The destroyer of pleasures: A reflection on Death culture

Aaminah Y. Through the ages, society has exhausted every means by which it can comprehend death, from theology to thanatology, renaissance art to greek philosophy. Yet for many, death still remains one of life’s greatest mysteries. Modernity has altered our relationship with death, dividing attitudes between pure tragedy and indifference, both far removed from the sunnah of our beloved Rasool ﷺ. We rush to unpack the geopolitical … Continue reading The destroyer of pleasures: A reflection on Death culture

Reflections on Rabi’ al-Awwal

In this blessed month of Rabi’ al-Awwal, as our hearts turn towards the remembrance of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, five of the Qarawiyyin Project’s contributors put forward their reflections on the Seerah and the status of Rasulallah ﷺ. Knowing the beloved Aisha Hasan The station of Muhammad ﷺ is guaranteed by his name: “the praised one”. In the history of humanity, no man has been praised … Continue reading Reflections on Rabi’ al-Awwal

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