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The Higher Jihad

| October 14, 2014 | 1 Comment
The Higher Jihad

The word “jihad” strikes a nerve among most Americans, Muslim or otherwise. For Westerners, jihad invokes images of an Islamic Red Dawn. For Muslims, it leaves many of us unsettled and often unable to answer questions about what jihad means exactly. We shuffle uncomfortably and stumble for an answer; we’re not entirely sure. We’ve seen […]

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The Art of Everything: Contemporary Muslim Artists on the Meaning of Art

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Art of Everything: Contemporary Muslim Artists on the Meaning of Art

Scrolling through my Instagram account, I see a stream of nauseatingly perfect images. These pictures aren’t expressions of an inner self; they’re not raw images of both beautiful and chaotic moments in time. Instead, they’re moments stolen from serendipitous existence, manufactured to perfection. In the process, they rob us of a natural opportunity to experience […]

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Eid and the Spirit of the Season

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
Eid and the Spirit of the Season

  Originally written for Aquila Magazine As Ramadan and a much-looked-forward to Eid al-Fitr return to us this year, we take a moment to pause and reflect the true meaning of Eid. Unlike other holidays, Eid is not a stand-alone holiday; it is the celebratory period after the Islamic month of Ramadan in which we […]

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His Throne Upon Water: A Message for a Disjointed Ummah

| August 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
His Throne Upon Water: A Message for a Disjointed Ummah

“And it is He who created the Heavens and the Earth in Six Days – and His Throne had been upon water.” – Surah Hud 11:7 Although this verse appears as a small inconspicuous line of text, when tugged it unravels layers of coded meanings and offers us a more profound understanding of God. It […]

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A Syrian Refugee Wedding

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
A Syrian Refugee Wedding

By Lauren Wolfe Source: The Nation Inside a furniture-free caravan in the Jordanian desert, sixteen women and girls and a plump boy wedge themselves in a circle around a 15-year-old girl and a woman doing her hair. The hairdresser combs through one-inch sections, spraying on a fixative before twisting them into elaborate shapes. The girl, […]

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‘Take Your Portion’: A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
‘Take Your Portion’: A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

by Lauren Wolfe Source: The Atlantic Alma Abdulrahman is lying gaunt and unable to move anything below her diaphragm in a hospital bed in Amman. Some bedsores have become so deep she’s having surgery tomorrow. Screws hold together her upper vertebrae, and cigarette burns pock her right shoulder. Her voice fades in and out, hoarse […]

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Breaking the Boundaries of Fear and Silence: the Struggle for Women’s Rights in Muslim Majority Societies

| June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
Breaking the Boundaries of Fear and Silence: the Struggle for Women’s Rights in Muslim Majority Societies

By Raheel Raza Source: Women’s Voices Now   When we say we are working together in the “struggle for women’s rights in Muslim majority countries,” we presume that women DO have rights in these countries, and that we are talking about a level playing field. I would say that as girls were buried alive before […]

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Does Islam Offer the Key to Happiness?

| June 5, 2013 | 1 Comment
Does Islam Offer the Key to Happiness?

    If happiness is a state of mind, we have to question how much control we really have over it when our mind is under the influence. Islam forbids intoxicants, of course. But there is an intoxicant more powerful and dangerous than drugs or alcohol: thoughts. Surah 114, the last surah in the Qur’an, […]

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Why are Sufis Islam’s Most Deviant Heretics?

| April 9, 2013 | 4 Comments
Why are Sufis Islam’s Most Deviant Heretics?

For Sufis, there’s a thin veil between the world of man and the natural world, and it is our work to lift that veil. In that, we follow the Hermetic tradition of “as above, so below,” — something shared with Jewish mysticism. It’s our belief that the cosmic order of the heavens can be found in the smallest […]

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Why Some Muslims Don’t Celebrate Birthdays

| March 1, 2013 | 1 Comment
Why Some Muslims Don’t Celebrate Birthdays

  Some of the more fundamental types don’t celebrate birthdays with the justification that there’s no basis in Islam for it. Yet, I know plenty of the same group who celebrate the prophet’s birthday. Regardless, just because Quran didn’t explicitly speak on the subject, doesn’t mean birthdays should be crossed off. Anti-birthday types argue: “Even […]

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Afghan Woman Defies Gender Roles as First Village Chief

| May 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
Afghan Woman Defies Gender Roles as First Village Chief

In a male-dominated society that has for years been controlled by the ultra-conservative Taliban, the emergence of the first female village chief took everyone by surprise. After being ridiculed by male villagers for wanting to occupy political office, Zarifa Qazizadah, the mother of 15 children, managed to become the mayor of Naw Abad, a village […]

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D.C. Comics Panders to Muslim Audience with New Muslim Superhero

| December 28, 2010 | 2 Comments
D.C. Comics Panders to Muslim Audience with New Muslim Superhero

D.C. Comics Panders to Muslim Audience with New Muslim Superhero In a defeating blow to comic book fans everywhere – who could before open the crisp colored pages of the newest issue and delve into a world far removed from politics and religion – D.C. Comics betrays a loyal audience by injecting a fat dripping […]

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Sharia: Is There Rape Within Marriage?

| November 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

When the subject of marriage and “wifely duties” came up around the kitchen table clustered by tea-drinking chit-chatting aunties of a generation ago, there were a number of asserted opinions that certainly shocked these American ears. One of the things that really surprised me was the general consensus that a wife has to (for lack […]

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Hijab and Children: Australia’s Bullied Six Year Old Shows How Children Are Subject to Religious Indoctrination

| October 26, 2010 | 0 Comments
Hijab and Children: Australia’s Bullied Six Year Old Shows How Children Are Subject to Religious Indoctrination

  Last week in Australia, a six year old girl was temporarily suspended from her school bus service after reacting angrily against a little boy who was bullying her about her headscarf. Aside from the bullying issue and whether the punishment was fair, the issue I’d like to raise is whether it’s appropriate for a […]

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