Folk Islamic Ritual #6: Zikr and the 99 Names of Allah

One way that folk Muslims seek to interact with this spiritual realm is through protective amulets called tawiz. Another common practice is called zikr (Arabic dhikr), which often uses the 99 names of Allah.

Folk Islamic Ritual #3: Eid Milad-un-Nabi (Muhammad’s Birthday)

Islamic folk practices reveal the worldview of folk Muslims. Understanding the worldview of folk Muslims empowers us to make disciples among them. I want to begin this discussion with my first experience of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (also known as Mawlid). My wife and I had recently moved to South Asia and lived across the street fromContinue reading Folk Islamic Ritual #3: Eid Milad-un-Nabi (Muhammad’s Birthday)

Our Engaging South Asian Muslims E-Course is Live!

I want to share an exciting announcement! No Cousins Left has launched its first E-Course to train others in how to make disciples and plant churches among the almost 600 million Muslims of South Asia. This E-Course is self-paced, meaning that you can access each lesson at any time. This training consists of twelve lessons.Continue reading “Our Engaging South Asian Muslims E-Course is Live!”

Spiritual Warfare in Ephesians (Part 3 of 3)

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavens.” Ephesians 6:12 (NASB) This post is part three of three posts on Spiritual Warfare in Ephesians. Click here for Part one. Click here for partContinue reading “Spiritual Warfare in Ephesians (Part 3 of 3)”

“Casteism” in South Asian Islam

Today, I am reading Sayyid Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi’s short book, Muslims in India. Nadwi (1914-1999), often known as Ali Miyan, was a renowned Islamic scholar from Lucknow who wrote over fifty books. He was considered a key leader in the Deobandi and Tablighi Jamaat movements. As I read, I am amazed at some of theContinue reading ““Casteism” in South Asian Islam”