There was something special about the night my friend took her shahada (declaration of faith). I remember it was after praying ‘isha (the night prayer) when the imam announced the news to the congregation; I cried as the whole masjid erupted in takbeers (Allahu akbar) to praise Allah and welcome a new member to our community. That night, I felt the support of community. I felt peace from Allah.
On Friday, October 26, Muslims all over the world will be celebrating Eid al-Adha, which occurs in the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar called Dhul-Hijjah. Eid al-Adha translates to “Festival of Sacrifice,” to which Muslims recall and commemorate the trials of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.). Eid al-Adha signals the ending of Hajj; a Muslim is obligated to take part in Hajj at least once in their life, provided that they are of able health and finance. The literal meaning of Hajj is – “to set out for a place.” In the Islamic context, it refers to the annual pilgrimage Muslims make to the holy city of Mecca to perform religious rites.
Rumors were speculating after the end of the first debate about whether President Obama purposefully raised his white flag in order to better examine his opponent or if his campaign had lost its previous passion and vigor that was seen in the elections of 2008. Would the President be able to reclaim his momentum after falling in the first round?
Our new design editor, Jonathan Ruchlis, has come up with a creative way to keep us up to date on the debates. Click on the image to view the relevant article that recaps the debate.
With the aftermath of the Obama-Romney debate resulting in a near one-sided victory for Governor Romney, President Obama being reduced to attacking Romney and his plan to “kill Big Bird” by cutting funding to PBS, and Romney leading in many polls, it was up to Vice President Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden, Jr. to step into the arena for Round 2.
Youth incarceration is a national epidemic; the issues associated with it are deeply rooted and systemic. Specifically, Los Angeles County has one of the highest youth incarceration rates in the country.
After months of campaigning, Willard Mitt Romney, Republican candidate would finally face his opponent: incumbent President of the United States and Democratic candidate, Barack Hussein Obama. At 9 PM central time, the two challengers entered the arena at the University of Denver. They shook hands before moderator Jim Lehrer explained the format and rules. The battle had begun…
What’s a day in the life of a UCLA Muslim Bruin like? Check out this video on the truth about Sharia’h law made by fourth-year English major, Ranim Hijazi, fourth-year neuroscience and Arabic major, Tarik Takkesh, and third-year microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics major, Dania Takkesh.
Let us, as Muslims, not fool ourselves. The 2008 election of Barack Hussein Obama to the Presidency of the United States was a watershed moment for US foreign policy. A man with a Muslim-esque name was finally going to be making deals with, stopping wars against, and lifting up the many splintered nations of Islam. Or at least, that was the hope.
It is once again that time of the year –the leaves are falling, the winds are blowing, and the clouds are slowly gathering. While it may seemingly be a typical fall season, emotions run deeply through the air as the United States of America nears its 57th quadrennial election.