Contemporary Issues, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

A Muslim’s Guide to the Stock Market: Beginner Level

Note: This post contains some affiliate links. About a year or so ago, I was encouraged to read the highly popular personal finance book Rich Dad, Poor Dad and developed a sensational interest in stocks and investments in general. But there was just one problem. I knew nothing about the subject. How do they work? How do I buy and sell them? How do I know which ones to buy? What about the Islamic aspect? How can I know if they are halal or haram? What’s a mutual fund? So this led me on a quest of many weeks to do…

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Contemporary Issues, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Notes: Buying a Home Islamically Seminar w/ Sh. Joe Bradford

I took the online seminar with Sh. Joe Bradford a few months ago. I really enjoyed it and took down notes. I am providing them below. He doesn’t cover just the Islamic aspect of it but also budgeting and being responsible with money. Please note that I did not write down every single thing or detail that he said. I just noted down what I personally found interesting or beneficial. You can also download the notes below in a pdf format here for easy printing and reading. As an added bonus, you can also download my notes from Khan Academy’s videos on the home…

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Contemporary Issues, Seerah (Prophet's Life)

Muslims in the West: Prophetic Guidance on Dealing With Bad Perception & Persecution

Us Muslims here in the U.S. are facing three main problems with regards to our image and rights: Weak political support Bad public opinion Islamophobia In many ways, this is no different than the Meccan phase of the da’wah during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). They too had the above three problems. As Muslims, I think it is important for us to look into how he dealt with it. After all, he is our ultimate guide. When I personally reflect over the biography of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and how he dealt with the above mentioned problems, I can…

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Contemporary Issues

Imam Salaries: Are Imams Less Valuable Than Garbage Collectors?

As a board member and a president of a mosque in the U.S. for many years, I have some things to say on this topic. The average salary of an imam in the U.S. is $30,000. The average salary of a garbage collector in the U.S. is $33,660. This should show you how much worth we give our religious leaders. I don’t know why some people in our community give less value to an imam of the community than a garbage man [1]. Is this the type of honor and respect we want to hold for a religious leader in…

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