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Islam Reading List Feb 19, 2006
Let's start a reading list for people who want to learn more about Islam.

The main motivation for me starting this thread is that I am getting tired of all the propaganda and want to bring out balanced information that helps people understand Islam (including myself!).

RULES OF THIS THREAD

1. No content other than the info. for the reading materials is allowed. (Yes, this includes discussion that is on or off-topic, and flaming.)

2. No posting of propaganda or materials that incite hatred against Islam (or any other religion or group of people).

3. If you want to discuss something on the reading list, start a new thread about it.

4. It is expected that the moderators will strictly enforce these rules by deleting posts that break any of the rules.
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ReligiousTolerance.org

Info about the site and its purpose

Religious tolerance means:
to extend religious freedom to people of all religions, even though you sincerely disagree with their beliefs and/or practices.

Religious freedom means that you can:
Believe, worship and witness as you wish;
Change your beliefs or religion; and
Join with others to express your beliefs. 1

Our site mandate:
"To promote religious tolerance and freedom.
To describe religious faiths in all their diversity.
To describe controversial topics from all points of view."

Our two mottos:
"Study of the world's religions will lead
to an understanding of religious diversity.
Understanding will lead to inter-religious dialogue.
Dialogue will lead to peace among religions..
Peace among religions will lead to peace among nations." 2

"Whenever someone deviates from reality, others usually get hurt."


Why the website is different than many others...

This website is unlike almost all other religious sites:
It promotes religious freedom, and diversity as positive cultural values.

* We do not promote our own religious beliefs. We can't because we are a multi-faith group. We try to explain the full diversity of religious belief in North America, from Asatru to Zoroastrianism, including Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, Universism, Wicca, other religious groups, and spiritual/ethical groups.
* We try to describe all viewpoints on controversial religious topics objectively and fairly. We cover everything from abortion access to equal rights and protections for homosexuals and bisexuals, including same-sex marriage, and dozens of other "hot" topics.

ISLAM

About Islam:

Estimates of the total number of Muslims range from 0.7 to 1.2 billion worldwide and 1.1 to 7 million in the U.S. 3 About 21% of all people on earth follow Islam. The religion is currently in a period of rapid growth.

Christianity is currently the largest religion in the world. It is followed by about 33% of all people -- a percentage that has remained stable for decades. If current trends continue, Islam will become the most popular world religion sometime in the mid-21st century.

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Topics included in this section:

About Islam:
- "The Truth About Islam": A description in about 600 words
- Introduction to Islam:
- Part 1: Its origin, Muhammad, texts, beliefs, etc.
- Part 2: Its practices, schools, holy days, etc.
- Comparing the beliefs of Islam and Christianity
- Comparing their growth rates
- How many Muslims are there in the U.S. and in the rest of the
world?
- Books, web sites, and web rings
- Links to web sites featuring clothing, cards, etc.

Quotations:
- Quotations from the Qur'an
- Hadiths: sayings of Muhammad
- Comparison of Qur'an verses with the Hebrew Scriptures' Ten
Commandments

Beliefs and Practices:
- Apostasy (Irtidãd) -- abandoning Islam
- Status of women:
- Female genital mutilation among Animists, Christians, and Muslims
- The role of women in predominately Muslim countries
- The Hajj -- pilgrimage to Mecca
- The significance of Eid-Ul-Adha
- Holy days of Islam -- seasonal days of observance and celebration
- Homosexuality
- The concept of Jihad
- Paradise: life after death
- When is killing innocent humans permitted? Terrorist attacks and
the principle of tattarrus
- Punishment for non-marital sex
- The fast of Ramadan

Tolerance items:
- Accommodating Islamic prayers in public schools
- Senate/House resolutions promoting religious tolerance towards
Muslims.
- A prayer for peace and unity
- Why do "they" hate the West?
- "Terror has no faith" An essay by Ibraham Hooper of CAIR

Conflicts:
- Verbal attacks on Muslims by Fundamentalist and other
conservative Christian leaders
- Beliefs about Islam by the American public
- Is Islam a religion of violence or peace?
- Hate crimes against Muslims and mosques
- Sharia law as practiced in Ontario
- A joint Senate/House resolution promoting religious tolerance
towards Muslims.
- A book about Islam on the University of Northern California reading
list
- Terrorist attacks in America 2001-SEP-11, not by typical Muslims,
but by extremist, radical, fundamentalist, Muslim terrorists.
- The Washington-area sniper
- Al Qaeda's beheading of Paul Johnson in Saudi Arabia
- An excerpt about Iran from a book by Reza Aslan titled "No god but
God"
- A sampling of fatwas and other statements during 2005 condemning
terrorist acts
- Radical Muslim group(s) in U.S. Prisons

Religious terms:
- "Fundamentalism" within Christianity and Islam
- Names given to the "Holy Land"
- Religious terms used to refer to Islam and Muslims

In addition to the above, we have short passages on:
- Virgin birth of Jesus (pbuh)
- Jesus' (pbuh) sinlessness

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Feb 20, 2006
Muslim Women's League
http://www.mwlusa.org/
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Since religion and law are closely tied together...

