Friday Links

Ramadan isn't just a time where millions of Muslims fast - it's also a time where they're subjected to ignorant and irritating questions. Radhika Sanghani lists the worst. 'Miss Muslimah' Photos Show Just How Outdated Western Views Of The Muslim World Really Are. Instead of bathing suits there are headscarfs, competitors pray five times a day, and the winner is chosen by a jury of orphaned children. But the girls are similar to the girls in the West. Given the rise of hate crimes and … [Read more...]

Indonesia’s trans Muslim Maryani: “Seeking Paradise is not limited to our sex or clothing”

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An article in the Jakarta Post last week followed the latest developments on a pesantren (Islamic boarding school) for transgender people in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Although it is called a boarding school, the Pondok Pesantren Waria Al-Fatah functions more like a religious school where students can learn classical religious subjects like fiqh and Qur’an recitation, as well as a community centre where students gather to break the fast together during Ramadan.It was opened in 2008 by the late M … [Read more...]


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