All tagged Muslims

I Didn’t Know…

Yet sometimes, I have to say something. It is for this reason I have chosen to join my sisters in Christ on this blog that challenges and urges those who read it to think and then react. The other writers of this blog are my precious sisters in Christ. We don’t agree on everything. But to the best of my understanding, unity does not mean agreeing on every jot and tittle of life, our faith, or politics. And so, I must, like a voice in the wilderness, cry out. I am Vociferor.

A Muslim convert’s reaction to the upcoming US elections

I am an American 100%, born and raised. At age 16, after much exploration, I decided to convert to Islam. Thankfully, I was born in a country that allows each individual to choose their beliefs. I have now been a Muslim for more than half of my life. Since I am white and do not wear the hijab (headscarf), my Muslimness goes unnoticed. In other words, I rarely encounter prejudice or profiling. 

5 Responses to Ramadan

The Muslim fast of Ramadan is upon us, leaving many Christians and Messianic Jewish Israelis apprehensive about the month to come. How do we respond to this month? Will there be increased tensions and violence?

The Israeli Shared Taxi: A Reflection on Our Diversity

I’m someone who travels a lot by public transport. I’m often on buses, trains and shared taxis. Shared taxis are a great way to travel between cities. They are generally faster than buses and usually more comfortable. They can carry a maximum of ten passengers and, although they follow normal bus routes, they will make stops along the way wherever the passenger wants.

Yom Kippur and Eid-al- Adha: commonalities and differences

Jewish Israel has just passed through the season of the High Holidays. We’ve celebrated the New Year (Rosh Hashanah), which is not really the new year as it’s the beginning of the seventh month of the Jewish calendar, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). These holidays, like the Moslem holidays, are both set according to the lunar calendar, but with differing dates. Israel’s Arab Moslem citizens have just celebrated, Eid-al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).

5 Muslim Thinkers and a Messianic Jew

Most people do not fall into a static category of religion, like my friend who asked me if I think ISIS represents Islam. She did not wish to be misrepresented. Islam is not one thing, just as Judaism is not one thing, just as Christianity is not one thing.

Muslims now number over two billion people, and the number is rising. Often we associate Islamic authority and teaching with the Arab world, but most of the world’s Muslims are far from this region. Eighty percent of Muslims are non-Arab, and the most populous Muslim country is Indonesia.