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General advice for non-Muslim woman attending a Muslim burial?

Should I, a non-Muslim woman, wear a hijab to a Muslim burial? What else do I need to know to avoid offending anyone there? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on May 2, 2014 - 13 answers

How can I express condolences to a Muslim friend who just lost a parent?

My dear friend's mother just passed away (in Iraq). I called her and comforted her a little by phone, but would flowers and/or food be appropriate? What else can I do for her to help? [more inside]
posted by mdiskin on Feb 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Can you identify this French movie I saw maybe 8 years ago?

I saw this movie on either IFC or The Sundance Channel about 8-10 years ago. It was almost certainly French, though I suppose it's possible it could have been from Belgium or something -- but it had a very, very French feel. Here's what I remember: (some of the memories may be incorrect) [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Jan 26, 2014 - 3 answers

What is an appropriate gift to bring for a Muslim host & hostess?

Etiquette Filter: My partner teaches music lessons and the parents of two of his students have invited us to dinner in their home. In addition to the regular payment for the lessons, they are very generous and bring him a gift nearly every time they come for lessons. What gift should we bring for the host & hostess? [more inside]
posted by nathaole on Jan 7, 2014 - 17 answers

Current Muslim attitudes to the idea of recreating paradise

I'm interested in knowing what people practicing any of the branches of Islam feel about the idea of recreating paradise on earth. The Quran describes paradise as a garden and there are historic gardens which use these descriptions as a template. Is making a garden templated on paradise as described in the Quran blasphemous in the eyes of Islam today? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Jan 6, 2014 - 6 answers

What are the exemptions to performing the Hajj?

I know that Islam requires followers to perform the Hajj at least once in their lives if able... but what determines that ability? I presume it's a matter of health and financial concerns, but even so, I imagine many Muslims make great sacrifices and take significant risks for this. Are there generally-accepted measures of when it's understandable for someone not to make the Hajj, or is it all a matter of personal faith & judgment? I also know there was a time when one could send someone to more or less take their place... is that still an accepted practice? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Nov 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Approaching Fitrah

Young and modern Muslims of MeFi, what are the best resources out there - blogs, Web sites, podcasts - for someone who finds himself considering a deeper connection with the faith? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Sep 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Meaning of this Muslim calligraphic motif

I design a newsletter for a group with an interest in religious ecumenism, and have chosen a Muslim calligraphic motif to illustrate an article about a lecture on Islam – but I want to know what it means. [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Apr 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Are Muslims allowed to lie to unbelievers?

Is it true that Muslims are allowed to lie? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane on Sep 24, 2011 - 9 answers

How does a non-Muslim observe Ramadan in Seattle?

Can anyone recommend a Muslim community in Seattle that could help me (a non-Muslim) understand and participate in Ramadan? [more inside]
posted by Surfurrus on Jul 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Overcoming the cultural divide

How to tell my Muslim parents about my white boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 - 17 answers

Where can I find a gift that combines the ideas of being a proud new US citizen and a proud Muslim?

My Muslim man friend has recently become a US citizen. Both his faith and the goal of becoming an American are very important to him. Where online can I find a congratulations gift that combines these two things? It could be art or jewelry (maybe a pendant?), or anything really. Perhaps something on which I can include the date of his ceremony. [more inside]
posted by jenmakes on Jan 10, 2011 - 7 answers

No skin? No sweat!

How can I keep cool while covering up? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on May 13, 2010 - 16 answers

Do I have to return this present?

EtiquetteFilter: A business partner's wife handed me a gift for my wife on my latest visit. Said business partner is from (and lives in) the Middle East, same goes for his wife. Their family background is muslim, though they are not really practicing it. I hardly know his wife (met her only twice) and both of them don't know my wife at all. What is the meaning of such a present? Should we give her a present in return? If so, should it be more or less costly than the one for my wife (they are wealthy, far more than I am).
posted by cronholio on Mar 31, 2010 - 4 answers

Good Muslim blogs?

Do you know any good blogs written by Muslims, especially devout Muslims, about Islam? It's quite a slog trying to find readable ones!
posted by flibbertigibbet on Mar 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Is there such thing as Islamic Caroling?

What non-Christian religions and cultures have traditions comparable to Christmas carols and caroling? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Dec 23, 2009 - 11 answers

"Making a point" gesture - a cross cultural double entendre?

