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Why Rudolf Hoess Is Ruining My Theological Life

Although I am not Catholic, I agree with the points you brought up in this post. I too would be curious to know what would have ended up of his remorse because he only returned to the Catholic church on April 10th 1947 and was executed on April 16th of the same year, meaning he only really had six days to repent. Had he not been executed so soon afterwards the true depth of his remorse would’ve been apparent in light of the final words he wrote in his autobiography, “The broad mass of people will never understand that he also had a heart, that the wasn’t evil,” but I highly recommend the book “And Your Conscience Never Haunted You?” by a priest named Manfred Deselaers, you can get it straight from the Auschwitz museum website. It’s also noteworthy to mention that Rudolf’s grandson Rainer Hoess does much public speaking preaching tolerance so something like the Holocaust never happens again.

Inspire to Conspire

Currently I am taking a survey class on the Holocaust (or, more aptly referred to as the Shoah). In preparation for our first test, I was studying the lives of Nazi leaders more in depth as I tried to sort them all out, a practice which felt

Studying Nazi leaders

very strange. It was as if I were reducing the lives of people who killed the families of my Jewish friends into mere flashcards so I could make a decent grade. I digress, but as I was researching these Nazi leaders, I came across some interesting information on Rudolf Hoess, the commandant of Auschwitz.

Hoess was raised in a strict Catholic home and his father wanted him to become a priest. Hoess was against this, and began pulling away from the church. He formally left the Roman Catholic Church in 1922, the same year that he joined the Nazi Party…

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Is it permissible for woman to read the Quran while experiencing the menstrual cycle (hayd)?

This is an interesting post with many different opinions. From the Shia side of things though, Ayatollah Sistani said that there’s no problem in a menstruating woman to read or even hold the Quran to the exception of touching the verses relating to mandatory Sajdas, however I’ve also noticed that the text of the Quran itself never actually prohibits any of this.

The IslamicText Institute

quranMenstruation (hayd) is healthy and natural

Menstruation is indicative of a healthy woman. It is a completely natural process and is not considered as something dirty. However, it has the legal consequence of barring woman from performing the prescribed prayers as well as other types of worship while permitting her to partake in others.

The definition of hayd

Hayd linguistically means “to flow”. According to the shari’ah, hayd refers to the flow of blood from a given place at a known times. It is also defined as blood that comes from the uterus in a specific manner at specific times.

The period or length of hayd

According to Imam Ash-Shafi’i the least amount of hayd is 24 hours and the maximum is 15 days. The usual is between 6 and 7 days. This he (may Allah be pleased with him) deduced via interviewing woman and conducting a survey…

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Gender Segregation and Free Mixing: Where is the Equity in Reality?

Dear sis, I fully support you in this ❤ I also want to thank you for writing passionately about this so honestly because too many people suffer as a result of not standing up to this.

Margari Aziza

My public presence is minimally disruptive, well that’s because I hardly ever go out. But when I do, I dress conservatively and go to most places that women are free to go. In Kuwait, I’m witnessing how gender segregation work in everyday life. There are prayer rooms for women in schools, in malls and stores, in parks, and restaurants. Even though I haven’t yet enjoyed the women centered amenities, I’ve heard that there are separate beaches, and tons of facilities for women like gyms and swimming pools and social clubs. There are many places where men are not allowed to go. I’ve seen gender segregation at Kuwait University and gender segregation in banks (yes a whole separate office space for women). Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to equate gender segregation with Jim Crow. Our fountains are just as nice, as well as our bathrooms. We don’t sit in…

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It’s Time to End Gender Segregation in Mosques

Brother Mast Qalander’s blog is truly thought-provoking and inspiring for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. I absolutely loved this post and was very saddened by all the hate that it got in the comments. I also want to thank him for writing this and caring about these issues, too many people simply disregard them. Please take a moment to read this and seriously contemplate it! ❤

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Albanian Muslims that Sheltered Jews in WWII

This is a great story, thank you for sharing!

Ify Okoye

cropped-exhibit-1In November, I went to exhibit by the photographer Norman Gershman, which told the little known story of Albanian Muslims that had aided and sheltered Albanian Jews and Jews from neighboring European countries during the Second World War. Albanians from top government and religious leaders down to the ordinary citizen felt a double responsibility to protect the Jews from Nazi aggression through their belief in Islam combined with their social code called Besa.

