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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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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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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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Prayer is so different

Prayer is so different

My prayer experience while I've become Christian is incomparable with my prayer experience in Islam. When I was a Muslim I should pray in Arabic which is not my mother…

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Envy and Blessing

Envy and Blessing

Walking along the road in a Middle Eastern rural town, I passed a woman sitting on the pavement, selling greens from her basket, her baby on her lap. I smiled…

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Unholy Spirits (Part 2)

Unholy Spirits (Part 2)

It is necessary in a study of this sort to distinguish between these practices named above (in Part 1) and superstition. What is superstition to one person is not to…

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Importance of a son

Importance of a son

(This blog is an excerpt from Vivienne Stacey’s book ‘Women in Islam’, published in 1995. It is used with permission from Interserve GBI.) Quoting from the unpublished manuscript of a…

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‘I am the Lord’s servant…’

‘I am the Lord’s servant…’

My Muslim friends have often challenged me about what it means to live my faith as an act of submission to God in the everyday of life. Where I struggle…

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Depictions of Hagar

Depictions of Hagar

There are a number of pictures of Hagar in western art. Some portray Sarah offering Hagar, her slave, to Abraham to get her pregnant, so she can have a child…

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