‘Halala’ marriage

by Lizzie Schofield The BBC recently published a report on the controversial practice of Halala marriage. Halala marriage is a temporary marriage (which must be consummated) for the purpose of enabling a divorced woman to be reconciled with her husband. Farah, a woman considering Halala marriage, told of women who “…went to the mosque, there was […]

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Understanding the Westminster Attack

At two-forty on 22nd March 2017, a 52 year old British-born man, Khalid Masood drove at high speed over Westminster Bridge, killing three and injuring up to fifty, before breaking outside the gates of the Parliament and forcing his way into the grounds. He repeatedly stabbed one of the two duty policemen who challenged him […]

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Nike’s hijab – not very sporting

by Lizzie Schofield What is International Women’s Day all about? To celebrate women and to bring to the world’s attention wherever they are oppressed or treated unequally because of their gender, surely? What is the hijab all about? It’s an outward reminder of female oppression by a religion that subjugates women in almost every area […]

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Islamophobia vs. Islamocriticism

by Lizzie Schofield Canada: land of maple syrup and floppy-haired young Prime Ministers, bastion of free speech and liberal values, and epicentre of the latest storm over the term ‘Islamophobia.’ In December 2016 Canadian Liberal MP Iqra Khalid proposed a motion (M-103) that “the government should recognise the need to quell the increasing public climate […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Islamabad!

by Lizzie Schofield Don’t you love 14th February? The cheesy commercialism, the overpriced meals, the vast teddy bears exchanged by teenagers and re-patriated to the charity shop by the end of the week? I know, I’m such a romantic! In my house, you might get a homemade card and a nice gesture, like taking the […]

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When beliefs are like handbags

by Lizzie Schofield When is a belief like a handbag? When you change it to suit your political mood. Welcome to the ideological accessories drawer of Madeleine Albright, who tweeted this on Wednesday: Catholic, Episcopalian, Jewish – her background sounds fascinating. But she’d discard all that spiritual heritage all to register as Muslim? I feel […]

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Why it matters when the Qur’an is read in church

by Lizzie Schofield On 6th January 2017, St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow invited a young Muslim woman, Madinah Javed, to read the Qur’an (Sura 19:16-33) as part of their Epiphany service. Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali was quick to release a statement condemning the event, and many people (like Ian Paul and Andrew Bieszad) have blogged about […]

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Happy New Year from Pfander!

by Lizzie Schofield Happy New Year Everyone! And if you’re an Orthodox Christian, a belated Merry Christmas! I’m ambivalent about New Year’s Resolutions, mainly because a) Jesus says to beware of over-promising and under-delivering (Matt 5:37) and b) I’m naturally grumpy about slightly pointless seasonal markers. (Take Valentine’s Day. Why? I’ll buy my husband some […]

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Out of Islam: Sadegh’s story

by Lizzie Schofield In November I was at an evangelism conference when I found myself sitting next to a very friendly Iranian man, arms covered in ‘John 3:16’ bracelets. I asked what brought him to London? He told me his extraordinary testimony of coming out of Islam to faith in Christ, and that I was […]

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Christmas market, broken world

by Lizzie Schofield Today we remember all the victims of terrorism around the world. We remember their loved ones. We mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15.) We remember those who lost their lives in Berlin on Monday, and the 26 people killed in the St Peter and St Paul Chapel in Cairo, eight days […]

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