traditional islam

anonymous asked:

Did you base the idea of abdals on the Tzaddikim Nistarim in Jewish tradition?

The name I knew them by was Lamed Wufniks (the difference in name between that and what’s in the Wikipedia entry being just a dialect / orthography issue). I first ran across them in Jorge Luis Borges, and then when I looked into the tradition further I found that there was a surprisingly close counterpart in the Islamic mystical tradition regarding abdals. I wound up borrowing details from each, finally.

Things I don’t want to see in yuribek/otayuri fanfics

— descriptions of Almaty as a quiet city where nothing happens. It’s a former capital of a fucking country. It is a big city full of life. It’s not that hard to google how it looks!

— Kazakh women dressed in all black and hijabs. Yes lots of people there identify as Muslim. But that doesn’t mean all of them look like your “traditional Islamic country citizen” stereotype. You want to mention traditional culture? At least google what Kazakh national clothes look like. Please. It’s not that hard.

— OCs with stereotypical “Muslim” names. For fuck’s sake. Yes, your Kazakh OC might actually be called Faiza or Fatima or Yusef or whatever. Names like these are also used there. But did you consider googling actual popular Kazakh names instead of remembering one name you think sounds Central-Asian enough and rolling with it? (I know that sounds a bit stupid, concidered Otabek isn’t a genuine Kazakh name, but at least it’s not a stereotype. They tried! And did better  job than most of OC writers.)

— assuming Kazakhstan and Russia are completely foreign to each other. Yes, there are things about Kazakh culture Russians don’t know and things about Russians Kazakhs don’t know. But we are neighbours! Believe me, we know more about each other than you American teens know about our countries combined. That one fic where Otabek didn’t know that a building he was looking at was a Russian curch? Ugh. Do you actually think Kazakh people are so stupid that they don’t know a thing that even you know? Have some respect.

— treating Kazakhstan and Russia like an inferior barbarian countries. Blah blah young figure skaters came to Europe for the first time and were blown away with all The Culture and The Progress and realized what The Real World looks like. Really? REally???? Thank god I’ve seen this just once. but even one fic was too much. So if you are thinkin about making Yuri act surprised about something in your shiny progressive country, please try doing some research first and don’t “surprise” him by something we actually have here.

There are more things but these were the most annoying for me.

I’m so annoyed by this discussion Muslims are having about “traditional” vs. “progressive” Islam. Like, no one is trying to change the core concepts of Islam. But the Qur’an is a very vague book intentionally. So to sit there and tell people their interpretation is emphatically incorrect when you haven’t even given it a modicum of consideration is absurd. Allah is called The Most Kind and The Most Just for a reason; so we can interpret the Qur’an in ways that embody these characteristics. But the thing is, these are relative qualities. A lot of us live in Western societies that challenge ideas Islam’s history hasn’t really had to deal with in a concrete manner, so finding new meaning from the same Qur’an is an important journey in validating our Muslim identity.

Solomon, Magick, and Freemasonry

It is eminently appropriate that the person of King Solomon rises as a central figure in the traditions of both magic and Masonry, for it is written that Solomon was not only a great and wise man of God, he was also the most powerful magician the world had ever known.

The biblical Solomon is downright dull when compared to Solomon the magician of other traditions. Judaism and Islam seem to meld into a magical mist of fable and fantasy in the person of Solomon. He is at once a Hebrew king, a Prophet of Allah, and an audacious oriental wizard. Solomon the magician could talk with animals, fly through the air on a magic carpet, and cause others to fly through the air to him. He could control the powers of nature and was master of the denizens of the spirit world, the demons, the afrites, and genii of Shahrazad’s A Thousand and One Arabian Nights. A recurring theme in these tales is the assertion that Solomon enlisted the services of genii and other maleficent spirits to construct the Temple of God.