Islamic and Middle Eastern Law Materials on the Net


http://www.soas.ac.uk/Centres/IslamicLaw/Materials.html
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Feb 22, 2006
MSA-USC Qur'an Database

Warning (especially for Muslims)

Today, technology is helping bring Islam into the homes of millions of people, Muslim and otherwise. There is a blessing in all this of course, but there is a real danger that Muslims will fall under the impression that owning a book or having a database is equivalent to being a scholar of Islam. This is a great fallacy. Therefore, we would like to warn you that this database is merely a tool, and not a substitute for learning, much less scholarship in Islam.

Classic MSA-USC Search:

* This database supports searching for complete words only. A query for the word "eat" will only return data containing that word, and not data containing "eaten", "eating", etc.
* Queries can only contain characters from the following set: alphanumeric characters, dash "-", left parenthesis "(", and right parenthesis ")".
* Boolean operations are supported: "and", "or", and "andnot".
* Searches on this database are very fast, however the disadvantage is that more complex types of queries are not supported. In particular, if you need to use wildcards, please try the Verity Search below.
* The results of searching on this database is a list of individual verse numbers. Each number is a link into a chapter from the Qur'an. By clicking onto the link, your browser will be positioned directly on top of that particular verse.
* An example of a classic MSA-USC query string is: (kingdom and see) andnot dominion

http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/reference/searchquran.html
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Feb 22, 2006
Glossary of Islamic Terms and Concepts

http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/reference/glossary.html
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Feb 22, 2006
This is a very Good site.

(Islamway.com)

http://english.islamway.com/


You will find almost everything you need to know about islam
About Islam Way


Attentively following the traces of our (al-salaf as saleh) Righteous Predecessors , the site, among others with similar approaches, aims at sound and clearer perception of Islam.

Globally transmitting for all Muslims , no affiliation or restrictions of a political party, group or any other governmental guardianship are behind.

Four years ago, Islamway broadcasting service has primarily been - launched shouldered only by two persons. they were able to occupy some cheaper space on some server –on rent basis – then stuffed it with the available few ceremonies.

150 international volunteers now has co-operatively – with the grace of Allah –assisted in developing the site up to its present tangible fine excellent look.

Becoming the most popular known Islamic broadcast in the web is another witness to the fervent continuous efforts crowned with the devotion , dedication and honesty of both founders and volunteers as well.
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Feb 22, 2006
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.

In Dubai there is a session conducted every Sunday and Thursday at 10am at Jumeriah Mosque.


The person who conducts the Lectures is a lady from Switzerland i think or somewhere around there.

Some info about the Centre:

http://www.uae.gov.ae/Government/culture.htm
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Feb 23, 2006
http://www.pbs.org/muhammad/ma_america.shtml

http://www.islamway.com/mohammad/
For people want to understand why the outrage for the cartoons, read about who is our prophet to us.

http://www.amaana.org/ismailim.html
Interesting insight by non-muslim

http://www.convertstoislam.org/

People converted, stories, real people, logic which lead them.

Hope it was beneficial
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Mar 06, 2006
This seems like a useful site, but let me know if it is a lousy one.

King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur'an

http://www.qurancomplex.com
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Mar 06, 2006
Is Koran available in english newhere...
Dont laugh if you think the question is too stupid....just answer
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Mar 07, 2006
cadmus wrote:Is Koran available in english newhere...
Dont laugh if you think the question is too stupid....just answer


I have CD , I did see pdf..it depends on who is translating
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kanelli wrote:This seems like a useful site, but let me know if it is a lousy one.

King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur'an

http://www.qurancomplex.com


Cadmus, you can buy and English version of the Quran in some bookstores, but also the the link above has English translations.
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Thanks Kanelli,i generally dont prefer reading ebooks....hard covers are better...i will try for it in bookstores here...guess magrudy's will have it.
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QR'AN... Mar 12, 2006
I CAN SEND YOU ONE cadmus...
I CAND SEND YOU A TRANSLATED QUR'AN TO WHATEVER LANGUAGE YOU NEED... THERE IS A BOOKSTORE THAT SELLS QUR'AN TRANSLATED TO MORE THAN 70 LANGUAGES...
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