Muslim and Adoption

by Michele Fried Years ago I sat across a couple describing their desire to become parents and the losses they experienced in their attempt to have a child biologically. I watched as slowly the husband moved his hand to touch the hand of his wife while she tried to hold back tears. I remember being so caught up with this small compassionate gesture and became choked up. It isn’t hard to be touched by the simple loving gestures between family members, but in this case it surprised me because the wife was wearing a burqa (the enveloping outer garment worn by some in the Islamic tradition.) For religious Muslims, public

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Adoption and Religion: You don’t have to be a believer to deepen our understanding of family

by Michele Fried Many people don’t know this but I minored in the philosophy of religions and continue to be fascinated by the differences yet incredible similarities within many religions. What I am most fascinated about is that "adoption" has deep roots within religion. As an example, I have outlined different religious perspectives regarding the topic of adoption. As someone who is currently unaffiliated with a church or synagogue or mosque, I am hoping you won’t mind the "academic discussion" of how various religions have taught us about adoption. In Christianity, we become, by adoption, children of God. The lineage of Jesus is fulfilled through Joseph. Joseph is fully and

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