Islam neglects those who live near the Arctic Circle, where the sun doesn’t set for six months at a time. In the last few years, Ramadan has fallen in the summer, when the sun did not set in the North.
Two of Islam’s main pillars: fasting and praying, rely heavily on the sun’s position. Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and their five prayers are timed in different parts of the day based on the position of the sun and when it rises/sets. Let’s examine what the texts say and compare them to reality.
The Following is a personal narrative of my own experience many years ago. Names were changed.
The Subway Encounter
“Ladies and gentlemen, there is an express train on the F line two stops away,” said the automated subway message. I stood on the platform waiting for my train ride home. Surah Yasin was playing on my iPod Touch. Ah, this Surah, so beautiful. It is the heart of the Quran, according to scholars of today. MashAllah, I thought. Allah truly gifted us with the Quran and its mysterious beauty. I hope I can understand this beauty some day. Click to keep on reading!
With the exception of two verses directed at wives of the Prophet, the Quran never speaks directly to women. Women are referred to in the third person in the Quran. They are either addressed through “men and women,” or “your wives, your daughters, your mothers” etc. Click to keep on reading!
So I’m reading Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here By Karima Bennoune. She interviews Muslims who are challenging Islamic Extremism’s influence through maintaining their individuality and fighting for justice. I found one interesting incident, about a former radio talk show host in Algeria who directly defied Islamists. Look below: Click to keep on reading!
A few days ago, Charlie Hebdo published an editorial titled “How did we end up here?” It was a piece questioning why suicide bombing comes as such a shocker in a social atmosphere that is fearful of criticizing Islam and its practices.
The author brings up three different examples: Tariq Ramadan, an Islamic scholar; a woman in a Burqa; and an elder baker who is a Muslim. Click to keep on reading!