of a rising tide of fear. This climate of suspicion towards our fellow Americans compromises the great values that our country was founded upon.…

Islam and the Media with Ali Asani and Michael Paulson | Islamopediaonline.org

Islamopedia Online presents another installment of Islam & the Media, a series of conversations between scholars and journalists aimed at improving coverage of Islam. In this installment, Professor Ali Asani and Boston Globe City Editor Michael Paulson discuss the various challenges and lessons of covering Islam in the United States. http://www.islamopediaonline.org/video/islam-media-ali-asani-and-michael-paulson

The Spirituality of Shi’i Islam: Belief and Practices: Ali Amir-Moezzi

Product Description: Shi’ism is the second most numerous branch of Islam in the modern world, with between 130 and 190 million adherents across the globe. Shi’i Islam is becoming an increasingly significant and resurgent force in contemporary politics, especially in the Middle East. This makes a good and informed treatment of its fundamental spiritual beliefs…

February 11, 2011 – Sufi rock music is topic of Islam scholar’s talk

Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures at Harvard University, gives a talk titled “From Qawwali to Sufi Rock: Exploring Contemporary Expressions of Muslim Devotional Literature.” A native of Kenya, Asani is director of Harvard’s Ph.D. program in Indo-Muslim Culture and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, as…

Books: Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Daily Prayers in the Traditions of Shi’i Islam (I.I.S. Occasional Papers) R. Shah Kazemi

Product Description The Qur’an is the sacramental foundation of prayer in Islam. Its inspirational power is perpetually renewed through being recited and meditated upon by Muslims on a daily basis throughout their lives. This succinct and readable study offers unique contemporary insights into the spiritual, intellectual and moral interplay set in motion by the short…

Voices: Good Sufi, Bad Muslims, by Omid Safi « Simerg

One of the lower points in the Park51 Center controversy was the comment by New York Governor David Paterson: “This group who has put this mosque together, they are known as the Sufi Muslims. This is not like the Shiites…They’re almost like a hybrid, almost westernized. They are not really what I would classify in…

Aliya Hirji to present on “Interfaith Dialogue and Education for Women in the Qur’an: A Canadian-Ismaili-Muslim Woman’s Perspective”

Interfaith Dialogue and Education for Women in the Qur’an: A Canadian-Ismaili-Muslim Woman’s Perspective Aliya Hirji will help to break down stereotypes through a journey using the Qur’an, stories in other books, and her own humorous experiences of growing up as a young Ismaili Muslim woman. Aliya Hirji is the Senior Intern at the Iona Pacific…