An interview with American women

Anway Carol’s interview with American women who became Muslim. It is an extract from ‘Daughters from Another Path’, by Anway Carols. Searching to fill the spiritual void Many of the respondents (new converts) were searching for something in the spiritual area to fill the void in their lives. It...

Polygamy: An alternative way of life

What is it about the word polygamy? Just uttering it raises eyebrows, elicits snide remarks, or prompts crude jokes. Since the 19th century, when the concepts of orientalism and colonialism came to dominate Western thought,  combining the words polygamy and Islam has conjured up visions of swarthy Arab men...

The ‘son’ of God

The Muslim takes strong exception to the Christian dogma that ‘Jesus is the only begotten son, begotten not made’. This is what the Christian is made to repeat from childhood in his catechism. I have asked learned Christians, again and again as to what they are really trying to...

Islam – the next American religion

The USA began as a haven for Christian outcasts. But what religion fits our current zeitgeist? The answer may be Islam. Americans tend to think of their country as, at the very least, a nominally Christian nation. Didn’t the Pilgrims come here for freedom to practice their Christian religion?...

Chapter one of the Quran

1:1 In The Name Of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. The Arabic words “Rahman and Raheem,” translated “Most Gracious” and “Most Merciful” are both intensive forms referring to different aspects of Allah’s attribute of Mercy. The Arabic intensive is more suited to express Allah’s attributes than the superlative degree...

What will they believe in!

God says, If you were to seek a tunnel into the earth or a ladder into the skies and bring them a sign, they still wouldn’t be convinced. If it were God’s will, He could gather them all into true guidance, so don’t be among those who are influenced...

Creationism, intelligent design or Islam?

Creationism, natural selection, intelligent design, the theory of evolution. Thinking about the creation of the world, the universe, and humankind can be confusing. There are theories, opinions, and beliefs. The creation of the universe was a random act, humankind evolved from apes, living creatures climbed out of the primordial...

The fastest growing religion in USA

Todd Wilson, a third-generation Italian American, swore off his beloved prosciutto. Thy Loun, a refugee from Cambodia now attending UC Davis, had to give up her twice-weekly staple of double-pepperoni pizza. Wilson, 31, and Loun, 21, say they’ve sacrificed their favorite foods (both made from pork) for something more...

Islam imposes harsh punishments for sex outside marriage

Punishment in Islam has a social purpose, which is to dissuade others from committing the same crime. The nature of the punishment depends on the seriousness of the crime in question. Nowadays, some are opposed to the Islamic punishment for fornication and adultery because they see it as disproportionate...

Why some Muslims are non-vegetarians?

‘Vegetarianism’ is now a movement the world over. Many even associate it with animal rights. Indeed, a large number of people consider the consumption of meat and other non-vegetarian products to be a violation of animal rights. Islam enjoins mercy and compassion for all living creatures. At the same...