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Archive for the day “September 22, 2007”

Honoring Contemporary Muslim Feminist Leaders

Suzanne Reisman has written an article on Muslim Women in leadership positions and linked to our blog, and I thought it was an excellent article and wanted to share it with others.

By Suzanne Reisman

Religion and feminism are not something that people often connect, but with the spate of holidays that come up this time of year, I realized that many feminists find their voices and take action because of their religious beliefs. Last week, I wrote about Jewish feminists in honor of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. In honor of Ramadan, I’d like to highlight the work of a few contemporary Muslim feminists…

Read more of Suzanne’s article here.

Jesus and Muhammad: Brothers in Faith and the Challenge of Walking in Their Footsteps in a Secular World

From Mas’ud Ahmed Khan’s Home Page

by Shaykh Naeem Abdul Wali (Gary Edwards)

If you would trust in God as is His right to be trusted He would give you your provision as He gives it to the birds, they leave their roosts hungry and return satiated”, said the final universal Messenger, Muhammad. Similarly the author of the Gospel of Mathew has his closest brother, Jesus saying to the crowds around him, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” A little later he addressed them as, “O you of little faith?”

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Imam Zaid Shakir: Reflections on 9/11 and Ramadan

From New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir
September 11, 2007

This year, the birth of the invisible new moon, an event that will be followed in a day or two by the beginning of the month of Ramadan, upon the sighting of the waxing crescent in the evening sky, will occur on September 11th, the anniversary of the infamous attacks of September 11, 2001 (9/11). Although no one can accurately claim that Ramadan will begin on the night of September 11th, this coming Tuesday, the beginning of the month of fasting will never be so close to the anniversary of those fateful events during the lifetime of anyone reading this article. That being the case, the occasion provides us with a good opportunity to reflect on 9/11 and Ramadan.

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Sheikh Zaid Shakir – Islam: Religion or Ideology?

From New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid on 26 July 2006

Introduction

“Leave this Europe where they are never done talking of Man, yet they murder men everywhere they find them, at the corner of every one of their streets, in all corners of the globe. For centuries they have stifled almost all of humanity in the name of a so-called spiritual experience. Look at them today swaying between atomic and spiritual disintegration.… That same Europe where they are never done talking of Man, and where they never stopped proclaiming that they were only anxious for the welfare of Man: today we know what sufferings humanity has paid for every one of their triumphs of the mind.”
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

The following essay, Islam: Religion or Ideology?, was written three weeks ago, before the government of Israel began its brutal, murderous assault on the civilian population of Lebanon, allegedly in response to the capture of two Israeli soldiers by fighters affiliated with the Lebanese Islamic organization, Hizbollah. This latest Israeli campaign only underscores the price the people of the Middle East have paid owing to the triumph of Zionism. That price has been high indeed, and as Lebanon is reduced to bloodstained rubble, the price only escalates.

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