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Captains of the Sea

We have been appointed to be captains, captains of the sea – whether on calm waters or on raging waters. Whether the tides have turned or the wind does not blow, we are all captains, vicegerents of Allah. There is no doubt of this responsibility for Allah says “…We have made you their khalifa on this earth” (Quran, 6:165). Just like we would accept any command from our bosses or a guideline from our teachers, we must fulfill this command – this command of leading the world to be...

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Islam: A Religion of Zero Tolerance

More than 1400 years ago, a system of equality, justice, and tolerance was established. It came with a universal message that all men were created equal. It declared that there would be no compulsion in religion. And it stated that people from all walks of life should come to know one another so as to foster cooperation and peace. This system was no United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Nor was it the United States’ Bill of Rights. It was the message of the Quran and the Prophet...

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Earthquake Aftershock

It was almost 5:00 am and I was still in bed. The steady beep of my alarm clock was a sound I’d been pushing to the back of my head for nearly an hour… a reminder that I needed to get up and pray now. Yet, I was still drifting in and out of sleep. A heavy curtain of darkness clouded my eyes as I feel deeper and deeper into my dreams. Suddenly, I felt my bed vibrate. My senses which had previously been dulled by sleepiness became acute....