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The Importance of Girls’ Education in Islam

The Importance of Girls’ Education in Islam

by Farah Onaid Women and girls have been victims of ruthless power struggles for centuries in all societies and cultures around the world. This hegemony over women has been exercised in the form of Sati, Hitobashira, Karo-Kari and the killing of witches, which are only a few to mention. Sadly, but truly, many societies including

Islam in North America: Introduction

Islam in North America: Introduction

  Muslims first arrived in North America centuries before Columbus due to trading expeditions with Native Americans. After Columbus, the slave trade transported African Muslim slaves, who retained their spiritual practice and religious identity, to the Americas. Over the next few centuries, Muslim migrants from all over the world settled in the New World in

How Does Islam Relate to Christianity and Judaism?

How Does Islam Relate to Christianity and Judaism?

By Gary Gutting This is the 11th in a series of interviews about religion that I am conducting for The Stone. The interviewee for this installment isSajjad Rizvi, a professor of Arab and Islamic studies at the University of Exeter and the author of “Mulla Sadra and the Later Islamic Philosophical Tradition.” Gary Gutting: How

Meet the First Woman To Design a Mosque

Meet the First Woman To Design a Mosque

By Matt Shaw Jackie Robinson did it in baseball. Barack Obama did it in politics. Valentina Tereshkova did it in space. And now, reports CNN, Zeynep Fadillioglu is the first female architect to design a mosque. Her Sakirin Mosque, in one of Istanbul’s oldest cemeteries, is a blend of traditional ornamental symbolism and refined, serene modernism. Of course,

Destiny and Free Will

By Salman Yazdani February 1, 2003 – Shortly before the scheduled end of its 28th mission, space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.  It was indeed an unexpected, abrupt and horrible end of a momentous journey. Can anyone believe that NASA, by any stretch of imagination, expected this catastrophic end to

Rush to Virtue

Rush to Virtue

By Abu Zayd Muhammad, the final prophet of Islam, stated: “Every Muslim should give charity.” He was asked, “What if one cannot?” He replied, “Then he should go find work and help himself and others.” He was asked, “What if one cannot?” The Prophet, peace be upon him (pbuh), replied,“Then he should help someone in

Lifting the veil on Ireland’s fastest-growing religion

Lifting the veil on Ireland’s fastest-growing religion

By John Meagher Lorraine O’Connor has had to get used to the “go back to where you come from” taunts. They occur more frequently than she cares to think about – on the street, in the park, at the supermarket. But the Dubliner who proudly wears the Muslim headscarf, the hijab, every day never lets

City lives: Timbuktu’s leader of the faith is also its chief builder

City lives: Timbuktu’s leader of the faith is also its chief builder

By Alex Duval Smith Timbuktu’s clay-built Djinguereber mosque, commissioned in 1327 by emperor Musa I, is one of the most precious religious buildings in the world. Amid the extreme heat and sandstorms, its upkeep is an art in itself. The muezzin of Djinguereber is also its chief builder, a role inherited from his father. Mahamane

Sumayyah Binte Khayyat

By Farah Onaid The first female martyr of Islam was a black slave in pre-Islamic Arabia. As we explore her story, one can’t help but wonder: What attracted her to Islam? How did she gather the indomitable courage to defy the norm and embrace change? Was the price she paid worth it? In many ways,

The History of Islam in Africa

The History of Islam in Africa

By Amadou Shakur The Prophet Muhammad reminded the Muslim world, “We are a single community, distinct from others.” The distinction shapes the Muslim’s religious identity and underlines the nature of the Islamic ideal, whether the purity of the monotheistic concept, the uncompromising quest for morality, or the lifelong seeking of knowledge.  It also accentuates the