I recorded these drummers
on the archipelago of Socotra last March. Unfortunately, my contact there has gone MIA, but I could use some help translating the Arabic lyrics of this Islamic Mawlid
chant. Can you help?
posted by mykescipark
on Mar 15, 2014 -
I've decided to skip my brother's wedding, for very good reasons. Help me figure out how to talk to him about this - it gets long, sorry. [more inside]
posted by guessthis
on Jan 27, 2014 -
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 -
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 -
I'm trying to remember details about a book written about the US in the 1920s from the perspective of a visiting fundamental Muslim. The book, from my memory, was influential in the progress of fundamental Islamism (and later terrorism) as the book described the jazz age, black people, women's sexuality, etc. in a very bad light. Strangely Google isn't helping me with this. Thanks!
posted by reductiondesign
on Dec 22, 2013 -
I have a family member who is interested in Islam and wants to read the Quran. I want to get him a devotional study companion. He's not a convert (yet?) but wants to learn more, explore a little, and maybe start up a discussion group with others. Assuming my friend is totally new to Islam and wants a non-technical, relatively easy read, can you suggest a good one, ideally with a Kindle edition? I am open to other suggestions if you have a better Quran companion in mind.
posted by blnkfrnk
on Dec 8, 2013 -
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 -
A person is to be punished by hundreds of lashes in Saudi Arabia. How, specifically, is the punishment carried out? [more inside]
posted by prunes
on Jul 30, 2013 -
I am looking to find out what this tag reads in English: http://oi44.tinypic.com/w2j8t0.jpg
Thanks very much to anyone who speaks Arabic and can translate this.
posted by bostonhill
on Jul 24, 2013 -
Looking for a good primer on Islam, emphasis on the distinctions and history between Sunni and Shia branches [more inside]
posted by Patbon
on Oct 24, 2012 -
Recommendations for nonfiction books on women in Islamic cultures. Bonus points for books that touch on queer, feminist, or disability studies themes. [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau
on Feb 27, 2012 -
I need help finding resources on moderate or liberal Islam. This is for a new fiction project and I want to be sure to be as respectful as possible. [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips
on Jan 27, 2012 -
Philanthropy: Is anyone aware of a non-profit organization that specifically focuses on U.S evangelical or fundamentalist-christian education or extremist Islam education (even better, grade school focused) its mission recognizing that the Christianity or Islam, in its perverted form(s), e.g., creationism, intolerance, senseless violence etc, is logically, from an educated standpoint, harmful to society. E.g., A reputable NP organization in whatever form committed to advocate against fundamentalist schools that teach silliness and harm children, likely an idea tank or direct advocacy program.
posted by gagglezoomer
on Dec 17, 2011 -
My very religious parents have invited me back into their home for the first time since I declared my agnosticism. I don't want to go. Am I making a mistake? [more inside]
posted by guessthis
on Oct 12, 2011 -
My younger brother is doing a Peace Corp stint in Senegal. His host family (with whom he's staying while he learns the language) has taken to calling him by the name of their son of the same age.
While I'm sure this is a gesture of welcoming, I find it very odd. Is this customary? What's the convention and where does it come from. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah
on Oct 1, 2011 -
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 -
What politically neutral book(s) should I read on multiculturalism and Islam, immigration/integration politics and/or ethnic/religious tensions in Europe? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Jul 25, 2011 -
My father unexpectedly passed away last weekend from a heart attack. I am not religious. Part of my family, and most of our community of friends & extended family, are. Help me navigate the religious talk without either going on the defensive, or being complacent. [more inside]
posted by raztaj
on Jul 20, 2011 -
A fundy Muslim father (and his extended family) with strong religious & cultural beliefs vs. his adult daughter's facebook account. How do I reconcile this? [more inside]
posted by overyourhead
on Nov 22, 2010 -
Looking for a magazine-style article where the author recounts how his middle eastern family changed over the course of a generation from modern secularism to religious/political conservativism [more inside]
posted by dephlogisticated
on May 28, 2010 -
Slumdog Millionaire: Late to the party, I watched this movie for the first time (and second time, too) this past week. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue
on May 9, 2010 -
What's going on grammatically in the opening verse of the Quran, which uses a sound masculine plural for the word "worlds"? [more inside]
posted by Biru
on Apr 9, 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 -
What's the best book for obtaining an overview of Islam (and its attitudes towards 'Western' culture)? [more inside]
posted by edbyford
on Dec 10, 2009 -
What's an interesting aspect of Iranian society/ Shi'i Islam that would lend itself well to a 10 page expository essay? Nothing too controversial - my professor is Iranian. Just something interesting to write/ learn about.
It has to be pretty specific. Thanks for suggestions!
posted by howgenerica
on Dec 9, 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 -
I'm trying to find a book about Islam and intellectualism. I can remember the cover, and the content - but not the title or the author. Gah! [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Apr 26, 2009 -
I've recently started learning more about Islam, and it intrigues me. But I had a conversation today with my muslim boyfriend in which he was adamant that he can't be muslim and believe in evolution. I'm okay with agreeing to disagree, but it's got me thinking. I've known many muslims who are scientists, and who would take no issue with evolutionary biology - how do they reconcile the two?
posted by scrute
on Jan 13, 2009 -
After living most of my life in a secular bubble, I've been asked to fill in as a producer for a religion-focused public radio show.
Religious folk: please help me to do the best job I possibly can. What's going on in your religion or faith community right now? And what should I, as a secular humanist journalist, know in order to broadcast respectfully about your faith?
(anonymous because my question relates to my job and employer, which could be identified from my posting history) [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 12, 2008 -
RamadanFilter: I'm fasting and I need to know what to eat so I'm not ravenous and faint by the sunset. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Sep 8, 2008 -
Single Muslim Father. First Ramadan without wife to help make food in the morning or with 'fun' ideas for the kidlets. Help! [more inside]
posted by burhan
on Aug 28, 2008 -
Recently, I left a job. One of the responses I got to my "goodbye" email was a beautiful and touching message I received from one long-time colleague, an American-born Muslim. In his email, he said "May Allah (swt) bless you and your family. I will keep you guys in my prayers."
In this context, what does the (swt) stand for? And, what would be a culturally-appropriate response? [more inside]
posted by deadmessenger
on Jul 18, 2008 -