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Alejandra Diaz: Muslim Feminism

Alejandra Diaz: Muslim Feminism

For decades, Muslim women have questioned the treatment of women in Muslim societies. A fight for larger equality between both sexes has prompted many renown scholars to not only fight for equality in the secular domain but also religious one. On March 18, 2005, Amina Wadud famously led a mixed congregation in a Friday prayer(…)

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Alejandra Diaz: The many messages of the Qur’an

Alejandra Diaz: The many messages of the Qur’an

There is an incredible range of diversity when it comes to approaches to the Qur’an. The different readings one can have of the Qur’an are not only due to the kinds of materials, such the Qur’an or Hadiths, but also because of the different lens exegetes use to analyze these materials. One can organize these(…)

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Alejandra Diaz: The Qur’an as a framework for institutionalizing justice and forgiveness

Alejandra Diaz: The Qur’an as a framework for institutionalizing justice and forgiveness

Institutions such as the waqf and religious obligations such as the hajj are examples of how the Qur’an helps institutionalize charity and friendship.  But most importantly, the Qur’an, especially when read through the context of 8th century Arabia, provides a frame work for the creation of social institutions or present solutions to social ills. Many(…)

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Alejandra Diaz: Truth as a Characteristic of Judgement Day, Paradise and Hellfire

Alejandra Diaz: Truth as a Characteristic of Judgement Day, Paradise and Hellfire

Despite the differences between the Quranic Judgements day, paradise and hellfire, they share the overarching characteristic of Truth. It is, ultimately, the truth of our actions that we are faced with on Judgement day. This truth can either grant us paradise or define the torment we suffer in Hellfire. Furthermore, truth presents itself in various(…)

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Alejandra Diaz. The Quranic Moral Code as a system of compassion

Alejandra Diaz. The Quranic Moral Code as a system of compassion

The Quranic Moral order is primarily a virtue and Consequence system. Its values are reflective of both God’s qualities and humanity’s relationship with God. It acknowledges humanity’s position of privilege as a creature of free will and immense potentials. It evaluates our intention and the consequences of our actions, or the fulfillment of the potential(…)

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Alejandra Diaz: The Qur’an as a standard of beauty in artistic creation

Alejandra Diaz: The Qur’an as a standard of beauty in artistic creation

The Qur’an is a text of incredible beauty. Its words and messages have a great influence over the art produced by Muslims. This is not only because of importance of the Qur’an as a religious text but also because of the way the Qur’an speaks about art and creation.  The importance of the text is(…)

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Alejandra Diaz: Understanding the Qur’an through the Prophet Muhammad

The life and character of Prophet Muhammad are important to understanding the Qur’an because of the nature of its revelation. The messages and ideas revealed to the prophet by God have been filtered through prophet Muhammad’s worldview. It is for this reason that in tradition, one recites from the Qur’an in Arabic, the language in(…)

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