Islam In America

Islam In America

Gay, Muslim, and Seeking Asylum

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Yet another wave of Muslim immigration heads West.

Joseph Mayton writes: “Facing discrimination and violence in their home countries, homosexual Muslims are flocking to the U.S. and Britain—where immigration hurdles await.”

Check it out here.

Pressure Cooker Sparks Hotel Evacuation

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Police in Dearborn [Michigan] are trying to understand why a pressure cooker was left in the restroom of the Adoba Hotel, forcing the evacuation of guests until the early morning hours. The evacuation also canceled Sunday night’s banquet of the University of Muslim Association of America,” reports CBS Detroit.

“The pressure cooker discovered at the hotel was detonated by police as a precaution, but contained no explosives.”

Sure, after the Boston Marathon bombing, pressure cookers have entered the terrorism lexicon. But, what do you think? Was this a practical joke? A political commentary? An episode of forgetfulness on the part of the cooker’s owner?

Anti-Muslim Incidents Soar Across Britain

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Slate.com: “In the days following the murder of a British soldier in London [22 May 2013], there has been a huge spike in anti-Muslim incidents, according to an interfaith charity. Faith Matters, an organization that works to reduce extremism, says it has received 162 calls on its helpline since Wednesday’s attack, a sharp increase from the six calls it receives on an average day. The incidents range from name calling and abuse on social media, to the painting of graffiti, attacks against mosques, and pulling off women’s headscarves in the street.”

There’s little question that at least one of those who attacked the British soldier is Muslim. Are actions such as his, which inevitably create a general backlash against co-religionists, merely selfish attempts to gain “15 minutes of fame”? Is there ever a justification for such murderous action?

Ceramic Tile in Architecture

posted by Suzy Shuraym

tile_morocco“Sumptuous, vibrantly colored ornamentation is a distinguishing characteristic of Islamic architecture. As the human form and figurative representation are strictly forbidden, there is a total absence of sculpture in Islamic edifices. Instead, geometric patterns and rich surface decoration reach unparalleled artistic heights with stucco, brick, marble and ceramics,” writes Farida M. Said.

You can read the entire article here: “Tradition of the tile

Which brings up a question: is figurative representation of the human form forbidden at all times, or forbidden for use in religious applications (such as books on theology or mosques)?

What’s the exact reference (Qu’ran? Hadith?) for the prohibition?

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