Who does the media often show many anti-Western Muslim leaders in a pose with the index finger pointed skyward? [more inside]
posted by xetere on Nov 30, 2009 - 17 answers

Help me celebrate Eid and make it fun

Help a misanthropic lapsed Muslim celebrate Eid in London! Looking for ideas from all cultures and none, on manufacturing a better holiday than the traditional one I usually dread. [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Nov 27, 2009 - 11 answers

Comparing Koran, Bible

Comparing controversial sections of the Qur'an (Koran), and of the New and Old Testament sections of the Bible. [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Sep 12, 2009 - 5 answers

Egypt Was Good Enough for King Tut

MovingFarAwayFilter: GF is dead-set on moving from Brooklyn to Cairo, Egypt, for at least a year. I'm pretty resistant to the idea since I love NYC and, if forced to move outside the US, there are hundreds of cities I'd rather move to. I desperately need some 1st/2nd person accounts of living in Cairo / Egypt to help make this decision. [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches on Aug 23, 2009 - 43 answers

What is Islamic dress code (for non-Muslims)?

What should my wife wear to an occasion that requests "please observe Islamic dress code?" We are non-Muslims. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Aug 1, 2009 - 15 answers

Mohammed and the mountain.

Using the phrase 'If Mohammed won't come to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed.' [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch on Jul 16, 2009 - 11 answers

Accommodations for Muslims with handling alcohol-based ingredients?

Muslim employees + handling an alcohol-extract flavoring ingredient... what should a company do? [more inside]
posted by GuffProof on Jul 14, 2009 - 29 answers

The Truth about Honor Killings?

I am looking for some truth about honor killings...and some insight or clarification rather on Obama's agenda concerning Islam. [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Jun 11, 2009 - 24 answers

Muslim wedding chic?

What is the most appropriate outfit to wear to two weddings, one Muslim, one Catholic? [more inside]
posted by chickadee on Apr 29, 2009 - 19 answers

Help me identify this paintaing

Who is the artist behind / what is the name of this painting? And what do you call art like this? [more inside]
posted by GenTso on Nov 21, 2008 - 8 answers

I'm going to be fasting for Ramadan for the first time. Where do I start?

I'm going to be fasting for Ramadan for the first time. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Aug 31, 2008 - 18 answers

Do Muslims watch women's sports?

Do they show women's Olympics competitions in conservative Muslim countries? [more inside]
posted by RedEmma on Aug 23, 2008 - 3 answers

Why would a Muslim man use henna to dye his beard orange?

Why would a Muslim man use henna to dye his beard orange? [more inside]
posted by The Straightener on Apr 6, 2008 - 14 answers

Can you identify this African Muslim tribe?

Asking for a friend: "A few years ago I saw a documentary about an African Muslim tribe. They were notable because the men cover their faces while the women do not. The only other thing I remember is that the men participate in a ceremony where they adorn themselves to the extreme (paint, beads etc) and line up for the women to chose. There is also apparently a custom where men will abduct wives from another tribe. The location might have been Mali but I'm really not sure. Can anyone identify this group?"
posted by carabiner on Mar 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Is it common for Muslim in India to speak Malay, Thai, Indonesian?

Is it common for Muslim in India to speak Malay, Thai, Indonesian as opposed to or in addition to Arabic? [more inside]
posted by notsogirliegal on Feb 5, 2008 - 15 answers

No Mosque for me, thank you, I'm full

Are there Muslim sects/branches that don't go to mosque? [more inside]
posted by yggdrasil on Oct 2, 2007 - 15 answers

"Kafir"

In Islamic discourse, how harsh a pejorative is the term "kafir"? Is it necessarily a pejorative at all?
posted by stammer on Aug 28, 2007 - 8 answers

differences between Sunni and Shi'a Islam?

What are the functional and modern differences between Sunni and Shi'a Islam? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Jul 26, 2007 - 7 answers

What is this religious symbol?

What is this religious symbol? [more inside]
posted by The Straightener on May 20, 2007 - 10 answers

What percent Muslim women wear hijab?

Do the majority of Muslim women in the world wear the hijab (head covering)? What percent do wear hijab?
posted by airguitar2 on Apr 10, 2007 - 14 answers

Mecca, lecca, hi mecca, hiney ho...

How do they tell if you're a Muslim if you want to go on the hajj or umra to Mecca and Medina? [more inside]
posted by champthom on Apr 5, 2007 - 20 answers

Muslim Online Forum?

