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This month I have the honour to host and present the pestigious Carnival of Islam in the West (maintained by the ever worthy Hakim Abdullah). Before proceeding, I have a small apology to make. There has been a slight delay in publishing this month’s edition. This was entirely due to my own lack of technical skill (and lack of patience with technology, but that’s another story)!
As the name suggests, the carnival explores the Islamic faith in the west, and its interaction with the wider world. It also aims to document the lives, thoughts and experiences of the west’s growing Muslim community. You can find last month’s edition here.
This month’s carnival offers articles exploring everything from business matters to the education of Muslim children, and from theories of science to exploratory spiritual poetry. If nothing else, this carnival reveals both the breadth and the depth of thought of the west’s Muslim community, as well as its intellectual and creative energy. This is a very hopeful sign, as it demonstrates (contrary to the opinions of some) that Muslims can and are balancing the apparent opposites of religion and modern western life. Indeed, in almost every sphere of life, Muslims are making invaluable contributions.
So, without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to present the March 9th 2007 edition of the Carnival of Islam in the West.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. May Allah accept this work from us as sincere worship, and may He make it beneficial to all who pass by.
Business and Career
Stephanie Bryant presents Burning a Bridge posted at Mortaine’s Blog, saying, “A non-Muslim burns bridges over the hateful, racist rantings of a popular email meme.”
Education and Life
Aaminah Hernandez presents A Quest for Inspiration posted at Aaminah Hernandez, saying, “Whay am I not as inspired by Islamic reading material as I am by “regular” reading? Working against the nafs to break the barriers in my heart to the beauty of the words of scholars.”
Amad presents What is an Identity Crisis? posted at Musings of a Muslim Mind. In this interesting post, Amad provides us with some thoughts on the critical issue of identity.
Yahya Birt presents Wisdom and the Universal Library posted at Yahya Birt – Musings on the Britannic Crescent, saying, “Yahya Birt looks at the relationship between bookish learning and wisdom, in the light of past literary and contemporary digital attempts to construct a universal library.”
Abu Muhammad presents Tradition of Literature posted at Non Skeptical Essays. In this post, Abu Muhammad explores Islam’s rich tradition of literature.
AnonyMouse presents Exploring Gender Issues in Muslim Communities: Ext… posted at Musings of a Muslim Mouse. Anony Mouse offers some very thoughtful reflections on gender issues, which is perhaps one of the most important topics of the day.
Amad presents The Chariots Part I: At the Marathon… posted at Musings of a Muslim Mind. Amad offers an interesting take on affirmative action.
History and Science
Manas Shaikh presents Europe and Islam « Reflections posted at Reflections. In this interesting post, Manas Shaikh takes a closer look at the oft-repeated assertion of Europe’s fundamentally Christian identity.
Baraka presents Muslims & Science posted at Truth & Beauty. Baraka offers some important thoughts on science and religion, something which I personally know little about. An important and worthy post indeed.
Marriage and Family
Nuh ibn Zbigniew Gondek al Kitab presents Nuh ibn Zbigniew Gondek: The Quality of the Family posted at Nuh ibn Zbigniew Gondek al Kitab. The family is the cornerstone of Muslim life. In this noteworthy post, Nuh reflects on how to achieve a happy, stable and Islamic home life.
Hakim Abdullah presents Can We Raise ‘Good Muslim’ Children in the West? posted at Hakim Abdullah. In this next post, Hakim Abdullah looks at one of the most pressing social issues facing Muslims in the western world today, namely that of educating our children.
Religion and Philosophy
Baraka presents Only Connect posted at Truth & Beauty.
Sahar Ullah presents Naked Eyes: Reflections on Wearing Niqab posted at other|matters. Sahar Ullah posts her reflections on wearing the niqab (the face veil). An important and timely issue.
Abu Muhammad presents Stare Decisis in Islamic Law posted at Non Skeptical Essays. In his second post of this month’s carnival, Abu Muhammad explores some significant aspects of Islamic Law.
Jinn Zaman presents The Feminist Critique posted at Phoenix Reborn: The Fire of Truth. In an interesting article, Jinn Zaman explores the feminist critique.
HijabMan presents HijabMan: How I take Pictures With the Quran posted at HijabMan. HijabMan takes a very unusual approach to picture taking in this thought-provoking post.
Robert Salaam presents The Big Bad Islam? posted at An American Muslim. Robert Salaam gives us some stimulating reflections on common perceptions of Islam.
Abdur Rahman presents There is no god but God posted at Abdur Rahman’s Corner. Here Abdur Rahman offers some reflections on the Islamic declaration of faith.
Abdur Rahman presents The Bonds of Travel « The Corner Reloaded posted at The Corner Reloaded. This small collection of poems by Abdur Rahman contains musings on the spiritual path.
Irving Karchmar presents Jesus Foretells the Coming of Muhammad (pbuh) posted at Darvish. This post offers some interesting passages from the Gospel of Barnabas.
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