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A Good Muslim Magazine?

Today I was reading Svend White’s post “Educating the Disabled” about an article he read in Christianity Today.

Svend is a Muslim. He reads Christianity Today. I don’t know if Svend reads this regularly, but I realized that I certainly don’t regularly read any Muslim magazines. I’d like to.

So do any of you have good suggestions for a magazine that highlights what is happening in the Islamic community and helps us understand events happening in the world from an Islamic perspective? Please give some recommendations in the comments section.

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In response to one woman’s recent experiment of wearing the hijab for one month, Shazia Kamal writes:

Going “under cover” as a Muslim to get to know Muslims implies that we are a closed, isolated group of individuals whose experiences cannot be known and understood unless an outsider comes in to examine us. . .

Meeting a Muslim person shouldn’t be an “encounter” or an “event,” but as ordinary a thing as Folgers coffee in the morning or checking email before going to work—all relieving kick-starts to the day.

I am asking America to return to the old ways of getting to know people; the methods that America was built on. You know, friendly “hellos” exchanged between neighbors, borrowing sugar or a beginner’s Arabic Calligraphy set, or bravely sampling the spicy samosa platter at a PTA meeting at your children’s school.

It is important that we do whatever we can in order to better understand those who are different than us, but I’ve always thought the best thing is to just get to know them. Are you getting to know, in a normal and ordinary way, those who are different than you?

Read the whole thing.

 

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Whenever I see pictures or clips of fashion shows I find that I often think, “That is so ugly. Who, in their right mind, would ever go out in public wearing that?!”

When I saw some pictures of the 2010 Islamic Fashion Festival in Kuala Lumpur I realized that Muslims design bad clothes too. I guess we’re not so different after all!

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Honorable Mention

I’m really happy and honored that His Peace Upon Us received honorable mention at the Brass Crescent Awards. Thanks to all of you who voted.

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Muslims Against Terrorism

We all know that some Muslims are terrorists. And we all know that most are not (at least we should know). One of the most common questions I get from American non-Muslims is why moderate Muslims don’t speak out against terrorism.

Here is a video from Muslims in Minnesota doing just that.

HT: Engage Minnesota

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One of the most important passages in the Bible on rest comes in Hebrews. Quoting from the Zabur (Psalm 95:7-11), we read, “7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, ‘Today, if you hear his voice,  8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness,  9 where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years.  10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, “They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.” 11 As I swore in my wrath, “They shall not enter my rest”'” (Hebrews 3:7-11).

They did not enter God’s rest because they did not know God’s ways. They were disobedient. They did not believe. Later in the chapter we read, “And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief” (Hebrews 3:18-19).

God, then says, in his Word:

4:1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,’” although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” 5 And again in this passage he said, “They shall not enter my rest.” 6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. 9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. 11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. (Hebrews 4:1-11)

The key to this rest is that it is a rest from work. It is human nature to try and work our way to God. We seek to do good things so that God will love us and accept us. But the Word of God tells us that it is not by works that we enter God’s rest it is by faith. The message we hear must be united by faith. We strive to enter this rest by faith not by working harder.

These are the things I pray for our son Noah. We pray that he will enter God’s rest and that he will rely on God through the Messiah, for it is God who gives rest not us.

Related Posts:
The Prophet Noah
Rest: The Meaning of Noah – Part 1
Rest: The Meaning of Noah – Part 2

 

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Porkophobia

Altmuslim has a really interesting piece by Jalees Rehman on the culture of disgust towards all things pork in Muslim culture. He notes, “I have virtually never seen anybody who refers to himself or herself as a Muslim ever eat pork. But what is most puzzling, however, is that this simple dietary law has lead to a whole culture of disgust, whereas other Islamic laws and Qur’anic prescriptions have not. One is much more likely to encounter a Muslim who drinks alcohol, commits adultery or collects interest on his loans than one who eats a bacon sandwich.”

One reason for such revulsion, he believes, is the need and desire to “feel Muslim” especially in non-Muslim majority countries. Avoiding pork is an easy way to identify with Islam that doesn’t necessarily bring significant hardship to someone.

He concludes, “Wouldn’t it be better if Muslims felt a porkophobia-like revulsion when encountering race and gender-based discrimination, domestic abuse, poverty or social injustice?”

Read the whole thing.

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