Articles I Have Written
These are longer informational or opinion pieces about Islamic issues. For my commentary on ongoing events, please check out my blog.
Evidences for Jilbab - Some Muslims say that the jilbab (Islamic outergarment) is not necessary. This article shows why it is fard for a Muslim sister to wear a jilbab outdoors and in open public places. It provides dalils from the Quran, the Sunna, and the consensus of the scholars.
Examining the Dalils for Niqab - Some Muslims claim that niqab is fard and bring evidence from the Quran and Sunna that they say proves it. But their evidence is not as compelling as it seems at first. This article shows why not.
A Field Guide to Islamic Activists - Distinguishing between Islamic activism and the "militant Islam" of Osama Bin Laden. Provides a look at four movements in Islam today.
Fiqh of Music - A brief guide to Islamic rules concerning music, and a message to young Muslims.
Fiqh of Picture-Making - A brief guide to Islamic rules concerning representational art.
Mothers in Islamic Teaching - Learn why Jannah is at the feet of mothers and in general all that your parents are due from you.
Muslims, Stand Up for Justice! - Why Muslims must stand up for justice, even when this means fighting against other Muslims who have done wrong.
Polygyny in Christianity - Islam is often vilified for permitting polygyny (the taking of multiple wives by a man). But guess what, polygyny is allowed by the Bible - and some Christians want to bring it back. This article takes a very brief look at multiple marriage in Christianity.
A Study of Surah an-Nur ayah 31 - In this article, I take another approach to the question of niqab. Those who argue that niqab is fard often say that Surah an-Nur ayah 31 mandates the covering of the face. This article shows that in fact the majority opinion is that this ayah allows the display of the face and hands.
Tips for Beginning to Wear Hijab - The decision to start wearing hijab is one of the most difficult decisions that many sisters face. Having gone through it myself, I would like to offer some advice.
The Veil in Christianity - Oh the furor over hijab! But guess what, Christian women are supposed to cover their hair too - it says so in the Bible. This article provides a brief look at the veiling of women in Christianity.
The Voice of a Woman - Some Muslims claim that a woman's voice is awra and must not be heard by non-mahram men. Is it true? This article examines the dalils for both sides and shows that a woman may speak to non-mahram men as is necessary to complete her business.
What is the Final Rule on Hijab? - This article is a follow-up to "A Study of Surah an-Nur ayah 31"; it presents a number of arguments why Surah an-Nur ayah 31 is the final rule on hijab so that it is halal for a woman to display her face and hands in public.
What is the Khimar? - This article is a companion to "A Study of Surah an-Nur ayah 31" and focuses on explaining why the khimar commanded in that ayah is no more and no less than a headscarf.
Why Muslims Must Follow the Sunnah As Well As the Quran - Some groups claim that it is sufficient to follow the Quran alone. This article uses the Quran itself to show their error, and discusses some other issues related to the Sunna and the hadiths.
"Why Should I Wear Hijab?" - An article addressed to those of my sisters who don't wear hijab, and aren't sure they want to. Yes, I'm going to try to talk you into it.
Why Wear Niqab? - Although I strongly believe that niqab is not fard, I am nonetheless an equally strong believer that niqab is mustahabb and sunna. This article sets out some reasons why I believe this.