Welcome to the first ever Carnival of Islam in the West, a monthly carnival by Muslims largely for Muslims, though not exclusively so. As this is the first outing for this carnival, I will write a little about its history, aims and objectives before presenting the entries.
The Carnival of Islam in the West was the creation of Abu Sahajj, an American Muslim who blogs at Wa Salaam. He spent considerable time and effort promoting this carnival and has created a resource page for this carnival. May God reward his efforts and good intentions.
Aims and Objectives
This carnival is, in the first instance, an effort to allow Muslims in the West to express what life is like for Muslims living in the West. This carnival is meant to be a voice for Muslims in the West, a significant part of the greater ummah. Because not only do most Westerners not know what is really going on in the Middle East, but many do not know that there Muslims in the West. Entries from those who are not Muslims are also welcome.
In fact as we know there is a large and significant population of Muslims in the West. A population of educated and viable Muslims living and raising families on solid and healthy Islamic values in Western societies.
The carnival is a also great way to bring together Muslims and strengthen the ummah from every corner of the world whilst concentrating on the West. The aim is to grow from there, inshaallah.
The Carnival of Islam in the West I
Khalid Muhammad presents To what extent is the medieval Western preconception about Islam still prevalent today? posted at Old Man of the Mountain.
I present On Authority.
Haroon Moghul presents Some Thoughts on Why Religion is Superoir to Science posted at Avari.
News and Politics
Jon Swift presents Kidnapped Fox Newsmen Let Us Down By Not Dying and 10 Arabic Speakers Too Many in the State Department (satire).
Ali Eteraz presents What About the Moderates?
I present British Muslims must fight extremism.