Motherhood: A New Sense of Humility

Women give birth everyday, but the experience is enough to completely alter one’s perspective of life. Pregnancy and delivery might make some women feel a sense of power, of creating life, of being the medium for someone’s arrival into this world.But for me, it did the complete opposite.I am extremely humbled. Delivery in all actuality is a near-death experience, and for me, ready to go under the knife as I was out cold from full anesthesia, and came back due to His will, I felt the immense, harrowing, yet assuring realization that my life is not in my hands.It was all Him. My Rabb was the One guiding my body, the doctor’s hands, to bring out the baby alive and breathing..

The Hajj and the Legacy of Ibrahim (AS)

Every season of Hajj reminds us of the legacy of Ibrahim (AS), who along with his son, Ismail (AS) raised the Ancient House (al-Bayt al-Ateeq) or Ka’bah from its foundations to restore the worship of One God. “And We located the position of the House for Ibrahim: ´Do not associate anything with Me and purify My House for those who circle it, and those who stand and bow and prostrate.” (al-Hajj, 22:26)
Ibrahim (AS)’s search of truth began when he was a teenager living in the household of Azar—his father, who was engaged in the making and worshipping of idols. Guided by his pure nature, sound intellect and rationalist mind, Ibrahim (AS) questioned his father about idol-worship pointing out to him that he and his people were in clear error. “Remember when Ibrahim said to his father, Azar, “Do you take idols as gods? I see that you and your people are clearly misguided” (al-An’am, 6:74)...

IONA Joins Take On Hate Rally in Dearborn

Last night, at the Take on Hate rally event at the University of Michigan Dearborn campus, a host of politicians, including US congress people, Debbie Dingell, Andy Levin and Rashida Tlaib; Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, Garlin Gilchrist II; Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy and community leaders were joined by activists and members of the community to address the issue of Hate. Imam Mustapha Elturk, was among the invited clergy to offer a prayer. The event focused on all forms of hate against all people, Arabs, Muslims, Jews, Blacks, Latinos, among other minorities. The rally called on ending the hateful rhetoric...

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