Qur’an

Celebrating Christmas with abandon

This holiday season I’m fully embracing Christmas.  Those of you who know me know I’m not a little bit Muslim.  I’m ardently Muslim.  I love dhikr, I celebrate when my kids recite chapters of the Qur’an, I quote from its meaning in conversation, I talk about the meaning and solace…

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Tips on Memorizing the Qur’an

Here are seven tips on how to efficiently memorize the Qur’an: 1.       Consistency is the Key The more frequently you sit down to review and memorize the Qur’an, the easier it becomes, so stick to a schedule of study. Motivate yourself by remembering that you can easily memorize three to…

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Muslimah at Standing Rock: An interview with Mona Haydar

Mona Haydar is a poet, an activist, a gardener and an environmentalist. She studied both Arabic and Islamic Spirituality in Damascus, Syria and is now working towards a Masters in Divinity at Union Theological Seminary. Mona Haydar’s “Ask a Muslim” project, aimed at dispelling the rising fear of and prejudice…

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Maryam, Mother of Jesus, in the Quran

Given that we are deep into Advent, I thought it fitting now to explore The Study Quran on the theme of Mary, Mother of Jesus. The ample index tells us that there are more than 50 references to Jesus in the Quran, and more than 15 to Mary. They are…

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What the Qur’an really says about women

Reading classical texts on hadith (the words and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad), he kept running across women’s names as authorities. He decided to do a biographical dictionary—a well-established genre in Muslim scholarly culture—that included all the women experts of hadith. “A short book, then?” I teased. “That’s what I…

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The Power of Language in Muslim and Jewish Sacred Text

“Use words. Help me understand.” As mothers, we have both found this phrase useful from time to time in helping our children navigate the terrain of conflicting emotions. As people deeply engaged in conflict resolution and building relationships among Jews and Muslims, we also find the articulation of emotion through…

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NYTimes: Quran fragments perhaps as old as Islam

On Wednesday, researchers at the University of Birmingham revealed the startling finding that the fragments appeared to be part of what could be the world’s oldest copy of the Quran, and researchers say it may have been transcribed by a contemporary of the Prophet Muhammad. “We were bowled over, startled…

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