Ramadan Reading List

With two weeks until Ramadan, check out this special edition of our monthly book list, a roundup of four book recommendations to inspire and prepare us for the blessed month. Read our previous recommendations 1) Seeds of Admonishment and Reform A translation of the illustrious sixth century scholar Ibn al-Jawzi’s work, this book presents a series of short chapters and poetic reflections designed to inspire … Continue reading Ramadan Reading List

Book List #2 – February ’19

Check out the second edition of our monthly book list, a roundup of four book recommendations related to Islam, politics, social issues, and anything else we think is worth reading. The monthly list will include books whose authors or ideas we may or may not agree with, but that we find interesting and useful for generating discussion. Have a title you think we should read? … Continue reading Book List #2 – February ’19

Book List #1 – January ‘19

Check out the first edition of our monthly book list, a roundup of four book recommendations related to Islam, politics, social issues, and anything else we think is worth reading. The monthly list will include books whose authors or ideas we may or may not agree with, but that we find interesting and useful for generating discussion. Have a title you think we should read? … Continue reading Book List #1 – January ‘19

Idolising Imams – An interview with Dr Shadee Elmasry

Nura S. interviews Dr Shadee Al-Masry, the Director of Religious Programming at New Brunswick Islamic Center and founder of Safina Society, on the celebratisation of scholars in the Muslim community, and how we can ensure that we benefit from learned individuals, without placing them on a pedestal. 1) The issue of celebrity imams and how the public should not idolise them is often discussed within the … Continue reading Idolising Imams – An interview with Dr Shadee Elmasry

Iz – A Uyghur poem

Iz Uyghurçe, n. Trace For as long as I can remember, my mother would recite the poem Iz by Abdurehim Ötkür (see end for poem) in its original Uyghur tongue (Uyghurçe). What followed was always the same: praise of how Ötkür brilliantly narrates the Uyghur struggle, how deftly the Uyghur language carries the weight of centuries of heritage, the systematic dissolving of our history and culture through … Continue reading Iz – A Uyghur poem