Understanding Islam

My Condolences to the Victims and Families of the Orlando Shooting and a Brief Discussion of LGBT Attitudes in Islam

As a person with a strong belief in the rights and freedoms of LGBT individuals, I was extremely saddened to hear of the shootings in Orlando. The fact that individuals paid the ultimate price to freely love who they want to love, and to live the way they were meant to live is deplorable. My… Continue reading My Condolences to the Victims and Families of the Orlando Shooting and a Brief Discussion of LGBT Attitudes in Islam

Christian Comparisons · Understanding Islam

The Origins of Islam and the Christian Bible

It is well known that many of the stories of the Bible are found in the Qur’an, but did you know that some Muslims believe that the religious shrine in Mecca called the Ka’aba, which Muslims are required to visit in their lifetime, can be found in the Bible? One of my favorite versions of… Continue reading The Origins of Islam and the Christian Bible

Understanding Islam

The Prophet Muhammad

I have some mixed feelings about the documentary but overall I feel that this is a decent telling of the life of the Prophet Muhammad, though nothing compares to the excellent commentary of Martin Lings’ Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources (See Recommended Reading). There are a few facts I could dispute in this documentary but for the individual who knows little or nothing of the life of the Prophet of Islam, this History Channel documentary is an good first step!

Understanding Islam

The Meaning of Īmān (الإيمان): Faith

The word Īmān comes from the Arabic root ‘أ-م-ن’ and has approximately seventeen derived forms that are used in the Qur’ān. the form one verb, أَمِنَ, meaning “to entrust” and “to feel secure” is used in approximately sixteen āyāt of the Qur’ān; the form four verb, ءَامَنَ, meaning “to believe” is used in approximately four… Continue reading The Meaning of Īmān (الإيمان): Faith

The Middle East · Understanding Islam

Wahhabism: What it is and how it differs from Mainstream Islam

One of the big mistakes made by individuals who do not understand Islam is that there is no solid definition which defines a “Muslim Country.” As expressed by Reza Aslan in my first post on this page, each country in the Middle East and parts of Asia practice various form of Shari’ah which are based… Continue reading Wahhabism: What it is and how it differs from Mainstream Islam

The Middle East

Who if fighting whom in Syria?

I am constantly asked what is actually going on in Syria, and which countries are allied with specific sides. One of my favorite videos to give a quick overview of what is going on is Syria was created by BBC News. I will say that I do not feel the video provides a complete insight on the conflict, and that the stance of Kurdish forces is not as simple as the video portrays. Regardless, the video provides an accurate depiction of the complexity of the conflict currently happening in the Middle East.