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Overview of Objectives of Shari’a: 49th ISNA Convention

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Muzammil Siddiqi and Muneer Fareed discussed shari’a in an afternoon session today (August 31, 2012) at the 49th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America in the Washington (D.C.) Convention Center.

Dr. Siddiqi (pictured), chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America, started with the translation of the Arabic word, shari’a, into English, noting that it meant “to begin”, “to enact”, “to lay down”. It’s “something enacted” to “show the way to the source of happiness,” he noted, adding that it’s “not just laws and rules, but also acts of worship”.

“Shari’a is a source of guidance for those sure of their faith,” he said. This guidance comes from both the Qu’ran and the Hadith.

“The United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights are not in conflict with Shari’a,” Dr. Siddiqi emphasized. “We do not see a confict with Islam. We are equal citizens without losing our Muslim identity. We can be faithful Muslims and loyal Americans.”

Dr. Fareed, director for the Centre for Contemporary Islam, pointed out that Shari’a is applied on three separate and distinct levels: individual, community and global.

What is applicable at one level may not be appropriate at another, he said.

Shari’a helps Muslims live their moral vision and “do what is right”, he concluded.

Ingrid Mattson, who also was scheduled to speak at this session, did not participate due to a family emergency.

(Photo courtesy of Muslim Public Affairs Council)

Are Muslims Allowed to Sing and Dance?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“While moderate Muslims generally don’t object to music and dancing per se, a large portion of the faithful view sexually suggestive movement, racy lyrics, and unmarried couples dancing together as haram, because they may lead to un-Islamic behavior. This viewpoint resembles the anti-dance feeling common among American Christians at various points in U.S. history.”

Agree? Disagree? Read the whole article here and decide.

Middle Eastern Immigrants Want ‘To Harm’ The U.S.

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Gabriela Mercer, the likely Republican congressional candidate in Arizona’s new 3rd District, once declared that the only goal of Middle Easterners crossing America’s southern border was to ’cause harm to the United States’.”

Really?

You can read it all here.

Middle Eastern Males vs. Grandmothers

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Monday that the TSA’s security screening in U.S. airports needs to be more selective so grandmothers don’t get ‘the spread-eagle search’ while a ’20-year-old Middle Eastern male waltzes through with a smirk on his face’.”

You can read the whole article here.

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