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Alabama’s abortion law is not ‘Christian Sharia,’ professor says. Sharia isn’t as inflexible, as draconian.

By: Abed Awad, Esq. The near-complete ban of abortion in Alabama coupled with the proposed anti-abortion legislation spreading around the country bring into focus the destructive consequences visited upon women’s rights by literalist religious doctrine justified by science cum legislating morality. This position on abortion is rigid allowing no room for grey areas. No room for disagreement. …

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Don’t be surprised if one of these horrific massacres happens ‘at a mosque near you,’ N.J. Muslim attorney says

By: Abed Awad, Esq. “To those who, when calamity strikes, Say: ‘We belong to God, and to Him we shall return.’ Upon them descend blessings from God and mercy. They are guided right.” Quran, 2:157. Our thought and prayers are with families of the New Zealand mosque massacres. A suspected white nationalist terrorist killed 49 Muslim worshipers …

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Transformational Teaching: Prophet Muhammad as a Teacher and Murabbī (Part 2)

By: Dr. Zainab Alwani How does the Qur’an describe and analyze this experience? What are the main issues that it emphasizes? How does it examine the people’s attitude toward this slander? Does it provide guidance and strategies for dealing with similar problems? According to the Qur’an, what is the problem? Why is it important to …

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Transformational Teaching: Prophet Muhammad as a Teacher and Murabbī

By: Dr. Zainab Alwani This article analyzes the transformative role of Prophet Muhammad as a murabbī.  Dr. Alwani1 applies a hermeneutic reading the divine text as a structural unity, a concept known as al-waḥda al-binā’iyya li-l-Qur’ān. After defining the concept of murabbī, she suggests that a holistic reading of the Qur’an can help us rebuild our concepts from within …

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I Am A Muslim: Final Words From Shaykh Taha Jabir al-Alwani

By: Dr. Zainab Alwani Earlier this month, we mourned the passing of a pioneer in the Muslim community, Shaykh Taha Jabir Al-Alwani. At the 2016 Pearls of the Qur’an conference, Dr. Zainab Alwani shared her father’s legacy in the scholarship of Qur’anic studies. She told the story of how just days before his death, Shaykh Taha wrote these …

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The Qur’an: The Arbiter of Diverse Interpretations

By: Dr. Zainab Alwani The question of Qur’anic interpretation is at the heart of any juristic interpretation.  Some of the questions are ones that have been debated among scholars throughout Islamic history. Other questions, however, are a product of the unique circumstances that face the Muslim-American community in the twenty-first century. Who possesses the authority to interpret the …

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