Islam’s Conflict with Feminism

In a world of rapidly changing beliefs regarding the nature of gender, more and more Muslims are finding themselves in the midst of a raging debate regarding the roles of men and women within the family unit, and more broadly – society at large. The traditional gender role of women in particular has become the biggest source of confusion within many young Muslim’s marriages, largely due to the proliferation of feminist thought, and changing beliefs regarding egalitarianism between the genders. The issue has become so significant that Dr. Julie Macfarlane, a professor at the University of Windsor writes in a report about trends in Muslim marriages that “different expectations and assumptions over the role of women inside and outside the home were the single most common source of marital conflict described by both men and women.” Sadly, the report also claims that the divorce rate among North American Muslims has risen dramatically in the past 25 years. Since happiness is largely a function of met expectations, the epidemic spread of unhappiness in marriage and the resultant divorce says more about the genders’ widely diverging set of expectations pre-marriage rather than any inherent individual incompatibility.   Continue reading

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Dealing with Sectarianism and Inauthentic Islam

The seeker’s search for truth does not end once a particular religion is determined upon, contrary to what many may assume. The search for truth is what drives the search for knowledge, and as long as we are alive, the search for knowledge is never-ending. That is why every time we Muslims pray to Allah, we recite in the opening surah: Continue reading

What’s Hair Have to Do With It?

Why do Muslim women wear the hijab? Depending on who you ask, you will surely get many different answers. But in reality, there is only one answer. Only one valid answer, anyway.

Allah commands:

“And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. Continue reading

Why I don’t Eat Pork

It’s a fairly well known fact that Muslims are prohibited from eating pork. When I inform someone who doesn’t know this, they often become perplexed. Why not? It’s not going to harm you, right? People eat pork all of the time!

I would point out that pigs are pretty disgusting animals, and it makes sense that God would not want us to eat something dirty. But one time, someone gave me their justification: “What you’re saying makes sense in the context of the time that the religion came from, but nowadays we have modern standards that have cleaned pork for consumption.” Initially, I didn’t have much of a reply. Since then, however, I have been able to elaborate. Continue reading