Posts Tagged ‘Language’

The Way of Love

By Rachel Twort The meaning of Islam to the cultures that adopted it is revealed through the borrowing of Arabic words. The following languages have a word for love originating in Arabic:  Tigrigna, Amharic, Turkish, Farsi, Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Malay, Somali, Pashto, Azeri, Dari, Uzbek. If you were born in a Muslim family, is […]

The Language Argument

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX Judging any argument should not be done with preconceived notions or according to cultural influence, rather it should be judged objectively after looking into its intrinsic merit. As Muslims, our criterion of validity for religious matters is that […]

Arabism vs. Universal Islam

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX There is a big misunderstanding amongst much of our immigrant community here in the West. Sadly, this misunderstanding has been passed on to other Muslims and non-Muslims here, thus making it an accepted reality. This series—specifically this article—attempts […]

Should Islam Seem Foreign in a Non-Muslim Society?

Balancing Arabization Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI |  Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX Some devoted Muslims might answer this question by saying yes because that’s what the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) taught! It is authentically narrated that our beloved Prophet ﷺ said: “.إن الإسلام بدأ غريبا، وسيعود غريبا كما بدأ، […]

Naming the World

Paulo Freire wrote in Pedagogy of the Oppressed: As we attempt to analyze dialogue as a human phenomenon, we discover something which is the essence of dialogue itself: the word. But the word is more than just an instrument which makes dialogue possible; accordingly, we must seek its constitutive elements. Within the word we find […]