On Monday a husband and three members of his family were jailed for life for the murder of his pregnant wife, in an apparent
The middle-east is up in arms in anger, chanting anti-US slogans. Muslims across the world have been deeply offended. US embassies are being targeted across the globe. Hard-line clerics and leaders from across the spectrum are rising up, inciting hatred and exhorting violence.
A Christian girl detained in Pakistan accused of burning pages of the Quran is 14 years old, and has a mental age of much
Doctors have examined a young Christian girl in Pakistan accused of burning pages of the Quran, to establish her age and
An 11-year-old girl with Down's Syndrome is being held on blasphemy charges after being accused of burning pages of the Quran
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which is based on the lunar system. Muslims fast for 29/30 days by abstaining from food, drink, nourishment and sexual relations from dawn to sunset. Fasting is the fourth pillar of Islam and it is an obligation upon all Muslims, who have reached puberty. However, certain people such as the ill or frail; pregnant and menstruating women; breast feeding mothers, children and travellers are exempt from fasting. They are allowed to defer their fasts until a later date, or if they are unable to fast they are required to give a determined sum to charity. Muslims begin their fast at dawn with a meal known as Suhoor and break their fast at sunset with a meal known as Iftar.
Spirituality means different things to different people. Although spirituality is often associated with religious life, many believe it can be developed outside of religion where it focuses on: humanistic ideas, qualities such as love, compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, responsibility, harmony, and a concern for others, without necessarily accepting belief in a supernatural reality or divine being.
If the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace be upon him) were to return to earth today, what would he think of how his teachings regarding Muslim women have been distorted over the centuries?
Let's not fool ourselves, we only have to open the news these days to see horrific articles about women being raped, date raped, molested and faced with a deluge of sexual abuses for their appearances (I mean we have to be a certain shape, size or else we lose our appeal to the opposite sex!). So on that note I find my hijab a very liberating experience.
Over the last few decades, the steady immigration of Muslims from around the world to America and across Europe, has thrown the spotlight on the hijab. Many Americans and Europeans are surprised to find that contrary to what they believe, a large number of Muslim women do not wear the hijab out of compulsion but out of choice.