One of the thornier issues that conservative Muslims who live in liberal democracies face is the question of navigating a relationship between Shariah and the laws of the land where they live. On the one hand, traditional Muslims believe in a Divine Law that dictates not only their rituals of worship, but also many aspects of their regular life, such as business transactions and family issues. On the other hand, for Muslims living as minorities in Western lands, the laws of the land typically also regulate these aspects of life.
Welcome to the another edition of MuslimMatters.org’s regular Islamic Art feature. If you want to see your work on MM, then either email us your images to art[@]muslimmatters[.]org or submit them to our Flickr group.Click on the images below to view the original.The following images were recently featured on The Platform – a new blog [...]
This khutbah was originally delivered on Eid-ul-Adha and discusses how part of the legacy of Ibrahim (alayhi salam) is achieving success in one's personal endeavors and more importantly securing the religious identity and spirituality of our children and coming generations by dedicating ourselves to the obedience of Allah above all.
"Assalaamu alaikum," I whispered to the warm bundle nestled against my chest, "I'm your mommy." I stroked his face and then asked the rhetorical question that every mother has asked since time immemorial. "Now... how am I going to raise you?"It's a question that I have continued to ask since that first magical night in the maternity ward.
In our times, the most quoted verse of the Quran is the "Verse of the Sword" and the phrase “not every Muslim is a terrorist but every terrorist is a Muslim” has almost become cliché. These days, many people see an inseparable link between Islam and terrorism and Muslims are searching for an appropriate response to what they see as an outright misrepresentation of their faith. This post is one attempt in this direction towards formulating an answer.
Historically Western and Muslim societies are today linked like never before. With responses to this new reality varying greatly - sometimes violently - citizens on both sides of this blurred societal divide are understandably anxious of what the coming years will bring. In his latest book, John Esposito offers his keys to ensuring a more mutually beneficial future. While some of his prescriptions are a bit problematic, others seem far too sensible to ever be implemented.
In a recent New York Times Op-ed, Mr. Friedman posits that very few Muslim political or religious leaders are willing to challenge the violent ideology of Islamic extremists. What Mr. Friedman apparently fails to realize is that there is an intense ideological struggle underway in the Muslim world, and at the heart of that struggle is the effort of orthodox scholars to delegitimize the arguments of those who would use Islamic teachings to justify wanton violence and destruction. Furthermore, contrary to his assessment, orthodoxy is gaining the upper hand.