There’s “Muslim,” and Then There’s “Muslim-Born”…

The Independent recently published an article by Jerome Taylor, titled "First woman to lead Friday prayers in the UK," talking about the mixed-congregation Friday prayers that Canadian Raheel Raza was to lead the following day.  I read it, feeling confused: didn't Amina Wadud do this already?Well, yes, she did.  The beginning of the article clarifies that Raza is the first Muslim-born woman to do so: A Canadian author will become the first Muslim-born woman to lead a mixed-gender British c … [Read more...]

The Day I Met Amina Wadud – a Critique

Salam waleykum, readers! I'm traveling, and so I didn't have time to put together Friday Links this week. In their place, I'm sharing this great critique with you. It was written by Cycads and originally appeared on her blog. Next week, our regularly scheduled programming will resume, so stay tuned.Any self-respecting news editor would know that significant, if not historical events require pretty polished reporting. The star-studded Musawah conference last February on Islamic family law … [Read more...]