Principles of Engagement: Navigating dissent

Sarah Bellal وَلَوْ شَاءَ رَبُّكَ لَجَعَلَ النَّاسَ أُمَّةً وَاحِدَةً ۖ وَلَا يَزَالُونَ مُخْتَلِفِين And if your Lord had willed, He could have made mankind one community; but they will not cease to differ. [11:118] Of the many things Muslims love to lament is our lack of communal unity. It is easy to be disheartened by frequent debates between our leaders and confused by the various … Continue reading Principles of Engagement: Navigating dissent

Refuting the Historical Negation of Hijab

Aisha Hasan Despite decades of explanations and refutations, the hijab remains the most widespread and contentious issue surrounding Muslim women. From narratives of oppression to empowerment, the entire spectrum of feeling has been expressed over this simple piece of cloth covering a Muslim woman. In the age of modest fashion, the hijab has taken on another dimension altogether, and has in most mainstream discourse been … Continue reading Refuting the Historical Negation of Hijab

Rejecting hadith in the face of feminism

Aisha Hasan “May Allah forgive me for saying this, but I cannot believe the Prophet would have said such a thing. I don’t believe in these hadith and that’s that.” This was the conclusion of a conversation with a sister on social media over the hadith regarding the Hoor al-Ayn promised for believing men in paradise. Two months later, another young woman at an Islamic … Continue reading Rejecting hadith in the face of feminism

Dismantling the myths of Ahlul Dhimma

Narratives purporting the brutality of Islam have been peddled by many groups throughout history. This discourse, often steered by anti-Islamic critics, denotes images of bloodthirsty, power-hungry Muslims mercilessly invading peaceful lands, enforcing onerous taxes to oppress the disbelievers into submission, and eventually eliminating them with the ultimate goal of establishing a homogeneous caliphate.  This vilification of Islam allows for opposing movements to garner support from … Continue reading Dismantling the myths of Ahlul Dhimma

A rereading of the story of Maryam

Marzuqa Karima The name of Maryam (peace be upon her) is one which believers all around the world recall several times when reciting the divine revelation, the Qur’an. When Muslims take her name in such reading, they are rewarded tenfold for each letter. She is a paragon of virtue who is also remembered by other faiths, and is celebrated as one of the world’s greatest … Continue reading A rereading of the story of Maryam