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Dialogue as empowerment

Dialogue as empowerment

People of faith all over the world seek to interpret their texts, either written or orally handed down, in part in order to try and make sense of the world…

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Purity and the Islamic worldview

Purity and the Islamic worldview

Human cleanliness and purity in Islam reflects the nature of the world as created by Allah and the character of God who is pure. How the Qur'an begins is indicative…

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Longing to be true and faithful

Longing to be true and faithful

Over the last weeks, I have been listening to testimonies from sisters who follow Jesus out of Islam. Each time I am drawn back to  the starting point of their…

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Windows into Islam 3

Windows into Islam 3

Windows into Islam The series of 6 blogs, “Windows into Islam”, are a compilation from many of my other writings and speaking on women who live under Islam, and the…

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Windows into Islam 2

Windows into Islam 2

The series of 6 blogs, “Windows into Islam”, are a compilation from many of my other writings and speaking on women who live under Islam, and the result of conversations…

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Protection and healing

Protection and healing

As we discussed lived Islam one colleague talked about her community, explaining that it is more Salafi/Wahhabi and so very strictly against 'folk-type practice'. She explained: ‘they don’t agree with…

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Knowing God is relational

Knowing God is relational

We think in terms of relating to God in terms of knowing him. It is such a foreign concept to my friends. And yet at the same time they express…

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Praying the Lord’s Prayer

Praying the Lord’s Prayer

I heard a beautiful story centred around the power of reciting God's words. A Muslim girl in our city was sent a text message by an ex-boyfriend, who was a…

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Explaining purity

Explaining purity

I brought up how the food laws were to help set God's people apart as a 'holy' people, and how they had the ritual of circumcision as a sign for…

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Practices of faith and menses

Practices of faith and menses

I asked my friend/language helper this afternoon about what she likes about Ramadan, especially the last 10 days and what they mean to her. She spoke about the multiplication of…

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