If We Need a Religious Leader, Let Him/Her Be Like Pope Francis

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By Farouk Peru I grew in a culture of reverence: Reverence for one’s elders, teachers, leaders and also religious leaders. It was ingrained in me fairly early in my life, as Islam was passed down to me through a chain of pious and knowledgeable people known as the ‘ulama’ (people of knowledge). The ulama are [Read More...]

Is There Room for Discourse and Critical Thinking in Islam?


By Marwa Abdelghani I would like to begin by stating that my sentiments in the following anecdote are my own, personal opinion.I tell it as an attempt to reveal the beauty of discourse. I walked by the “Dawah Day” booth of the Muslim student group at my university and read something that I found interesting. [Read More...]

A Muslimah’s Story – I Chose to Have An Abortion (Part Two)

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By Iman Ahmed (This is part two of a two part series. Click here for part one.) After perusing all the scholarly material addressing the topic of abortion that I could find, and finding that options to terminate a pregnancy before 120 days into the pregnancy were well grounded in the Islamic tradition, I felt [Read More...]

Don’t Fall for the Crazy Fatwa – It’s Either False or Just an Opinion

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By Davi Barker  We’ve all been taken in by a rouse. At least I was, and it’s embarrassing to admit because you’d think by now I’d have learned. The good folks over at Electronic Intifada (genius branding, by the way) have done some homework and exposed the recent so-called “gang rape fatwa” as yet another [Read More...]