Someone close to me has become more and more vocal and virulent about their anti-Islamic views, even going so far as to claim that moderates refuse to listen to criticism of extremists & terrorists. I am looking for examples of Muslim writers and speakers to counteract these arguments, and show that the overwhelming majority of people within Islam do not support atrocities. Thanks.
What is the meaning of the #1 sign you see in photos of Muslims when they're celebrating a beheading or terrorist achievement? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Is it true that Muslims are allowed to lie? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a Muslim community in Seattle that could help me (a non-Muslim) understand and participate in Ramadan? [more inside]
How to tell my Muslim parents about my white boyfriend? [more inside]
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]
How can I keep cool while covering up? [more inside]
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).
Do you know any good blogs written by Muslims, especially devout Muslims, about Islam? It's quite a slog trying to find readable ones!
What non-Christian religions and cultures have traditions comparable to Christmas carols and caroling? [more inside]
Who does the media often show many anti-Western Muslim leaders in a pose with the index finger pointed skyward? [more inside]
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]
Comparing controversial sections of the Qur'an (Koran), and of the New and Old Testament sections of the Bible. [more inside]
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]
What should my wife wear to an occasion that requests "please observe Islamic dress code?" We are non-Muslims. [more inside]
Using the phrase 'If Mohammed won't come to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed.' [more inside]
Muslim employees + handling an alcohol-extract flavoring ingredient... what should a company do? [more inside]
I am looking for some truth about honor killings...and some insight or clarification rather on Obama's agenda concerning Islam. [more inside]
What is the most appropriate outfit to wear to two weddings, one Muslim, one Catholic? [more inside]
Who is the artist behind / what is the name of this
painting? And what do you call art like this? [more inside]
I'm going to be fasting for Ramadan for the first time. Where do I start? [more inside]
Do they show women's Olympics competitions in conservative Muslim countries? [more inside]
Why would a Muslim man use henna to dye his beard orange? [more inside]
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?"
Is it common for Muslim in India to speak Malay, Thai, Indonesian as opposed to or in addition to Arabic? [more inside]
Are there Muslim sects/branches that don't go to mosque? [more inside]
In Islamic discourse, how harsh a pejorative is the term "kafir"? Is it necessarily a pejorative at all?
What are the functional and modern differences between Sunni and Shi'a Islam? [more inside]
What is this religious symbol? [more inside]
Do the majority of Muslim women in the world wear the hijab (head covering)? What percent do wear hijab?
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]
Where are the most intelligent, thoughtful, broad English language online forums for Muslims? [more inside]
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]
The Burquini thread got me to thinking about fetishes among Muslims. There is [more inside]
Are muslim women who wear a veil or burka allowed to remove it to be lip read by deaf people? [more inside]
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.
I need help determining fact-from-fiction in a BBC documentary called "The Power of Nightmares". [more inside]
How do I deal with a Muslim co-worker who doesn't like me? [more inside]
Muslim or Moslem? [more inside]
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]
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
This is in reference to 9 a.m. on 9-11 and 9 p.m., 11-9 and so on. . . [more inside]
Can anyone identify an old piece of clothing for me? (pics inside) [more inside]