Where are the most intelligent, thoughtful, broad English language online forums for Muslims? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Mar 8, 2007 - 4 answers

how can i advise a youth-mentorship organization to be sensitive to the cultural and religious needs of its young participants and their parents?

how can i advise a youth-mentorship organization to be sensitive to the cultural and religious needs of its young participants and their parents? this Q applies to a very diverse group of kids. the issues i've noticed so far have specifically affected the muslim kids. [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme on Jan 14, 2007 - 22 answers

Do many Muslim men have foot fetishes?

The Burquini thread got me to thinking about fetishes among Muslims. There is [more inside]
posted by Ynoxas on Jan 12, 2007 - 35 answers

Read my lips?

Are muslim women who wear a veil or burka allowed to remove it to be lip read by deaf people? [more inside]
posted by A189Nut on Oct 20, 2006 - 8 answers

What percentage of Muslims and/or Asians vote in the UK?

I'm looking for recent statistics on the voting rate of Asian communities and/or Muslim communities in Britain. Broken down by country (Scotland, England, Wales) would be great. Exit poll type info of which parties they vote for would be great.
posted by By The Grace of God on Sep 25, 2006 - 1 answer

Help with historical context in documentary

I need help determining fact-from-fiction in a BBC documentary called "The Power of Nightmares". [more inside]
posted by parilous on Aug 21, 2006 - 6 answers

How do I deal with a Muslim co-worker who doesn't like me?

How do I deal with a Muslim co-worker who doesn't like me? [more inside]
posted by speranza on Jul 6, 2006 - 73 answers

Help prevent statelessness for a family.

What countries are most likely to take in an Arab Muslim family whose husband is being kicked out of the US for political reasons? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Feb 2, 2006 - 30 answers

Number 9?

What is the significance of the number 9 in Islamic culture? or perhaps, what is the significance of said number with relevance to "Radical Extremism" (dude! Extreme and Radical! This is in reference to 9 a.m. on 9-11 and 9 p.m., 11-9 and so on. . . [more inside]
posted by punkbitch on Nov 11, 2005 - 15 answers

Identify a piece of clothing?

Can anyone identify an old piece of clothing for me? (pics inside) [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Apr 21, 2005 - 2 answers

Interfaith Holiday

The Christmas holiday is fast approaching as we all know. My fiancee is Muslim, and we have always celebrated religious holidays separately. This year, I would like him to be a part of the family celebration. For my family it is more of a family bonding time (and become more of an American Tradition) than a religious event. If I'm correct, the celebration of Christmas is for the birth of Jesus. From what my fiancee has told me of Muslims, they believe in Jesus as a prophet, but have many differences in beliefs from Christians overall about who he was.

So would there be a debate between the two religions over the actual birth of Jesus (how he was conceived, is he the son of God....etc.) that would be conflicting for him to join us for dinner and this particular holiday itself? I want to be well informed when talking to him about it, and try to find a way to celebrate the holiday.
posted by Gooney on Dec 8, 2004 - 20 answers

Can anyone recommend a superlative translation, or perhaps even better, a great paraphrase of The Koran?

The Koran. I read it long ago. I found it confusing, odd, hard to understand, in dire need of unpacking. I'd like to try reading it again. Can anyone recommend a superlative translation, or perhaps even better, a great paraphrase. Or at the very least one with decent annotations. I'm not averse to a version that does intelligent re-arranging of the sequence, as I recall chapters on cows following stuff on love. There are a number of current translations so pointers to informed reviews of them would be welcomed too.
posted by kk on Nov 15, 2004 - 11 answers

How to tip someone of Muslim faith

I'd like to show my appreciation to the gardien of my apartment building. He helped me carry a washing machine up 8 floors some months ago, and he's a real nice guy. However, he's a practicing Muslim, so a bottle of wine won't do. In France, people often give an end-of-year gift for Christmas to the postman, etc. Ramadan is ending soon and the Eid is coming up. He's a fairly young, single guy, and recently he's had back trouble. Any ideas, seasonal or no?

Tips and thank you gifts always feel a bit weird to me. They can feel feudal or mafia-like ("I owe you"). Maybe I shouldn't give anything and just keep being a friendly, appreciative neighbor.
posted by Turtle on Nov 10, 2004 - 11 answers

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