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The First Level of Disappointment – The Religious Leader

When Religious Leaders Fail | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

 

(This article was reviewed by a licensed therapist)

 

The first level of disappointment is regarding the religious leader him/herself. Here are the aforementioned points that deal with this level:

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When Religious Leaders Fail

When Religious Leaders Fail | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

 

Sexual Harassment.  Marrying a second wife secretly for a temporary amount of time.  Pedophilia. Pornography. Adultery and its kin: Developing ‘back-up’ plan relationships while married. Embezzling funds.  Spiritual abuse and false religious justifications for harmful/ immoral behavior. Slander.
Then you see their names on flyers for Islamic events, and hear them speaking about modesty,

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The Relationship Between Sufism and Fiqh

We often hear questions about sufism and people using the term as if it is a bad word. This translation from Saʿīd Ḥawwā’s Tarbiyatunā al-Rūḥiyya is a good, short piece explaining the truth of the matter.

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How Not to Respond to the Cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

In the aftermath of the Paris shootings at the Charlie Hebdo offices the world is up in arms again about the concept of free speech, drawing cartoons degrading the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and the so-called battle between Islam and the modern world.

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Civil Society, Public Sphere, and the Fear of Muslims

America is suffering from a fear of Muslims. It is felt in everyday interactions at workplaces, when applying for jobs, when interacting with others in public places, in short, everywhere.
Often times the pervasiveness of this fear and misunderstanding can lead Muslims into a feeling of despair.

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Violent Extremism is a Socio-Political Problem  

It seems we are caught in an endless loop.

Political conflicts, violence, terrorist responses, condemnations, increased efforts in the War on Terror, violence, condemnations, etc.

In light of this I have heard some prominent figures state with confidence that the great struggle of our generation is violent religious extremism.