Daily quote – June the 8th

”Death will overtake you wherever you may be, even in high towers.” – Quran 4:78

Daily quote – April the 22th

”Whoever wishes to know who he is, let him present himself to the Qur’an.” – Al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī

Daily quote – The 22th of March

”O you who believe, let not people laugh at people, for they may be better than them, nor let women laugh at women, as they may be better than them. Do not find fault with your own people, nor call one another by nick-names. Evil is a bad name after faith, whoever changes not is … Continue reading

Diversity – Women Clothing

As promised I will now tell you something about clothing: one of my favorite and, if you ask me, most interesting subjects we have discussed in class. Everytime we came across this, a lively debate was started on how clothing influence the morale and behavior of the people wearing it. I will first give you some … Continue reading

Diversity

So, time for a new starting point. Of course there are a lot of things that people within the Arab world share, but there are major differences as well and these are very fascinating if you ask me. Some examples of what I am planning to write about when it comes to this: – clothing: … Continue reading

Unity – Ummah

Now for, in my opinion, a very interesting subject in islam: the ummah. Before I had started my course in Middle East culture at the University of Leiden, I had never heard of this term. As we have not discussed this intensively in class, I will try to give a brief explanation and later on try … Continue reading

Unity – Qu’ran and Hadith

The Qu’ran and the Hadith are the most imporant scriptures in muslim faith. As promised in my first blog, I will try to cover the basics of them both in this thirth blog on the subject of unity. The Qu’ran is the most famous and well-known source of inspiration for muslims all over the world. … Continue reading

Which one is correct?

Dear readers, Does any of you know the correct spelling of the prophet’s name in English? I’m constantly switching between Mohammed, Muhammed, Mohammad and Muhammad. Is it all correct, or is one of them better or more frequently used than the others? Also, I was wondering if there is any difference in pronunciation between his … Continue reading

Kader Abdolah

For the Dutchies amongst my readers who are equally interested in the Qu’ran, here’s a tip: Iran-born Dutch writer Kader Abdolah has translated the Qu’ran in Dutch. Althought there had been made five translations already, this one I can highly recommend. The love and feeling for language Kader Abdolah is famous for fills me with … Continue reading

Unity – One God

As said before in this blog, the faith in one God and one God only is an important element that unites all muslims around the world. I will therefore give a brief explanation on when and where this faith found its beginning. Mohammed is the one person who built the foundations of this new religion. … Continue reading

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