Saturday, May 9, 2009

a Hamza Yusuf reader

In addition to being a powerful speaker, Shaykh Hamza is a profilic scholary writer. Following my compilation of a Sherman Jackson reader, here's a list of books and articles that Shaykh Hamza Yusuf has written, translated or contributed to . 

 (much love and thanks for Rayad Khan for his support and suggestions for this new blog :) )

If you come across anything else that should be added, please do let me know.

(You should be able to click on the titles of the all articles and books below by the way)


Submission, Faith and Beauty : The Religion of Islam (Joseph E. Lumbard, edited by Zaid Shakir and Hamza Yusuf)

Agenda to Change Our Condition By: Shaykh Hamza Yusuf & Imam Zaid Shakir

The Creed of Imam al Tahawi (Translated, Introduced, and Annotated by Hamza Yusuf) 

Content of Character: Ethical Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (Translation and Introduction by Hamza Yusuf, Collected by Shaykh Al-Amin Ali Mazrui, Foreword by Ali Mazrui)

The Content of Character Copybook: Arabic Handwriting Workbook of Ethical Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad

The Burda of al-Busiri: The Peom of the Cloak: Translation and introduction by Hamza Yusuf

Purification of the Heart: Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Diseases of the Heart: Translation and Commentary of Imam al-Mawlud's Matharat al-Qulub

Cesarean Moon Births: Calculation, Moon sighting and the Prophetic Way by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf (also available as an article online as below)

Educating Your Child in Modern Times : Raising an Intelligent, Sovereign, & Ethical Human Being (John Taylor Gatto, Hamza Yusuf Hanson, Dorothy Sayers


Ibn ‘Ashir (English Translation)

Akhdari (English Translation)

Qurat ‘ul-Absar (English Translation)

[Source: Zaytuna Publications]

Walk on Water The Wisdom of Jesus


Instruction of the Student : The Method of Learning by Imam al-Zarnuji, translated by Grunebaum and Abel

The Prophetic Invocations Imam Abdallah ibn Alawi al Haddad (compiler); Mostafa al-Badawi (translator); Shaykh Hamza Yusuf (foreword)

Blurbs (Yes I've made a category for this :) )

Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation

"Eboo Patel is an exciting new voice of a new America: diverse but not divisive, hopeful but not utopian. He speaks for all of us from a rising generation of bright, brown and bold Americans who have much to offer a country embarking on a new millennium and in need of new blood." —Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, executive director of the Zaytuna Institute

Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition: Essays by Western Muslim Scholars

"Islam must be concilated in the West if we are to move on to better days. Knowledge is the only means we have to do so and this book is a step in the right direction."-Hamza Yusuf, Director and Founder of the Zaytuna Institute

Narratives in Books:

Geneive Abdo starts off her first chapter "Imams for a New Generation" in Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America After 9/11 (2004) with a profile on Shaykh Hamza (pg. 11-26)

and Steven Barboza's 1995 book American Jihad: Islam After Malcolm X ends with a chapter on the "Nomad: Hamza Hanson (pg. 350-356)


Spring's Gift

A Tree Knelt In Praise


Climbing Mt. Purgatorio: Reflections from the Seventh Cornice

(presented at a consultation on "The Social Costs of Pornography was organized by the Witherspoon Institute in conjunction with the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Washington, DC and held at Princeton University, December 11 - 13, 2008.) See the rest of the panel, their papers and more information here

This section of articles is taken from the Seasons Journal website of Zaytuna Institute:

Who are the Disbelievers?

A Spiritual Witness Imam al-Tahawi's Gift of Simplicity

Can Women Serve as Imams?

Generous Tolerance in Islam And its Effects on the Life of a Muslim

Chess in the Light of the Jurist

Chess and the Divine Decree By Emir Abdal-Qadir al-Jaza’iri (translation)

Prayer for Rain By Imam Umar al-Yafi. (Translation)

Biography of Nizam al-Mulk By Imam Shams ad-Deen. (Translation)

Despair Not of God’s Grace By Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah. (Translation)

Making the Quran the Spring of Our Hearts

Florence of Arabia

Religion, Violence, and the Modern World

Othert articles available in the Article section of the Zaytuna website under Resources:

Another Mother of the Believers on Maryam Bint Bwayba, the beloved wife of the great scholar and teacher Murabit al-Hajj Ould Fahfu

GUARDIAN: Face to Faith Fasting is not just about giving up food, but trying to be a better person for it, writes Hamza Yusuf

Holocaust Denial Undermines Islam Tikkun Magazine, 2007.

