Day 21: Kashmiri Muslims

Day 21: Kashmiri Muslims

The Kashmiri people live in an interesting place geographically, with Muslim Pakistan to the west, Hindu India to the south and Buddhist Tibet to the east. All three religions have influenced Kashmir, and even today it contains one of the holiest places of pilgrimage...

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Day 20: Muslims in Taiwan

Day 20: Muslims in Taiwan

There are over 350,000 Muslims in Taiwan, and most of them are migrant workers from Indonesia. The majority are laborers, fishermen, maids, and nurses, though some are there as students or are spouses of Taiwanese citizens.  Many employers respect their Muslim...

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Day 19: Iran’s House Church Movement

Day 19: Iran’s House Church Movement

Mahnaz nervously rings the apartment door bell. As she’s quickly ushered in she sees a few well-worn Bibles and smiles on six familiar faces: She’s in the right place. This small Christian fellowship of new believers meets in a different home each week as part of...

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Day 18: The Islamic Revolution in Iran

Day 18: The Islamic Revolution in Iran

The year 1979 was significant for Iran and the entire Muslim world. Widespread social injustices, exiled leaders, Western-oriented politics and religious influences led to a revolt. The Persian monarchy was replaced by an Islamic Republic. The famous Ayatollah...

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Day 17: Progressive Muslims

Day 17: Progressive Muslims

Tariq grew up in a religious Muslim family, regularly attending mosque with his family in a traditional Muslim community.  But Tariq began to challenge those traditions as he grew older. Engaged in a global business with a diverse group of friends, Tariq began to...

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Day 16: Deoband Madrasa Movement

Day 16: Deoband Madrasa Movement

Islamic seminaries, or madrasas, are places where Muslims study to become mosque leaders or generally learn more about Islam. The Deoband madrasa movement is equipping new leaders across the globe. Deobandis are Sunni; they don’t necessarily see themselves as a...

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Day 15: The Muslim Brotherhood

Day 15: The Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood is considered one of the oldest and most influential modern Islamic movements. Founded in 1928 by an Egyptian schoolteacher, the group sees Islam as a means for personal and social improvement and is widely involved in charitable works.  The...

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Can the Church Be Locked Down?

Can the Church Be Locked Down?

A few weeks ago in Nepal, Joel, BEYOND’s Tibetan/Himalayan field leader, and his national team were training foreign workers in a local church on how to start Disciple-Making Movements among Unreached people groups. Part of the training presents a method for house...

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Day 14: Muslims of Uttar Pradesh, India

Day 14: Muslims of Uttar Pradesh, India

Although India’s Muslim population exceeds 180 million, they remain a minority, making up only 15 percent of India’s population of 1.3 billion. Of these 180 million, an estimated 85 percent are Sunni Muslims; nearly 40 million of these live in Uttar Pradesh, India’s...

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Day 13: Nation of Islam

Day 13: Nation of Islam

Islam was brought to the USA by African Muslim slaves. It remained there, hidden and quiet, until it began to re-emerge at the beginning of the 20th century.  The Nation of Islam (NOI) is an Islamic political and religious movement that was founded in Detroit, USA, in...

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Day 12: Heavenly Ornaments

Day 12: Heavenly Ornaments

‘It’s the most famous book, such an important book, written especially for women.’ I’d asked Zahra if she knew the book Heavenly Ornaments. She was incredulous: of course she did! She told me how her aunt would regularly gather the women in her Muslim neighborhood to...

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Day 11: The Empowerment of Women in Saudi Arabia

Day 11: The Empowerment of Women in Saudi Arabia

On an ordinary day in June 2017, in a restaurant in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, everything was about to change. Suddenly, phones starting beeping and ringing. We read, in disbelief, the messages that were streaming in. Shrieks of celebration drowned out conversation....

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