Mustafa Akyol | Why Muslims keep fighting each other?

Feather Stone:  I hear people asking this question a lot. Perhaps this video can give you an understanding of this very complex issue.

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Writing Forbidden – My Awakening

When I began the first draft of my second novel, Forbidden, I was unprepared for a shocking journey. In 2011 when my research began, my ideas about Islam and Muslims fell pretty much in the same cloud of confusion and distrust as was prevalent among my friends. I now enjoy a greater clarity. In fact, it …

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Mustafa Akyol: Faith versus tradition in Islam

Journalist Mustafa Akyol talks about the way that some local cultural practices (such as wearing a headscarf) have become linked, in the popular mind, to the articles of faith of Islam. Has the world's general idea of the Islamic faith focused too much on tradition, and not enough on core beliefs?

Christians and Muslim, Both Devoted to God

Writing Forbidden required two years of research before I started the first sentence. I really fought the urge to write this story because, first and foremost, I knew nothing about Islam. And since the culture and beliefs are so important to Forbidden's story, I thought I would not do the story justice. For months I …

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Forbidden: Allah’s Wrath Versus Family Loyalty

Captain Sharif 's choice. Protect his family = his soul will be damned. Follow Allah = loss of family What ever your chosen religion or beliefs, have you had to make a decision that was in direct conflict with those 'rules'? What if your life depended upon stepping away from those sacred tenants. Could you sacrifice your …

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