AI 54: For the Love of God and His Prophet

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Introductory Essay

Posted: Thursday, May 8th, 2014 @ 10:33 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The concept of religious diversity is one that has been explored extensively throughout the course. Within the Islamic religion, Muslims practice their faith differently. External factors, such as geography and culture, contribute to the development of varied practices. For that reason, it is incorrect to refer to Islam without specifying “Who’s Islam” (Prof. Asani). One […]

Give and Take

Posted: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 @ 2:53 am in Uncategorized | No Comments »

  “God give ear to the complaint of us, thy servants tried and true”- Iqbal’s Complaint and Answer   My last blog post is a modern re-creation of Iqbal’s “Complaint and Answer” Poem through a song mix. These poems stood out to me because of their controversial theme. Through these poems, Iqbal wrote about the […]

Reflection of Light

Posted: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 @ 2:18 am in Uncategorized | No Comments »

My fifth blog post is a response to the “Conference of the Birds” reading. This reading stood out to me because I believe its central theme is that Allah is within you. The famous Persian epic narrates the story of a group of birds that are on the search for the Simorgh, a mythical Persian […]

Two as One

Posted: Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 @ 12:09 am in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I chose to make a blog post in response to our readings of the ghazal poems in “The Green Sea of Heaven”. The discussions of these poems really stood out to me because I believe their themes are relatable to everyday life. The concept of a strong love that is unrequited is a powerful subject […]

Selfish Zakat?

Posted: Monday, March 24th, 2014 @ 1:37 am in Uncategorized | No Comments »

“they have whispered their dearest and most secret desires to the alms they tender: “I make you this offering so that God may grant me long life, prosperity and happiness…” “This donation is so that the Creator may remove all the difficulties I might encounter on my path…” (…) That’s what they say when they […]

Obligatory vs. Voluntary Sunnah

Posted: Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 @ 3:09 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I read the Qu’ran, I read the hadith, Differing rules, Which to believe?   Several with beard, Others without, It’s not very clear, How to go about.   Shall it be long? Or shall it be trimmed? What about width? Should it be thinned?   Several says yes, Others say no, I look around, How […]

Change your lens, change your interpretation

Posted: Friday, March 14th, 2014 @ 10:56 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

  “The Quran possesses an external appearance and a hidden depth, an exoteric meaning and an esoteric meaning. This esoteric meaning in turn conceals an esoteric meaning (this depth possesses a depth, after the image of the celestial Spheres, which are enclosed within each other). So it goes on for seven esoteric meanings (seven depths […]