Cesarean Moon Births

The Real Teddy Bear Tragedy Newsweek/Washington Post Dec 6, 2008 (thanks to Ammar for this link)

BBC Viewpoint: What the West can learn from Islam Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 September, 2003,

In Praise of God - The Prophet’s Birthday BBC World Service

BBC: Thought of the Day 2002 BBC

BBC Features: al-Burda

Islam has a progressive tradition too The Guardian Wednesday June 19, 2002


FRONTLINE: Interview with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
Linden MacIntyre September 2006.

Love Even Those Who Revile You An Interview by Nazim Baksh -Q News Magazine (2004)

BBC: Islam post-9/11 with Frank Gardne

Friday, May 8, 2009

BBC Thought for the Day, 8 May 2009: Abdal Hakim Murad

"All this, it seems to me, makes the debate about multiculturalism much more interesting. Politicians fret about social cohesion, and worry that our national identity is at risk. Some commentators mistrust religious and ethnic minorities, with their continuing desire to be distinctive. Yet if the concern - surely a very legitimate one - is about our sense of belonging, the Gallup poll suggests that the Muslim minority is more part of the solution than part of the problem. Difference does not have to undermine cohesion.


Still, we Muslims need to think about how our religious identity, which for most of us seems to support a strong national solidarity and loyalty, is one sort of genuinely British identity. Clearly, one important part of being British is that there is no single way of being British. And no less clearly, the culture of young British Muslims is distinctive, but is unmistakeably indigenous, and usually strongly regional as well. Pilgrims in Mecca, a city where the English language was never heard only a couple of generations ago, can now be heard speaking with the most perfect Glaswegian, Liverpudlian, or North London accents."

Read the rest here

(Courtesy of Radical Middle Way)

Abdal Hakim Murad: America as a Jihad State

New piece from theologian and intellectual Abdal Hakim Murad entitled: America as a Jihad State: Middle Eastern perceptions of modern American theopolitics available here

thanks to Najeeb for the heads-up on this :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Ebrahim Moosa is the man!

Ebrahim Moosa is the man! Just had to throw that out there. Check out his book Ghazali & the Poetics of Imagination

Millions of Young Muslims Online Generate a New Muslim Cool By Suad Abdul Khabeer

"Notably, M-team is one of many independent American Muslim artists who are using the web, through personal websites, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, iTunes, and now Twitter, not only to build their careers but to put forward their versions of America and Islam in a mixture of pride and self-critique. As they attract Muslim and non-Muslim fans online, the Internet is becoming a key location of a new "Muslim cool"-an accessible Islam that relates to the concerns of young people through an aesthetic that produces and is the product of popular culture."

Read the rest here

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

New media, new Muslim voices

I was just re-reading this article that I posted on my facebook account earlier, published on by author and film maker, Michael Wolfe:

"The soaring dominance of new media is an extremely important moment in the history of relations between Muslims and their neighbors. For the first time, ordinary Muslims can speak directly to their non-Muslim neighbors -- and share their views on just about anything -- without the mainstream media as intermediaries selecting their talking heads, pundits and experts.

Muslims should seize this golden opportunity to communicate their stories and views directly to the world."

I was looking at a book called "Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Your World" by Hugh Hewitt and reflecting on Richard Bulliet's point
in the second chapter of his book where he writes under "Print Culture and New Authorities" about "figures who gained wide audiences for their writings" (p. 85) through the new media.

Websites, blogs, even facebook and twitter is a major place where the "battle for hearts and minds" and the crisis of authority in Islam in America and around the world I'd say too is playing out today..

(For more on the crisis of authority in Islam in America see Zareena Grewal's thesis - a brief introduction to which is available here)

5/10/09: Also I want to check out this paper by Hussein Rashid 

A survey to describe some of the more popular blogs produced in the US, and the types of issues they discuss. As topical portals to the thought of Muslims of the internet age, I suggest that blogs are the new coffeehouses and bellwethers of Muslim thought.

