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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Muslim employees + handling an alcohol-extract flavoring ingredient... what should a company do? [more inside]
posted by GuffProof
on Jul 14, 2009 -
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 -
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 -
Do they show women's Olympics competitions in conservative Muslim countries? [more inside]
posted by RedEmma
on Aug 23, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
The Burquini thread got me to thinking about fetishes among Muslims. There is [more inside]
posted by Ynoxas
on Jan 12, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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]
posted by punkbitch
on Nov 11, 2005 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Would non-arabic speaking people get anything out watching this performance
? Could anyone clue me in on what is to be expected of those performers?
posted by Recockulous
on Sep 21, 2004 -