This post was originally published on this siteEach year on Tisha B’Av, practicing Jews reflect on Eicha, the book of Lamentations. What is the book of Lamentations? Lamentations is a set of five heartbreaking poems, written after the brutal destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian army in 586 BCE. After the Babylonians forced the surrender of Jerusalem, they deported the city’s wealthy and influential Jews to Babylonia. These deportees were expected to lend

This post was originally published on this siteThe following is an excerpt from Umm Zakiyyah’s newly released book The Abuse of Forgiveness: Manipulation and Harm in the Name of Emotional Healing: “I don’t know why you’d want to live with all that anger and bitterness!” a woman said in response to a survivor who’d expressed that she wasn’t going to forgive her abuser. We were all part of an online

This post was originally published on this site Muslims leaders in reaction to the Donald Trump effect have created alliances with far-left liberals. Post-modern world views intrinsically challenge the authority of revealed scripture and create a bubble of sacredness around human rights ground in public reason. Perhaps that most challenging feature of post-modernity is the fluid or liquid nature of truth due to extreme subjectivism of late modernity. Liquid modernity

This post was originally published on this siteI’m so tired of being a teacher. Of philosophy, bible, kabbalah. I’m too intellectual, impractical, elitist. A weak vessel for activism. So, I volunteer to accompany a federal prison chaplain on her rounds. To do something meaningful. Just for a day. We visit a medium security men’s prison. We sign in, go through metal detectors and chain-link gates. Over a loudspeaker, a guard announces our arrival.

This post was originally published on this siteI went for Hajj last year and I had started packing three months before we left! I know it’s crazy, but I was really confused and took my time researching products and asking family and friends for suggestions on what I might need to make my journey easier. Here is a checklist (summary version, and then a set of explanations for some of

This post was originally published on this siteThis article contains many extensive notes, rendered here as end notes. Click here to download a PDF version in footnote format for easier reading and navigation of the notes. “And the male is not like the female” I. Introduction In April 2015, Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete Bruce Jenner declared publicly his formal reconstitution as a transgender woman during an interview with Diane

This post was originally published on this siteOh boy! Oh girl! Look at the opening sentences of Parshat Mattot-Masei (Numbers 30:2-36:13). Women can vow to work at the mishkan. (Good!) But their fathers and husbands can annul the vows. (Not so good!) What is going on here? A lot. These sixteen verses tell part two of a little story about working women. Part one was tucked away in the last

This post was originally published on this siteA methodological approach to ancient Sunni dream interpretation: Without a doubt, among the types of knowledge and the varieties of inherited wisdom with which scholars occupy themselves, there is none more obscure, necessary, exalted, and more challenging than the dream interpretation and analysis. The ancient scholars would deliberate upon the Book of Allah and the traditions of the Prophet as the initial points

This post was originally published on this siteShaykh Muhammad al-Hasan Wald al-Dadaw (b.1383/1963) (sometimes spelt: Muhammad al-Hassan al-Amin Walid al-Didu/Dedew al-Shanqiti) is a contemporary Mauritanian scholar who is rarely described without resorting to superlatives. He is certainly one of the most impressive ‘ulama of his generation. Of Bedouin heritage, his austere Mauritanian visage belies a gentle demeanor. Yet this polymathic scholar’s intellectual forays represent some intriguing possibilities for scripturally grounded

This post was originally published on this siteWhoever amongst us pursued mercy and blessings in Ramadan, know that Ramadan has passed. But whoever desires mercy and blessings from Allah constantly, know that Allah is present and Ever-Living and will never pass. Allah is waiting for you throughout the year and his doors are open throughout the year and his Vast Mercy is available throughout the year.   How then can