Monday, May 4, 2009

To Be Part of the Corrective Conscience of the West

I love this quote with such passion from Dr. Jackson:

"If historical process, however, that is, routes rather than roots, is really the stuff of which human identities are made, the immigrant Muslim (like Muslims in the Muslim world) should be able to see himself as a product of the "process of modernity," a process that enthroned not all but a particular persuasion of "white" Westerners as the standard-bearers and definers of human value and achievement.
From this perspective, the Post-Colonial Muslim might be able to see that he and the Negro are products of the same historical process. Both reflect the unlit side of the Enlightenment, the darker dimensions of the triumph of "Western" man, the scarred and mutilated underbelley of modernity, with all its hypocrisy, racial terror, and moral myopia: "We hold these truths to be self-evident," in the most brutal and inhumane period of American slavery; "Liberte, equalite, fraternite," on the eve of the the most unequal, unbrotherly, and dehumanizing period of European colonial savagery.
On this understanding, the immigrant and Blackamerican Muslim could join forces as part of the corrective conscience of the West, a new Western consciousness committed to liberating both itself and humanity from the debilitating self-alienation and idolatry imposed by the false universals of white supremacy. On this approach, rather than being divided and pushed in opposite directions by American whiteness, immigrant and Blackamerican Muslims could be united in a common cause to undermine its ill-gotten authority and ensure than domination (from the Latin dominari , to rule, to be lord, master of) remains emphatically and uncompromisingly the preserve of God alone."- pg. 95 of Islam & the Blackamerican
"This raises the question, of course, of the future of Blackamerican-immigrant relations. As I hope to have shown, there are no insurmountable obstacles to immigrant-indigenous unity. Continued conflict between the two communities will only come of a conscious decision on part of either to ignore or reject their own or the other's participation in a common history. Even on such a recognition, however, immense effort will be required to sustain a shared historical consciousness. And in the absence of the latter, the two communities are likely to continue to meander along their separate paths, coexisting in a pro forma mutual recognition, resigning themselves all the while to the impossibility of bridging their respective paths, presents and future."-pg. 97

Sunday, May 3, 2009

New Faith, Olds Fears

It seems like New Faith, Old Fears: Muslims and Other Asian Immigrants in American Religious Life (2002) by Bruce Lawrence hasn't gotten much attention in the Muslim community nor on the web in general from what I can see from my google search...I just started it (have gotten it from amazon, used though new quality for really cheap) and love it so far. Here's an excerpt from the preface:

"Alongside Native American voices are those of African Americans. Victims of court injustice and denial of rights even with the official end of slavery more than a century ago, they embody the racism that has marked U.S. history since long before the first waves of Asian immigrants arrived at the turn of the twentieth century, and more recently, since 1965. All Americans, not just African Americans, "are imprisoned by the history of racial subordination in America," writes legal scholar Derrick Bell. While the way out of the prison is to delegitimate racism, "we can only delegitimate it," argues Bell, "if we can accurately pinpoint it. And racism lies at the center, not the periphery; in the permanent, not in the fleeting; in the real lives of black and white [and red and brown and yellow and mixed] people, not in the caverns of the mind."-p. xv-xvi

"It is my central thesis that without sustained attention to racizalized class prejudice one can comprehend neither culture nor religion, neither the views of the dominant class toward immigrants and other marginal groups nor the hopes and the fears that Asian immigrants share with other disadvantaged folk in the twenty-first-century America."-xvi

UPDATE: Additional quotes from the Introduction

"In its broadest formulation the challenge for Asian Americans is to understand where they are, or can be, or should be, in the racialized pattern of American society. At the subjective level there is no longer the bipolar model of white/black or black/white. Always complicated by the presence of Native Americans, it is now multiplied by the recent immigration of Asians and Hispanics." - p. 2

"The decisive analytic rubric is best defined as racialized class prejudice. Whiteness studies have demonstrated the pervasive influence of whiteness as an unmarked category projecting Ango privilege. Class prejudice underscores how the economic and social and cultural resources of whiteness are denied to all nonwhites, but especially to one race that is underlined as occupying the other end of an unspoken U.S. hierarchical social order, namely, African Americans. Far from being freed of racial taintedness because they are neither white nor black, neither Anglo nor African American, other minority groups--Asians, Hispanics, and also Amerindians--are implicated in that persistent biracial patterning of norms and values. Racialized class prejudice applies to immigrants as much as it does to African or Anglo Americans; it also suffuses religion and politics."-p. 10

"In sum, to pursue a binary analysis or to rely on binary categories of Asian-American or black-American is to miss the sense in which Anglo unhyphenated still projects the fullest form of U.S. citizenship, placing Anglo Americans apart from and above all other groups, whether those groups are deemed to be others, outsiders, or minorities. At the outset of new millennium the old prejudice lingers: all non-Anglos have yet to find the equal access, equal rights, equal hopes that mark the American dream."-pg. 11

"The option most often explored is to overleap class prejudice even when racial prejudice lingers. Bruce Lee and Tiger Woods may have made it, but the message of their success is not people of color unite and resist the oppressor; it is rather work hard so that you are less excluded than the other nameless minority--the Guptas or Singhs or Kims."- pg. 11