Guidance for Whom? Notes on Interpretation and Quranic Teachings

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم The Quran addresses mankind as a whole in many verses. Despite this, it asserts in the opening verses of Surah Baqarah that it is "a guide for those who are conscious of God"--those who have taqwa, piety. It also says that while believers are increased in faith by hearing its recitation, disbelievers... Continue Reading →


Quran, Hadith, Fiqh: Methodology and History

The Quran describes itself as fully detailed, coherent, and free of contradictions. It is humans, we could argue--fallible men--who introduce confusion and obscure its message. Indeed, this is what has happened over the last millennium: The Quran's message of peace, justice, and respect has been all but lost to the ages. The History of Misunderstanding... Continue Reading →


Linguistics Daraba, from triliteral root ض ر ب (daad-raa-ba), occurs about 58 times in the Qur'an. Its most common usage in the Qur'an is to "set forth/put forward/cite/point out an example/parable, a case in point." Concordance Index In Lane's Lexicon, its definitions span 7 full pages of text. In Taj Al-Arus, its definitions span 18 pages.... Continue Reading →


Some Things About Me: 2017

I've been asked to do this. Specifically, people have requested to know what on earth a 14-year-old girl thinks she's doing writing Qur'anic exegesis. Firstly: Yes, I am 14, and I am not making this up. I have been researching Islam since I was 11. I think it began when I started learning translation with... Continue Reading →


Of Modesty, Victimhood, Purity, and Indian Weddings

"The most beautiful thing about modesty is that you lose yours as soon as you police another's. This is its nature" -Nahida Sultana Nisa As a child, it was drilled into my head that "the best place for a woman to pray is in the most secluded part of her chamber." This, I supposed, was... Continue Reading →


On Apologetic Claims and the Moral Degradation of Islam

It's time we acknowledged that we, as Muslims, have no actual basis, no concrete principles, upon which we form our religious legislation. Of course, we claim we do. Allegedly, we use the Qur'an, hadith, and Sunnah. But there is such a vast amount of variation throughout these sources that we differ on basic tenets of our faith. Scholarly... Continue Reading →


The Erasure of “Jahiliyah” and its Relevance Today

In traditional circles, the time period before the advent of Islam is known as Jahiliyah, which means "The Age of Ignorance." According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica: "In Arabic the word [Jahiliyah] means 'ignorance,' or 'barbarism,' and indicates a negative Muslim evaluation of pre-Islamic life and culture in Arabia as compared to the teachings and practices of Islam."... Continue Reading →


Musings on Fitrah

"Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true" -Thomas Paine [Credit: This Facebook post by Joseph A. Islam] I believe that all human beings are endowed with an innate sense of morality. This is confirmed in Surah Shams of the Quran. In Arabic, we... Continue Reading →


Witnesses: Financial Transactions and Adultery

In the Quran, no distinction is made between male and female witnesses in court (65:2, 5:106, 4:15), except during cases of financial transactions and suspected adultery (zina). Financial Transactions Verse 2:282 specifies the requirements for financial witnesses: "O you who believe! when you deal with each other in contracting a debt for a fixed time,... Continue Reading →


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