The NCEO has found that in the United States alone, 28 million employees own stock in the company that they work for through various mechanisms including employee stock ownership plans, stock options, stock purchase plans, and 401(k) superannuation plans.
This represents almost 20% of the workforce of the United States. At the same time, Islamically, almost all publicly traded companies in the United States partake in activities that are Haram, and thus some fraction of the wealth and assets of the companies are impure.
It’s therefore incumbent on Muslims to work out how to purify these stock grants. In the following article and slide deck, I show a method for computing what that percentage should be, using public information about Google’s finances.
“He who comes to my mosque here [in Madinah] to learn or to teach some good thing, he is in the status of the mujahid in the cause of Allah”
— Narrated by Ibn Majah
Two decades ago, my father had dragged me to the Mosque of the Prophet when I was — let’s say — less interested in Islamic knowledge. He had agreed to meet a colleague at a particular class that was being held in the Masjid of the Prophet. Continue reading “Attending classes in the Prophetic Mosque”
As we approach the midpoint of Ramadan, it’s a great opportunity to take a step back and review our progress. When it comes to worldly matters, we do things like define goals, and objectives and even incentives to make sure we achieve what we think is important. When it comes to Islam, we’re a lot more lax, almost as if we think relying on Allah means we’re not allowed to put together a plan. Continue reading “Optimizing our Ramadan effectiveness: 3 practical lessons”
“You [O Muhammad] were gentle with them, and if you were rude and hard-hearted, they would have run away from you.” As I watch protests around the world go awry and become violent, it’s this verse that rings in my ears, a stinging reminder of how far Muslims have strayed from the example of the man whose honour they claim to be defending. Continue reading “Are Muslims Defending or Desecrating Muhammad’s legacy?”