Motherhood A Gift, A Trust and A Privilege

As pro-choice Americans storm the U.S. Supreme Court in anguish over the potential repealing of the longstanding abortion legislation Roe vs. Wade, the substance of the debate is lost in the political melee.There is no doubt that any of the people alive haggling pro-life or pro-choice wish that their mothers had terminated their life while they were in the womb. The human being and all living things cling heavily and fight to live. A dying plant struggles to absorb water and sunlight to live. A human being near death clutches dearly to inhale and exhale their last breath. This is because life and the bringing forth of life is substantial. The generous and meaningful cycle of our physical lives and being are explained in detail for us to understand.

Civic Engagement is Our Duty

Muslims obtain their guidance from two primary sources; the Qur’an and the Sunnah (sayings and actions) of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Both sources assert that civic engagement is an obligation. In praising the last and final ummah, Allah (SWT) declares, “You are the best community (ummah) brought forth for (the good) of mankind.” (Aal ‘Imran, 3:110) It is clear that we have been chosen to be of benefit to humanity i.e. to serve the community at large; Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The Prophet (SAW) did inform, “The best of people are those who are most beneficial to people.” In another narration, he (SAW) said, “The most dear to Allah are those who are beneficial to people.” Imagine if the Prophet (SAW) rejected the support of his uncle Abu Talib because he was a polytheist1. Abu Talib was responsible for not only protecting the Prophet (SAW) from physical harm...

Imam Elturk Joins the Interfaith Power and Light Webinar on the Importance of Voting

On Tuesday (August 9), Imam Mustapha Elturk, Ameer of the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA), participated in an important interfaith webinar titled “Encouraging Faith Communities to Vote - Sermons on the Importance of Voting.” The webinar was hosted by the Interfaith Power & Light whose mission is to inspire and equip people of faith to exercise stewardship of and love for all Creation. Imam Elturk representing the Islamic faith was joined with the Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley and Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb from Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation. Rev. Susan Hendershot, President of IPL, led the discussion.In response to, how do the Quran and Muhammad speak to voting in a 21st century American democracy? Imam Elturk stated that Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the 7th century established...

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