In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate


The Qazi, the reporter, and abuse of Afghan women

By: Qays Arthur Source: A promotional video featuring a Vice News reporter and an Afghan lawmaker was recently doing about as well as promotional videos can on social media. The story presented by Vice, really HBO, is one of an “ordinary” but defiant female protagonist, journalist Isobel Yeung, who confronts a living symbol of patriarchy, the bearded and turban-wearing Afghan MP and cleric Qazi Ahmad Hanafi, in defense of down-trodden Afghan women. That sounds like a great story to sell a documentary by playing on sympathies for abused Afghan women while stoking rank prejudices against the men their mothers bore. Emotive stuff designed to “go viral” but not much...

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Bid’a (innovation): explained by Sunni authorities

By: Various authorities of Ahlus Sunnah (Compliled by Shaykh Nuh Keller) Source: “The Reliance of the Traveler” via Living Islam MV Editor’s Note: We have highlighted the names of the Sunni authorities quoted in bold. w29.3 The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “… Beware of matters newly begun (bid’a), for every innovation is misguidance.” (Abu Dawud & Tirmidhi) “Beware of matters newly begun…” (Muhammad Jurdani: ) meaning, “Distance yourselves and be wary of matters newly innovated that did not previously exist, i.e. things invented in Islam that contravene the Sacred Law, “For every innovation is...

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Are you married yet?

By: Raidah Shah Idil Source: MuslimVillage One minute, you’re an invincible 21 year old fending off oh-so-lame marriage proposals, and the next minute, you’re 28, single, and wondering what happened. For those quick to accuse single sisters of being “too picky”, I’d like to offer a reality check: none of the single sisters I know choose to be single because they feel like it. It’s either a lack of good proposals, or good proposals that just haven’t worked out. Many of these amazing women are women of deen and adab, women who contribute to our community in their chosen field. They’re doctors, dentists, teachers, academics, researchers and yet, they...

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