These perspectives and resulting practices differ partly because of the diversity within the Muslim community in geography, ethnicity, culture, and age.There are about 50 countries in the world today with a majority Muslim population, each having its own distinct history and culture (or multiplicity of cultures).Several languages are spoken on the territories of the 22 countries, such as, for example, Darija – a language spoken in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia which, while sharing certain similarities with Arabic, is ultimately its own thing. While some countries have more religious diversity than others, it is important to note that it certainly exists within the Arab World. In addition, in certain regions certain freedoms have been stripped from the people (such as free speech and religious freedom), which does lead to very easy radicalization.Lebanon, for example, has a huge Christian population. To be an Arab is not bound to race or religion – as I stated above, many Christians, as well as Jews, identify as Arabs. I suppose that, at least on a certain level, Arabs aren’t that different from Americans – they are both huge congregations of people of various creeds and backgrounds who have been brought together by their culture. But unlike what you hear on the news, things are getting better! In recent polls, 75% of the citizens of the Arab World agree with more Western points of view and condemn the actions of terrorists.At one point I even considered making a dart board with topics and just throwing a dart at it to see where it lands!But I figured that, for people who aren’t familiar with this culture at all, just starting off with a random topic would be a bit confusing. Just because a lot of the countries in the Arab world don’t have the word “Arab” in their names, that doesn’t mean they’re not part of it!Image damo199 via Flickr When my grandparents and parents got married, arranged marriages in Morocco were still very much the norm, but as the modern age is slowly rendering many religious and cultural traditions somewhat archaic and as Arabic culture starts to assimilate many aspects of Western culture, arranged marriages are slowly becoming obsolete. However, it is shunned upon by elders in the family, so usually if you are dating, it is kept a secret until the eligible bachelor has asked your parents for your hand, and the blessing is given.
I thought for quite a while about what I wanted the first article published on this site to be, and I zig-zagged between a variety of topics in the process of deciding.
This was the person that you would marry, get along with, have a family and to whom you would remain faithful for the rest of your life.
Indeed, it could be said that this method of finding love saves a lot of time, effort and heartache.
The following are answers to some of the most common questions that ING and its affiliates across the country have encountered in that time.
While many of the answers address issues like the creed that are well established because of a clear citation in the Qur’an or hadith (prophetic sayings)—such as the six major beliefs or the five pillars—others focus on areas that are more open to interpretation.