Furthermore, the rise of consumer culture in the Muslim world that inhibits contemplation, is likely to further expand this gap by making religious thinking the sole property of the mullahs who tend to favor the more restrictive meaning of Islam. I prefer to live in a secular society where everyone is equal, have same rights and obligations.In the end, I'd like to share one of my favorite verses from the Quran (Chapter 2, Verse 177)7 It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces Towards east or West; but it is righteousness- to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfill the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. I don't want anyone to impose a way of life on me, I just want to choose whether or not to put hair scarf for instance.
The voices in this episode are only a sample of the many thoughtful reflections we received in response to our exploration of the many, varying expressions of Muslim identity.
We created a dynamic map that allows you to read each Muslim's essay and see the broader geographical context.
Of course, it exhibits in practicing of the five pillars of Islam, namely, the profession of faith itself, the five daily prayers, charitable giving, Ramadan fasting, and pilgrimage to Mecca.
I am truly concerned about the contemporary dominance of narrow andexclusive interpretation of Islamic text and traditions over more universal and expansive understanding of the beauty of its message.
She is a professor of Conflict Resolution Studies at NOVA Southeastern University.
We received so many wonderful Ramadan stories from Muslims around the world. Rather than letting these stories collect dust, we created this playlist featuring 30 voices —one story per day for each day of Ramadan.I find my faith guiding my actions in almost every sphere of my life.Whether its in being a responsible parent and spouse, or trying to do justice to my work obligations, or being a part of community.Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month.Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is quiet for breakfast and prayers with one's family; of breaking the fast every day after nightfall in celebration and prayers with friends and a former senior program officer in the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace.I grew up in a catholic european country and became interested in Islam through marriage.