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How have passages from the Quran been interpreted and misinterpreted with regards to domestic violence? What does verse 4:34 really mean?
Domestic violence is as prevalent in Muslim communities as it is in other faith communities. Do victims/survivors report crimes to clergy or law enforcement? Could the search for a faith-based solution reflect the idea that this is a faith-based problem?
Allow me today to describe one of those elephants. A strange elephant. Allow me to dissect it and hand it over to you, that you may ponder and hopefully open your heart and mind. Let me start off by saying these three words: I am ga...
When American Muslims say that America is the closest nation to reconcile itself to Islamic ideals anywhere in the world, they are not speaking of shariah law, they are simply reinforcing their renunciation of the dualistic view of existence. The sacred and secular are one.
President Donald J. Trump's modified version of the travel ban, aka the Muslim ban, is set to go into affect tonight. The Supreme Court ruling on Monday partially lifted the stay on the Muslim ban, putting into place certain stipulations...Show More Summary
When I was growing up in Pakistan, it was the tradition that the grieving family would not observe Eid. The family would go into a state of quiet mourning, remembering and missing their dearly departed. For them there would be no new clothes, no gifts, no visits to families, no feasting and no greetings of Eid Mubarak.
Ramadan 2017 has been filled with blessings. However, feelings of grief and fear have also surfaced, with news of so many tragic hate crimes targeting various faiths, races and marginalized groups. As a mother, I want all children to be safe and shielded from the tragedies that hit daily headlines.
Whether it’s neighbors who proudly display Trump signs on their lawn, or the casual racism of allies who expect all Muslims to condemn the actions of a deviant few, to those who can laugh off Trump as a blip on America’s political history...Show More Summary
Today, countless Muslim parents across the country may be telling their daughters not to wear the hijab, advising whether they should attend mosque services or not and cautioning them to be hyper vigilant as they go out in public. It does not have to be this way.
Young people in our highly individualized times need faith to be meaningful, relevant and fulfilling. They need us to parent them according to where they are and who they are, not according to who we are and from where we have come.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably groggy from a night of seeking forgiveness and hoping for reward from God on a powerful night. It is my honor to greet your tired eyes and empty bellies. The hope that we can maybe improve the world around us even incrementally is incredibly healing.
Rumi concludes the story by reminding us of how difficult it is to tame the wily nafs. He says: “It needs a Moses to kill the dragon.” For me, this not only underscores the importance of fasting and other practices that strengthen one’s personal will, but also of making a conscious connection to the prophets as inner archetypes of embodying the Divine Will.
Once these campaigns cross into the six-digits we consistently hear, “Why so much? How are the funds going to be used? Why not share the funds with other worthy causes?” These are all fair questions. For example, Nabra’s campaign started with a goal of $10,000 and now is at $300,000+. Perhaps the funeral will cost a few thousand, but then what?
The hardship is in having to restrain our own power because our physical deprivation acts as the reminder that real power -- true power -- is found not in exertion, but surrender.
Human beings are brought into the world incomplete and can only be completed under the influence of heaven. It is during Ramadan that we are disassembled and reassembled along lines truer to our innate nature, and through this process come to humbly accept our need for the Divine.
The challenge and struggle of our generation is which face of the House of Islam will triumph? Will it be the beautiful face briefly outlined above or the beastly dimension that will continue to dominate our airwaves? One very much hopes...Show More Summary
I don’t cover my head. I don’t pray five times a day. I didn’t marry a Muslim man. I’m not “The Muslim” they expect to see.
The summer season in North Dakota is short, sweet and very precious. It was amazing to see farmers busy harvesting crops under floodlights into the wee hours of the night. Our neighborhood on the outskirts of Grand Forks bordered a large farming field. The rumbling noise of trucks hauling beetroot and sunflower seeds were a reminder to us to get up for our sahoor.
I’ve been actively thinking about the last 10 days/nights of Ramadan and how I want to observe them. This is the time when the Prophet (pbuh) would push himself in worship and devotion, more than any other period during the year. I decided...Show More Summary
As Muslims spend the month [of Ramadan] coming together, it is important to talk about the rift between Democrats and Republicans. And, as Muslims have learned from their mistakes in sectarianism, it is critical that America does not repeat the past.