Why Revolutions?

Why Revolutions?

| April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is a fascinating time in living history – a time of revolutions across many spheres. Our new Revolutions feature will push the envelope on Islamic reform: reform is – and will need to be – a revolution. And at the same time we’re going to cover stories and other counter movements that look to dramatically change […]

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The Higher Jihad

The Higher Jihad

| October 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

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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Maher vs. Aslan: The Real Issue is Language

Maher vs. Aslan: The Real Issue is Language

| October 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

Muslims have been hailing “touchdown!” ever since Reza Aslan went on air calling Bill Maher’s arguments “facile” and a pair of CNN Tonight hosts as “stupid.” Maher was grilled for his blanket statement on Muslim nations, throwing out that, “People were not giving enough attention to Islamic violence and oppression.” CNN Tonight hosts Alisyn Camerota […]

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

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

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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

Eid and the Spirit of the Season

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

  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

His Throne Upon Water: A Message for a Disjointed Ummah

| August 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

“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

A Syrian Refugee Wedding

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

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

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

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

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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Little Arabia Thrives in Anaheim, Garden Grove

Little Arabia Thrives in Anaheim, Garden Grove

| June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Art Marroquin Source: Orange County Register/Community   Bold, curving letters emblazon the leather-bound books lining the long shelves at Jarir Bookstore in Little Arabia. The shop’s owner, Jarir Saadoun, greets customers looking for the latest Middle Eastern cookbook, historical texts, children’s tales, or novels by best-selling Algerian author Ahlam Mostaghami. Saadoun, an Orange County […]

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

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

| June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

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?

Does Islam Offer the Key to Happiness?

| June 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

    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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Please Stop Telling Us to Abandon Islam: An Open Letter From a Muslim Reformer

Please Stop Telling Us to Abandon Islam: An Open Letter From a Muslim Reformer

| May 17, 2013 | 20 Comments

In the last two weeks, I’ve twice come across conversations where I’m either directly or indirectly encouraged toward apostasy. The first was two weeks ago, when I bumped into the fiery Nonie Darwish, and a second more sincere outcry today on Facebook from a dear lady with whom I’m in the midst of cultivating a […]

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Is Islam Really Seeking World Domination?

Is Islam Really Seeking World Domination?

| April 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

This blog was sparked by a graphic that has been circulating on Facebook, asking the simple question—is coexistence possible with Islam. . .or is it a religion bent on world domination? I read the Qur’an a number of years ago trying to establish some form of context for what I was being told about it […]

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Why are Sufis Islam’s Most Deviant Heretics?

Why are Sufis Islam’s Most Deviant Heretics?

| April 9, 2013 | 4 Comments

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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