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Prophet’s Birthday – Mawlid an-Nabi.

Prophet’s Birthday – Mawlid an-Nabi.

Mawlid an-nabi (the birthday of Muhammad) is celebrated around the Muslim world in different ways (except in the most Salafi of contexts), and in it popular veneration of Muhammad reaches…

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The “Problem” of Prayer: Part 1

The “Problem” of Prayer: Part 1

The way in which most Christians communicate with God is through prayer. The word ‘prayer’, in English, covers a wide variety of types of prayer, from liturgical prayers to free-flowing…

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When the Lights go Down in the City: A Reflection on the Season’s Passing

When the Lights go Down in the City: A Reflection on the Season’s Passing

It was an abiding sense of desperation, frustration and repression which led Lebanese journalist and professor of history Samir Kassir to speak in 2004 of the “Arab malaise.” For as…

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Dhikr: in the heart of faith

Dhikr: in the heart of faith

Constance Padwick, introducing her classic book Muslim Devotions, commented, “In Islam, as in any other faith, a stranger desiring not to remain a stranger could best feel the pulsing life…

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Remember God

Remember God

As I walked over the railway bridge in a Middle Eastern city, I glanced at the walls, where advertisements for local shops had been plastered. Over the posters, in crude…

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Women, the seventh face of Islam?

Women, the seventh face of Islam?

I am indebted to the work of Dr John Azumah, who helps us recognise the diversity that there is in Islam. Through what he calls the ‘five faces of Islam’,…

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Women Leaders in Islam

Women Leaders in Islam

Raise the question of women leaders in Islam and people might mention Ayesha, or Hafsa bint Umar, Khadija, or Zainab. These early women from the time of the Prophet Muhammad…

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