On Prophethood and Morality.

The Qur'an can narrate a story without necessarily approving of the events that transpired. I want to point this out, because it has an important impact on exegesis. Prophet Ibrahim Firstly, note the Abraham story, which begins around verse 37:100. The traditional narration is that Ibrahim saw a vision of him sacrificing his son. The... Continue Reading →


On Sincerity.

It is possible for an evil person to be sincere. I've seen and read much more ISIS propaganda than I would ever have anticipated reading or wanted to read, and what terrifies me most is that above everything else they are sincere. They truly believe that what they say and do is for the good of... Continue Reading →


Al Rihla = A quest, a journey Ibn Al-Sabil = someone on a journey; lit. "son of the path" Binti Al-Sabil = a term I made up; a girl on a journey Salsabil = made up of two words: (1) to ask, to inquire about--sal; (2) path, way--sabil; (3) easy, sweet, flowing [as of water]--salsala...as... Continue Reading →

Addressing Some Common Misconceptions: Women

Originally, I planned to dedicate several blog posts to each of these topics. However, it gets extremely monotonous to repeat points that have been asserted by multiple modern Quran-based exegetes, so I thought it would be a good idea simply to provide some resources on the following misconceptions/mistranslations of the Quran. The Quran, first and... Continue Reading →

Scandals, and What They Convey About Us

Recently, the Muslim community has had some problems involving Nouman Ali Khan and Tariq Ramadan. (This is a major understatement.) NAK has been in questionable correspondence with certain women, and TR has flat-out been committing rape. I will refrain from discussing NAK excessively because he has seven children and an ex-wife and they do not... Continue Reading →

Anonymity, Jannah, and Random Musings

Niqab is most definitely not religious obligation, and actually contradicts the Qur'an on multiple counts. Regardless, I can see the appeal of the garment. There is a certain vision of empowerment in veiling oneself, masking oneself--myself--rendering myself anonymous, away from prying eyes. I can see the advantage of a niqab at the Delhi subway station, where I have... Continue Reading →

Method of Address, Part II

Taken from an anonymous commentator on Orbala's previous blog, Islam and Gender: "When it's obvious that men specifically are being addressed in the Qur'an, it's almost always as a commandment, or a lesson, that goes counter to the popular practice of the time -- like in your example. It's trying to teach men lessons that... Continue Reading →


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