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Rebutting anti-Islamic sentiments

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.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Sep 4, 2014 - 12 answers

Why do Islamic extremists hold up one finger?

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]
posted by pallen123 on Aug 24, 2014 - 22 answers

Being Inclusive of All Religions in Girl Scout Troop

How to deal with a member of my daughter's girl scout troop whose religious beliefs make it difficult to engage in regular group activities? [more inside]
posted by Creamroller on May 29, 2014 - 48 answers

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

The birthday of the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam.

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 - 1 answer

Oh brother, don't hate me

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 - 62 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

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

Help me remember an influential Islamic text about the US in the 1920s

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 - 3 answers

What's the Quran equivalent of "My Utmost For His Highest"?

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 - 5 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

Flagellation question

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 - 4 answers

Arabic translation from an image

Hello, 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. Thanks
posted by bostonhill on Jul 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Looking for dramatizations of the sack of Baghdad.

Are there any good dramatizations of the sack of Baghdad by the Mongols? [more inside]
posted by cthuljew on Nov 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Primer on Islam

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 - 3 answers

Women in Islamic Cultures Book Suggestions

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 - 25 answers

Resources on Liberal Islam?

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 - 6 answers

Opposition to Fundamentalist Education

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 - 6 answers

Conversion Problems, Part 2

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 - 47 answers

I've been caled a lot of things, but nothing I would call a name.

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 - 8 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

What unbiased book should I read on multiculturalism, immigration and Islam in Europe?

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 - 11 answers

lying is a sin, but it'll probably make them happy

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 - 8 answers

Conversion Problems

How do I stop feeling guilty for not wanting my boyfriend to convert to Islam? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Jun 14, 2011 - 64 answers

How do I become an informed citizen of the world?

What's the best neutral, digestible, comprehensive primer to politics in the Middle East? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on May 3, 2011 - 13 answers

My father's religious and cultural beliefs, & my facebook account

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 - 96 answers

What does it say in this Arabic banner?

Gaddafi Pays Italian Models To Attend A Party That Is Actually An Islam Recruit Fete. Can you tell me what the banner in Arabic they hang inside reads?
posted by procrastinator on Aug 30, 2010 - 2 answers

How can I support the Ground Zero Mosque?

How can I help support the "Ground Zero" Mosque? [more inside]
posted by j1950 on Aug 19, 2010 - 33 answers

Article about the Transformation of a Middle Eastern Family

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 - 5 answers

What does this calligraphy say?

What does this piece of Arabic-script (Persian?) calligraphy say? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on May 25, 2010 - 3 answers

No skin? No sweat!

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

"So, Rama -- Do you come here often?"

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 - 15 answers

Teach me about religion.

I'd like to learn about various religions—scriptures, beliefs, everything. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Apr 23, 2010 - 32 answers

Quranic Grammar Headache!

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 - 10 answers

How can I get my students to dream of Djinni?

What's a good academic text/trade book about Jinni? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Mar 26, 2010 - 2 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

Has there ever been a single sacred text of Hellenic Polytheism?

Is there an official bible for the Greek myths? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Mar 13, 2010 - 25 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

Book explaining Islam?

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 - 8 answers

Paper Topic on Iran?

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 - 13 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

Book about Islam and intellectualism, what's the title?

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 - 11 answers

Islam and Evolution?

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? [more inside]
posted by scrute on Jan 13, 2009 - 17 answers

Is it okay for an athiest to be a Muslim?

My close friend is converting to Islam. Do you think he's doing the right thing? [more inside]
posted by dydecker on Dec 19, 2008 - 43 answers

metafilter, how does Eid work?

How does Eid work? For my girlfriend, who is a photographer: [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Sep 29, 2008 - 3 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

Two people like each other, but never at the same time. Is it worth waiting for her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2008 - 15 answers

Religious MeFites: help educate a nonbeliever.

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 - 27 answers

What should I eat in the morning?

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 - 12 answers

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