I think a number of you read Zakiah’s (ZSA_MD) blog, but if you don’t, I’d encourage you to stop by. Not only does she write beautiful poetry and share stories of her fascinating childhood in India, she speaks eloquently about her beliefs as a Muslim.
Most of my Muslim friends are not very devout, so I rarely get to hear them talk about their beliefs and how their beliefs measure up against the way they are represented in the western media.
Recently, Zakiah gave a speech in the community where she spent her career as a doctor, and in it she talks about the misconceptions surrounding Islam and, particularly, the term “jihad”.
I encourage you to stop by and read excerpts of that speech which is included in her entry here.