Archive for November, 2016

News and Analysis (11/4/16)

Friday, November 4th, 2016

“[F]ive principles … comprise the goal of Shariah – preserve life, preserve mind, preserve religion, preserve posterity, and preserve property – any action that is to be considered in line with Shariah must lead to these five results”:

Despite the fact that Islamic law requires the agreement of both parents to cease breast-feeding, this man prevented his wife from feeding their child, leading to the child’s death citing an absurd pseudo-Salafi argument:

Is Salafism or democracy to blame for the use fallacious interpretations of Islam in politics? “it is important to be continuously reminded that bigots are everywhere,” says one observer:

Soon after “the FBI exposed a plot to murder 120 Somali immigrants” in the state, the Republican Party of has distributed “an image of an Islamic State fighter holding a machine gun” and asking, “Have you met the new neighbors?”

The Turkish government now stoops to arresting elected legislators and accusing critics of the practice of supporting terrorism:

The author of The Trouble with Islam Today has learned from her followers that her mission is not the reform of Islam, but the “more universal mission … [of] moral courage … [which] means doing the right thing in the face of your fears”:

The chaplain’s Muslim critics have “distributed Islamic resources … that include a description of the household of Prophet Muhammad, whose wives … showed autonomy, providing positive role models to Muslim couples“:

Afia, who started posting her beauty videos to show that her scarf doesn’t stop her from doing whatever she wants now hopes Cover Girls’s campaign “will show  that brands care about us as consumers and we’re important”:

Fikri “he was crushed to death by a garbage truck … after the unauthorized swordfish he was selling was thrown out by police and … [he tried]to retrieve it from the garbage”:

News and Analysis (11/2/16)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

“I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories…. [I]f we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win”:

“The proposed role and powers … do not furnish sufficient protection from potential violations of the constitutional rights of those law-abiding Muslims and believers in Islam … in this city” Federal Judge Charles Haight Jr.:

To prevent rival Christian denominations from soaking the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in one another’s blood, a Muslim “family keeps the key, while [another] opens up the church door every morning and locks it in the evening”:

“At a certain point, you realize that you need to call out inappropriate behavior. I think the time had come to say this is embarrassing for us as Jews” — Rabbi David Lerner, President of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis:

“Personnel from the so-called ‘Israeli Nature Authority’ – backed by large numbers of Israeli forces – stormed the historical Bab al-Rahmeh cemetery and knocked down eight graves” — Islamic cemeteries in Jerusalem, preservationist:

“[M]ost of the world considers settlement construction there and in the West Bank illegal or illegitimate”:

“The rise in modest fashion over the last decade has come hand in hand with the emergence of ‘Generation M’: Muslims who believe that faith and modernity go hand in hand” — Shelina Janmohamed, VP of Ogilvy Noor:

“[G]ender-just reforms have to be introduced into the Muslim community … through equality-seeking interpretations of the Qur’an and Islamic law, not through a universal family law imposed on the community from above”:

UK’s “Sharia councils” get mixed reviews, with some women saying that while some are “misogynistic and unfair to women,” but others complaining “that the inquiries are aimed at banning – not reforming – Sharia councils”: