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Can Spirituality Be Taught?

Madrasahs, Sunday schools, Muslim schools: wherever you send them, it's pretty much expected that that's where your kid is going to learn a great deal about being a good Muslim. There, they learn about the...
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Coming of Age Traditions

  In many religions and cultures, children go through an important rite of passage to mark their transition from child to adult. In Christianity, Roman Catholics have Confirmation; Jews have a Bar Mitzvah...
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The Ruins of Traditional Islam

I recently spent a few weeks in Fez, Morocco--an icon of what many call "traditional Islam." Fez is often described as a fully preserved medieval city, a sanctuary where premodern rhythms of life still...
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The Migrations of Faith -Ruth Nasrullah

When I was 12 or so my best friend and I spent hours looking for hidden meanings in the lyrics of Beatles songs. We played in the barn at her family's country home in the Catskill mountains and acted out the...
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Women and the Wall |Ruth Nasrullah

A couple nights ago I went to a planning meeting for an event at a newly-built local masjid. When I walked into the building a brother quickly directed me to the sisters' section. I told him I was there for...
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Wisdom Behind Calamities

The Wisdom Behind Calamities: An Islamic Approach Praise be to Allaah.  Yes, there is great wisdom behind calamities, including the following: 1 – To attain true submission and servitude (‘uboodiyyah)...