10- As a community we seem to be confusing substance with symbol. Too many of our actions focus on symbols and representation, rather than substantive beneficial work. Continue reading
Like so many Muslims, whenever I would learn of a major crime, my reflex was to pray that the perpetrator was not Muslim. I sometimes still resort to the same knee-jerk response, though far less. Now, I don’t care anymore. Continue reading
Using the common language of academics, we commonly call the introduction to Islam by the name “Islam 101.” From there, we would speak of the basics of Islamic thought and practice by the name of “Islam 201.” This posting represents an “Islam 301″ providing detail on how to believe, imagine and follow life as a Muslim. The common believer does not need anything beyond an Islam 201, but in our era of mass information (and by extension mass misinformation), it becomes necessary to develop Islamic Literacy. Continue reading
[A repost of an old entry, with some modifications.]
Another area where I think too many Muslims make too many mistakes.
As the story goes, the Muslim masses are supposedly “conservative,” and those who are “liberal” tend to identify themselves as “liberal,” implying that they are different than the Muslim masses. In some cases, we use this latter term to mean “intellectually enlightened” and in other cases, we use this term to mean “loose with certain rules of social conduct.” Continue reading
Sometimes we start feeling self-conscious about the holiday seasons. I grew up in Chicago; every winter, I unwittingly get into that mood that we call “the Christmas Spirit.” I don’t know what it is. I suppose it’s the memories of winter break, being cozy in my blanket, or playing in the snow. I never celebrated Christmas, never had a Christmas tree, and doubt I ever will. I loved Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, but those shows never inspired me to learn anything about Christianity. Rather, it was my own Islamic study that inspired me to learn about Christianity. Continue reading