I have been receiving some… interesting comments recently. Someone called “dude” said the following:
“wudu is not for you..forget about it..u just try adding many more haram reformist irshad manji links on ur page.”
He went on to give links to a story about emel Magazine and pictures of its editor, Sarah Joseph (a name also dropped by commenter “Iamrubbish”). I hadn’t really heard of Joseph or this magazine before, and I want to thank both dude and Iamrubbish for bringing it to my attention. And yes, dude, I will be adding it to my collection of haram-reformist-irshad-manji links, since apparently all my links are somehow magically tied to Manji.
I am blown away by this magazine! Shown here is the cover art for their “Muslims in China” feature. Here is a magazine that celebrates Muslim life – in all of its beauty and diversity! One of the stories I read is What Kind of Muslim Are You? , and here is an excerpt which I think I (and all those who choose to comment on this blog) should take note of:
“More often than not, a Muslim will be defined by how outwardly pious they appear – how long is his beard, how expansive is her head-covering – as though a Muslim is defined on one axis only. Such lazy and judgemental labelling has prevented us from seeing the human aspirations, motivations and even foibles that make up the great mosaic of the global Muslim nation.”(Emphasis added)
People both inside and outside of Islam seem to portray it as monolithic – and if thats true, which of you is doing it right? Even within sects there are differences, and everyone seems to feel that their way is the only right way. But the fact is that Islam belongs to Muslims, and no two Muslims are alike. You can spit “haram!” all you like, it won’t change the fact that you are part of a huge, and somewhat dysfunction family. You can try to hide them or hide from that family, but it will only result in isolation for you. If I do become Muslim, it is my hope to eventually see all humanity as my family (even the stereotypical shady cousin that no one wants to talk about or invite to weddings).
Again, thank you my dear readers for finding this for me, I found it to be very inspirational. If you have any other suggestions of links I might add, please feel free to do so (but I ask you, dude, to please be less hostile in the future). As for removing links – not gonna happen.