From the introduction to the exhibit:cropped-albanian-hijabi

“Albania, a European country with a Muslim majority, succeeded where other European nations failed. Almost all Jews living within Albanian borders during the German occupation– those of Albanian origin and refugees alike– were saved. Following the German occupation in 1943, the Albanian population, in an extraordinary act, refused to comply with the occupier’s orders to tun over lists of Jews residing within the country’s borders. Moreover, various governmental agencies provided many…

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The Hypocrisy of Gender Segregation at Mosques – but not during interfaith events

Thank you for writing so passionately about this! Like you, I find it very hypocritical that this gender segregation stuff is only practices *sometimes* and that there wasn’t actually this kind of legalistic nonsense at the time of the prophet. After some research it turns out that there are many who feel this way but the struggle for equality still seems to be so far away….

Freedom from the Forbidden

Yesterday, Kashmala, my six-year-old niece, called me to give me two sets of news: “great news and great, great, great, GREAT news.” The great news was ❤ and the great, great, great, GREAT news was ❤ ❤ ❤ times much more. She was so excited to say: “I went to a mosque, and there was no wall there! Everyone was in one big room!” She’s six years old, Muslims. If a child knows something’s wrong with the space that women have in most other mosques, you know you’ve got a huge problem to work on decades ago.

I sometimes just don’t get us Muslims, period. I don’t get our inconsistencies. I don’t get our hypocrisies. When it’s just us Muslims, we’re one way; when non-Muslims join us or they’re around, we’re something else.

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Morocco’s High Religious Committee Says Apostates Should Not Be Killed

It always seemed crazy to me that on one hand people said that there is no compulsion in religion and then turn around and say to kill the apostates! I’m glad to see that people are coming to their senses and taking scripture into their proper context. 🙂

The Muslim Times

Ezzoubeir Jabrane
Morocco’s High Religious Committee Says Apostates Should Not Be Killed

CasablancaMorocco’s High Religious  Committee has retracted its Islamic ruling stating that apostasy is punishable by death and has decided to permit Muslims to change their religion.

The High Religious Committee in charge of issuing Fatwas (Islamic rulings) released a book in 2012 where it articulated its position on apostasy and argued that a Muslim who changes his or her religion should be punished with death, drawing on a widespread jurisprudence tradition.

Recently, however, the same entity issued a document titled “The Way of the Scholars,” in which it backtracked on its position of killing apostates. Instead, it redefined apostasy not as a religious issue but as a political stand more closely aligned with “high treason.”

The view that the apostate should not be killed in Islam is not a new one and can be found in the teachings…

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Latest Developments in this Circus

Hours after a federal judge blocked a key component of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries, the White House is backtracking on the order’s applicability to legal permanent residents of the U.S. “As far as green card holders moving forward, it doesn’t affect them,” White House Chief of…

via White House Says Green Card Holders Won’t be Subject to Immigration Order After All — TIME

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Ibn ‘Ashur’s Discussion of the Hadith Cursing Women Who Wear Wigs, Tattoos, Etc.

Interesting article! I’m a Shia so tattoos are not prohibited but it’s still nice to see a fresh view on this debate!


Bismillah.  Many people think that tattoos are absolutely prohibited (haram) in Islam due to a particular hadith. The following discussion from Ibn ‘Ashur shows that this is not the case.

Ibn ‘Ashur’s Discussion of the Hadith Cursing Women Who Wear Wigs, Tattoos, Etc.


Translation: Usama Hasan, 25/07/2016


(1) al-Tahrir wa al-Tanwir

وليس من تغيير خلق الله التصرّف في المخلوقات بما أذن الله فيه ولا ما يدخل في معنى الحسن؛ فإنّ الختان من تغيير خلق الله ولكنّه لفوائد صحيّة، وكذلك حَلق الشعر لفائدة دفع بعض الأضرار، وتقليمُ الأظفار لفائدة تيسير العمل بالأيدي، وكذلك ثقب الآذان للنساء لوضع الأقراط والتزيّن، وأمّا ما ورد في السنّة من لعن الواصلات والمتنمّصات والمتفلّجات للحسن فممّا أشكل تأويله. وأحسب تأويله أنّ الغرض منه النهي عن سمات كانت تعدّ من سمات العواهر في ذلك العهد، أو من سمات المشركات، وإلاّ فلو فرضنا هذه مَنهيّاً عنها لَما بلغ النهي إلى حدّ لَعن فاعلات ذلك. وملاك الأمر أن…

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