Ramadan Reflection: On Faith and Trayvon

This post was written by guest contributor Maheen Nusrat.People often think that faith is for the weak, for those who fail to engage rational thinking. I disagree; faith is also for the strong, for those who strive for justice, for those who trust, for those who strive for betterment and for those who believe.The day of the Zimmerman Trial verdict this past weekend was a tragic day in the American history – a day of mourning for people of rationality and of faith. It will be known as the … [Read more...]

Kariman Hamzah: Giving us a Woman’s Interpretation of the Qur’an

In this past week's Friday links, Fatemeh mentioned that Al-Azhar University had for the first time approved a tafsir (interpretation) of the Qur'an written by a woman, Kariman Hamzah. The BBC story on this event left a lot to be desired. The first thing that was seriously wrong was the headline "Egypt clerics back woman's Koran". The headline is so deceptive and wrong. Hamzah did not produce her own version of the Qur'an. Another thing wrong with the headline is that it took Hamzah out of the … [Read more...]