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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

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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.

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Saudi Arabia elects its first female politicians!

“At least 18 women have won seats in Saudi Arabia’s municipal polls, the country’s first-ever elections open to female voters and candidates.”- Al Jazeera I am thrilled to see that Saudi Arabia has elected its first round of female council members to various municipal courts in Saudi Arabia. What makes this even more interesting is… Continue reading Saudi Arabia elects its first female politicians!

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Test your knowledge of Women’s Rights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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How much do you know about life as a woman in Saudi Arabia?

Here is a great quiz created by the BBC to test your knowledge of Women’s Rights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was established in 1931 by the Ibn Saud family and is one of the United States’ best allies in the Middle East.  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia practices a form of Islam known as Wahhabism… but I will write more on that later.

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December 8th: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception- and Islam!

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the absolute belief in the Immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary. It is celebrated 9 months before the Feast of the Nativity on September 8th, and is one of the most important Marian feasts celebrated in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church celebrated worldwide! In honor of… Continue reading December 8th: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception- and Islam!

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What is Tafsir and why is it Important?

When the Prophet Muhammad recited the words of God to the earliest followers of Islam, he proclaimed, “A blessed Book that We have sent down upon thee, that they may contemplate His signs and that those possessed of intellect may reflect” ﴾38:29﴿.[1] It is therefore not just the curiosity of humanity which seeks to question… Continue reading What is Tafsir and why is it Important?

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The Quick Guide to Comparing ISIS and Mainstream Islam!

  ISIS/ISIL/IS Mainstream Islam Accusing someone of being a disbeliever (Mukaffir) Allowed Not Allowed: Considered a forbidden practice according to the Qur’an and Hadith. Accusing someone of being a disbeliever who claims to be Muslim is considered just as bad, if not worse, than actually being a disbeliever. In Islam, a person is not allowed… Continue reading The Quick Guide to Comparing ISIS and Mainstream Islam!