Splitting Hairs: Muslim vs. 'Muslim Born'

A number of "firsts" for the same act in the Muslim faith raises questions about who qualifies as Muslim.

Amina Wadud embraces fellow Muslims.

There's an elephant in the room. The Independent reported that Canadian Raheel Raza was the first Muslim-born woman to preside over Friday prayers in the U.K. The problem is that Amina Wadud, a U.S. professor, had already done so before in 2008. Raza is Muslim-born, while Wadud is an African-American Muslim convert. This raised a question about who qualifies as Muslim. is Raza more Muslim because she was born Muslim than someone who converts? Some say yes. Some say no. What say you?

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