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macca-prayer
Sep13

Pilgrimage and peace: a Rabbi’s reflection on Hajj

By: Rabbi Allen S. Maller Source: MuslimVillage When educated Jews learn about the wonderful festivities of the Muslim Hajj, with its spiritual uplift that occurs when millions of people from all over the world travel to one holy place and join together in a traditional religious ceremony: they realize just how much we Jews have lost. In the centuries after the second Jerusalem Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE; Jewish pilgrimage ceased. Today the overwhelming majority of Jews outside the Land of Israel live in Protestant countries where pilgrimage plays little or no role in religious life. Thus, it is very hard for most Jews to feel the tremendous spiritual uplift that occurs to...

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Oct02

The higher objectives of the Sharia

By: Mateen A. Khan (translator) Source: ilmgate.org Translators comment: Maqāsid al-Sharī‘ah refers to the set of objectives and goals which the Sharī‘ah strives to establish. For example, the preservation of faith, life, lineage, intellect and property are essential objectives of the Sharī‘ah as propagated by Imam al-Ghazālī. These objectives establish benefits (al-masālih) and remove harms (al-mafāsid) for the individual and community. However, we find that some misconstrue their place and derive rulings from the objectives while going against the primary textual evidences i.e. the Qur’an and Sunnah. For clarification, we turn towards a translated chapter from Usūl al-Iftā’[1] by Mufti...

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Ağa Camii on Istiklal Caddesi in central Istanbul. The women's section overlooks the main floor of the mosque; the men's section.
Aug16

My journey to Islam, and call to the truth

  By: Carolyn Erazo Source: Muslimvillage I’ll start by saying that I am the epitome of an all American girl. I was raised within a Christian family and it’s Christianity I was taught. I can clearly remember my years growing up wishing I wasn’t forced to go to church. I would attempt to purposely lose my Sunday shoes just hoping to be able to stay home. Ultimately shoes or not I had to go and I was never happy about it. I think back to my thoughts as I sat in Sunday school..and how I never quite believed what I was being taught. So many inconsistencies left me with no desire to find out what faith really was. How can you believe the unknown? Did things really happen...

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