Translations of the Quran

They aren't actually translations. Many 'translations' of the Qur'an are not translations at all. Even the most commonly used and cited 'translations,' such as Abdullah Yusuf Ali's, are replete with grammatical and conceptual errors, conflated with the individual scholars' personal opinions--but a few are actual propaganda, subsidized, marketed, and propagated by foreign governments. A contemporary scholar of... Continue Reading →

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Quran, Hadith, Fiqh: Methodology and History

The Quran describes itself as fully detailed, coherent, and free of contradictions. It is humans, we could argue--fallible men--who introduce confusion and obscure its message. Indeed, this is what has happened over the last millennium: The Quran's message of peace, justice, and respect has been all but lost to the ages. The History of Misunderstanding... Continue Reading →

Daraba

Linguistics Daraba, from triliteral root ض ر ب (daad-raa-ba), occurs about 58 times in the Qur'an. Its most common usage in the Qur'an is to "set forth/put forward/cite/point out an example/parable, a case in point." Concordance Index In Lane's Lexicon, its definitions span 7 full pages of text. In Taj Al-Arus, its definitions span 18 pages.... Continue Reading →

Some Things About Me: 2017

I've been asked to do this. Specifically, people have requested to know what on earth a 14-year-old girl thinks she's doing writing Qur'anic exegesis. Firstly: Yes, I am 14, and I am not making this up. I have been researching Islam since I was 11. I think it began when I started learning translation with... Continue Reading →

The Erasure of “Jahiliyah” and its Relevance Today

In traditional circles, the time period before the advent of Islam is known as Jahiliyah, which means "The Age of Ignorance." According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica: "In Arabic the word [Jahiliyah] means 'ignorance,' or 'barbarism,' and indicates a negative Muslim evaluation of pre-Islamic life and culture in Arabia as compared to the teachings and practices of Islam."... Continue Reading →

Musings on Fitrah

"Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true" -Thomas Paine [Credit: This Facebook post by Joseph A. Islam] I believe that all human beings are endowed with an innate sense of morality. This is confirmed in Surah Shams of the Quran. In Arabic, we... Continue Reading →

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