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I’m back!Muslihoon

Mon, 28 May 2012 22:15:05 +0000

I am back. But I am not the same. I will pontificate on politics, religion (from an academic perspective), health (particularly diabetes), and other sundry topics. Let’s have some fun! Advertisements

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The Arab World: A New MessMuslihoon

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 21:32:30 +0000

I wanted to respond to Sobek’s post on the recent troubles in North Africa and elsewhere. But I didn’t want to post such a long screed at Michael’s place and abuse his hospitality, so I’ll do it here. Sobek hit on some very important things for us to keep in mind, things we should watch. […]

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Conversion in Judaism – Part III: How It’s DoneMuslihoon

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 06:30:58 +0000

How to become a Jew is perhaps almost as contentious as the question of “Who is a Jew?” because the two questions are not mutually exclusive. The one informs the other. Halakhically – that is, according to Jewish law – one becomes a Jew when one follows a certain process. This involves: 1. Learning about […]

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Conversion in Judaism – Part II: TheoryMuslihoon

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 06:30:56 +0000

Why would someone want to become a Jew? There are a number of reasons. 1. Many people – perhaps the bulk – convert to Judaism because of marriage. Whether for familial acceptance or a desire to unite the family under one religion, non-Jewish partners do convert. Rabbis make sure they say their spiel on ensuring […]

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Conversion in Judaism – Part I: HistoryMuslihoon

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 06:30:31 +0000

Contrary to what people may think, Judaism had a pretty active missionary program at one point in time. Egypt was a major hub of Jewish culture and activity – they weren’t all descendants from people born to Jews: many were converts or children of converts. The Talmud discusses conversion to Judaism – it would discuss […]

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On MosquesMuslihoon

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 04:38:49 +0000

So, a lot is being said about a mosque that someone wants to build on Ground Zero. Although we, this blogosphere community, do not believe in moral authoritah – truth is truth (“And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come” (D&C 93:24)) – I […]

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Conversion in Islam: Part III – how it’s doneMuslihoon

Mon, 07 Jun 2010 06:30:49 +0000

Conversion in Islam is very easy and simple. All it requires is stating the testification of faith (الشهادة, ash-shahaadah), which happens to be the first Pillar of Islam (ركن الإسلام, ruknu-l-islaam; plural: اركان الإسلام, arkaanu-l-islaam). This testification is made of two parts. The first part testifies that there is no god but God/Allah. The second […]

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Conversion in Islam: Part II – theoryMuslihoon

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 06:30:54 +0000

Islam teaches that each person is born a Muslim. For some, due to circumstances – namely, the corruption of the child’s parents – the child grows up in a false religion. Thus, when a non-Muslim converts to Islam, they say he/she is reverting to Islam. In other words, the person is returning to his/her original […]

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Conversion in Islam: Part I – historyMuslihoon

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 05:27:17 +0000

Muslims will be surprised to learn than conversion to Islam was not easy (or encouraged) in the beginning of Islam. To convert to Islam meant to become an Arab; it involved being adopted by an Arab tribe. This is one reason why people formed an opposition group to the Islamic rulers. These people would become […]

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Intro – Posts on ConversiobMuslihoon

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 06:07:22 +0000

(It’s still Monday on the West Coast!) Having recently attended two conversion ceremonies to Islam, I thought I might throw up some posts on conversion in the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), discussing the history of conversion, the theory behind conversion, and what actual conversion entails. The history of conversion in Islam will come […]

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Fri, 19 Feb 2010 06:30:52 +0000

I see America as strong – perhaps stronger than most nations. But the people seem to be changing, and not for the good. We need to entrench within ourselves and our children and associates those values that helped us become great. We’re either going uphill or going downhill – there is no resting, no plateau, […]

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The Strength of a NationMuslihoon

Wed, 17 Feb 2010 16:26:43 +0000

Wherein lies the strength of a nation? Not in its planes or tanks or missiles. Not in its economic prowess. Not in how low people bow to its diplomats and leaders. Quite often, though, these are taken as signs of the strength of a nation – it’s prestige. But the true strength of a nation […]

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Back to blogging!Muslihoon

Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:41:07 +0000

With my MBA done, I’ll have more time to write so look for posts here thrice weekly!

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Death in South Asian Muslim culture II – burialMuslihoon

Wed, 09 Dec 2009 06:30:22 +0000

In Pakistan, once someone dies, relatives (who usually are around if the person was expected to die shortly, if not they converge quickly) take and body and bathe it. It is given the ritual washings of wuzu (ritual ablutions) and ghusl (bath). The body is often scented. It is then wrapped in shrouds – five […]

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Death in South Asian Muslim culture I – deathMuslihoon

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 15:39:28 +0000

I knew there was something I forgot to do last night. In the past month, there have been two deaths of people close to me. One very close, one a little less close. The first was my maternal grandmother (she passed away December 4) and the other was someone who was like a grandmother to […]

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Coming tomorrow!Muslihoon

Mon, 07 Dec 2009 21:50:47 +0000

Today’s post will appear tomorrow.

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Answers to Questions on Islam: Part VI of VIMuslihoon

Fri, 04 Dec 2009 06:30:45 +0000

The issues raised have been answered. Let us expand a bit. Comparisons are what many people do. Comparing Islam’s past to today’s values isn’t necessarily valid. It’s a form of presentism, and ignores the milieu (local or global) of people back then, which explains, to some degree, what they did and why. But justifying Islam’s […]

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Answers to Questions on Islam: Part V of VIMuslihoon

Wed, 02 Dec 2009 06:30:37 +0000

Issue six: And in the end, when all is said and done, does Islam have to be eradicated from the hearts and minds of one billion Muslims for them to live peacably? Or can Muslims modernize by critical reevaluation of texts and a mass movement to reject Islamic literalism? To answer your question: it is […]

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Answers to Questions on Islam: Part IV of VIMuslihoon

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 06:30:01 +0000

Issue four: Another thing I suppose is, why do you think Muslims have been in the dark fo so long about Islamic textgs and Muhammad’s character. The fact that many Muslims don’t speak Arabic, and certainly not Classical Arabic, well enough to read the texts is one issue. What do you think caused it? It’s […]

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Answers to Questions on Islam: Part III of VIMuslihoon

Sat, 28 Nov 2009 01:11:38 +0000

Issue three: Critics of Muhammad today suggest he was in the same league as Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Nero or Attila the Hun in terms of how he forced his people backward and oppressed them, but it seems it can also be argued his actions were more good that bad when the situation of Arabs before […]

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