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Islamic Law

Is The Morality of Islam Suitable for the Modern World, or Antithetical to It?

Kabir Helminski | Posted 05.16.2016 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

It is important to make a distinction between the original revelation, the Qur'an, and Shari`ah which comprises the various interpretations and applications of that revelation in terms of religious practice, personal morality, and societal law.

Anti-Islamic Memes: The Ugly Side of Ignorance on the Internet

Rose Deighton | Posted 02.29.2016 | Religion
Rose Deighton

This Saturday morning, I opened my laptop to find an unusually high number of anti-Islamic posts. As usual, these were not well thought-out refutation...

What Would Work In Syria?

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

With the collapse of the United Nations peace negotiations to end the Syrian conflict, we need to step back and envision what an effective Muslim government with the support of the people would look like.

My Islamic Faith Prevents Me From Paying Interest on My Student Loans

Steve Rhode | Posted 06.22.2015 | Money
Steve Rhode

I recently called to ask if I could get a lower pay-off amount as the original loans were 32K and now they are up to about 64K because of deferment and interest. They said no and I believe these may have been private loans.

Gary Snyder | Posted 03.15.2015 | Media
Gary Snyder


Gary Snyder | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gary Snyder


Hooded Protesters Show Stonings Outside Beverly Hills Hotel

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Not long ago, the Beverly Hills Hotel was a place where tourists would flock to catch a glimpse of celebrities. But last week, anyone passing the icon...

Islamic State Extremists Enforce Strict Religious Laws In Iraqi Towns

USA Today | Anmar Al Shamary & Gilgamesh Nabeel | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion

BAGHDAD — Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women are forbidden from wearing bright colors and prints. The homes of Shiit...

Force or Choice? American Muslim Marriages (PHOTOS)

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

American Muslims from across the country share their stories of love and marriage as a matter of choice -- as it should be. They are reflective of the more mainstream American-Muslim experience while also representing a model to be emulated by others.

20 Percent of a Country Enslaved: A Cry for Mauritania

Mary David | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Mary David

Although he was born free, Biram Dah Abeid and his family know well the pain of slavery. Dah Abeid and his family are from the West African country of Mauritania.

Is Sport Hunting a Sin?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Our treatment of animals may in the future help shape relationships between peoples as much as with such creatures. Religion and culture may play role...

Understand The 'Law' Behind The Schoolgirl Kidnapping And Dare To Redefine It

Anver M. Emon, Ph.D. | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Anver M. Emon, Ph.D.

Instead of using hashtags or the military, what if we could debate with the Sultan or Boko Haram about what Sharia demands? What if we could ask them to reflect on how their definition of Sharia could be updated to reflect today's world? To ask such questions is not only to critically know and engage the Islamic tradition, but also to remove the monopoly that Boko Haram claims on defining what Sharia is for everyone.

Why Celebrities Are Boycotting This Iconic Hotel

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Ellen Degeneres and Jay Leno are among a group of protesters boycotting the iconic, century-old Beverly Hills Hotel. The establishment, once frequente...

Mother's Day From Near and Far

Maryam Zar | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Maryam Zar

On the approach to Mother's Day, there's the frivolous smell of flowers in the air, the spur of reservations abound and the light giggle of moms antic...

How Indian Women Are Using Sharia Law To Fight For Gender Equality

Religion News Service | Heather McIlvaine | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion

MUMBAI, India (RNS) Khatoon Shaikh had no formal education, never worked outside the home and lived in the kind of neighborhood that many people migh...

PE Classes For Girls Is The First Step Towards Prostitution, Claims Saudi Cleric

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion

Saudi Arabia is getting closer to adding physical education classes for girls to public schools, but some conservative Islamic clerics are slamming th...

Maldives President Calls Marital Rape Bill 'Un-Islamic'

Religion News Service | Vishal Arora | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

NEW DELHI (RNS) Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has refused to ratify a bill that seeks to partially criminalize marital rape, calling it “un-Isl...

Sharia Law Is Coming To Brunei

Religion News Service | Richard S. Ehrlich | Posted 10.22.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The sultan of Brunei announced on Tuesday (Oct. 22) he will rule his oil-rich Islamic country according to Shariah laws, including death by ston...

Yemen Under Fire For Sharia-Based Amputation Punishment

Agence France Presse | | Posted 11.17.2013 | World

Amnesty International has urged Yemen to commute a sentence of hand and foot amputation meted out to a man convicted of robbery, slamming the Islamic ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Oklahoma Anti-Sharia Constitutional Amendment Struck Down By Federal Judge | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A proposed amendment to Oklahoma's state constitution that would have prevented state courts from considering Sharia and international l...

Did Iran's President Feign Having PhD From London University 1980-1999?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

What do Rouhani's past actions suggest about his morals and personality? It suggests that Rouhani's first priority has been to use any tool possible -- even if it means deceiving the Iranian people -- in order to achieve his political ambitions.

Introducing Sharia Law 101

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion

(RNS) North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday (July 24) approved a bill to prohibit judges from considering “foreign laws” in their decisions, but n...

The Politics Of A Kiss: Islam And Intimate Life In Turkey

Roger Friedland | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Roger Friedland

Just like their parents did with the market and the democratic nation-state, one way or another young Turkish Muslims of the future will find a way to make their piety work with their love lives. It may not be in a subway, but they are not going to stop kissing.

Islamists Gaining Strength In Libya

The Media Line | Sherif Elhelwa | Posted 03.21.2013 | Religion

By Sherif Elhelwa/The Media Line When a group of Islamic terrorists with links to al Qaeda assaulted the American consulate in Benghazi killing Amb...

Mali: A Global Wound

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

We have to address the root causes of terrorism and invest heavily in improving the immune system of societies, which are vulnerable and weak in the face of this challenge.