Lon Milo DuQuette -The Key to Solomon’s Key: Secrets of Magic and Masonry

Image Credit-Jody Breedlove

Only straight muslim men get the privilege of accusing marginalized muslims of practicing “liberal” Islam because “traditional” Islam benefits them only and they could care less about the rights of others. It’s really easy to defend sexist, homophobic, ableist distortions of Islam when you benefit from those distortions. 

Just because the Islam that women, LGBTQ muslims, disabled muslims, and muslims with mental health issues have embraced doesn’t look like your “traditional” Islam doesn’t make it wrong. It means we’re trying to carve out a space for ourselves in a religion that was hijacked by patriarchy not long after the Prophet (saw) passed away.

And no, Islam was never meant to be this way. Islam is not patriarchal. The Prophet never advocated for people to be marginalized. But here we are now. So don’t shame people looking for an Islam that allows them to be an active member. Look at yourselves and ask yourself why you felt the need to put Islam in a tiny, tiny box when it was meant to be for everyone. “Traditional” doesn’t always equal right and “liberal” doesn’t always equal bidah. We are all just looking for Islam.

anonymous asked:

How does islam empower women?

Hi anon, that is a very intellectual question and I am definitely going to give you a long and detailed answer to aid you in your understanding. Before I start, I want to make it clear that many cases of female ‘oppression’ in Islamic countries such as Saudi law preventing woman from driving is COMPLETELY INFLUENCED BY CULTURE and under no circumstances approved in traditional Islamic ruling. Let’s begin! 

All evidence of female empowerment can be found in the Qura’an, the very first one being that God dedicates an entire chapter to women in it. If you wish, you may open Surah An-Nisaa to see this for yourself. 

Islam gives women the right to education, to marry someone of their choice, to retain their identity after marriage, to divorce, to work, to own and sell property, to seek protection by the law, to vote, and to participate in civic and political engagement. While woman in Islam have been enjoying these rights for the last 1400 years, some of these things (such as voting and women in the work force) where only legislated in western society in the last hundred years. 

It’s further expressed in Islam that men and woman are equal, but also recognizes that both genders are not identical. These differences are embraced in Islam to ensure that a community is strong in every aspect as everyone, women and men alike, offer their talents to society to mutually support it. . 

Education is an obligatory commandment on all Muslims, be they male or female. Islam ordains that women should be educated, upright members of society. Some of the most influential scholars of Islam have been woman. Women’s participation in academia has been encouraged and practiced throughout the majority of Islamic history. For instance, al-Qarawiyin Mosque and University, the oldest running university, was funded by a woman, Fatima al-Fihri, in Morocco, 859 C.E.

In Islamic history, women participated in government, public affairs, lawmaking, scholarship, and teaching. To continue to uphold this tradition, women are encouraged to actively participate in improving, serving, and leading the different aspects of the community.

While many societies around the world denied women inheritance, Islam assured women this right, illustrating the universal justice of Islam’s divine law. Woman in Islam have a right to work, and she has the right to spend her money on how she sees fit. 

The long standing idea of hijaab ‘oppressing’ women is one that I, as a Muslim woman of color who wears not only hijaab, but also a face veil, can easily dispose of. No, our men do not force us to wear our head scarves. We do it out of our love and devotion to our God. 

I don’t chase the ever changing standard of beauty society throws at me, nor do my sisters in Islam. We are liberated from this vainly visual world, and thus more often then not, we make connections with people who love our souls and not only our faces or bodies. 

Islam does empower woman. Look through my blog and tell me I am not empowered. The only thing that is taking our rights away are the ill media portrayals of our religion.  

Saxxy's SPN Holiday Challenge

So, I’ve seen and read a lot of Christmas challenges in the past, and I’m already seeing challenge posts pop up all over Tumblr. But here’s the thing: not everybody celebrates Christmas. There are so many other religions out there, and most of them are not included in the world of fan fiction. For once, let’s write about the Reader showing the boys how to light a Menorah or including them in the Ramadan fasting.

This holiday season, I’m going to host a challenge that involves different religions and their own holiday practices from all times of the year.

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