Islamic Forum

Q22: Why is Jerusalem important to Muslims and why is there conflict there today?

This question requires a very long and detailed explanation. I will try to mention a few points here but as always please feel free to do your own background reading and double check things rather than simply taking my word for everything. Firstly, Jerusalem is important to people of the Abrahamic Faiths (Muslims, Christians and… Continue reading Q22: Why is Jerusalem important to Muslims and why is there conflict there today?

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Q9: Terrorism

This is simply a misconception that people have that most likely originated through various media outlets. You can find out more about this issue such as by watching this documentary, Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, whereby Jack Shahin talks about his detailed research into how various Hollywood movies have portrayed Arabs and… Continue reading Q9: Terrorism

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Q8: “Jihad”

The word “Jihad” is greatly misunderstood and is often incorrectly translated as “Holy war”, which is wrong. The word means “to strive /struggle” -i.e.: to struggle to do one’s best rather than simply doing the bear minimum. This is necessary to do well at anything in life such as to be a good student, to… Continue reading Q8: “Jihad”

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Q7: Muslims and Jews

The relationship between Arabs and Jews is very long and complicated. Both of them branch out from the same origin as they are both Semitic people who speak Semitic languages, Arabic and Hebrew. In fact, Jews, along with Christians, are known to Muslims as “Ahl Al Kitab” (People of the Book) due to their closeness… Continue reading Q7: Muslims and Jews

Travels

Palaces, Mosques, Forts and more –Andalucia, Spain

28th March 2010 to 4th April 2010… Although I had been to Spain in the past, this was my first trip to the southernmost part, Andalucia. The trip was during the Easter Break to Malaga, although we were expected to stay at a place called “Torremolinos”. While this might sound like a beach holiday at… Continue reading Palaces, Mosques, Forts and more –Andalucia, Spain