Islam

Scientist Responds to “The Difference Between Proof and Evidence” – Part 2

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I previously posted a discussion I was having with a physicist friend of mine. You can catch up here. What follows is the continuation of that discussion. Continue Reading

Bible Verses That Condemn Drinking

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I recently wrote a post about how the medieval church considered drinking to the point of drunkness to fall under the deadly sin of gluttony. Continue Reading

Scientist Responds to “The Difference Between Proof and Evidence”

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A friend of mine sent my third post in the proof for the existence of God series to a mutual friend who is a PhD student in physics. Let’s call him Muhammad. He made a comment in response: Continue Reading

Jonathan Brown Does it Again

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Jonathan Brown has written an excellent article on the issue of suicide bombing in Islam and the popular American perception. Very valuable read. Check it out here, inshaAllah: Continue Reading

How To Know God Exists (Existence of God Part 1)

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Before we can answer the question “how can I know that God exists?” we must first ask the question “how do I know anything at all.” Or perhaps more appropriately, since God is not a “thing,” we should ask “how do I come to know?”  As we shall see, all knowledge is ultimately grounded in what is unfortunately called “intuition” in English, but which is more appropriately called “immediate knowledge” or “knowledge by presence” in Islamic philosophy. Continue Reading

“You” Are Not Your Rational Mind

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Previously, I had explained why the best translation for the Arabic term aql is consciousness. I also detailed the change in the meaning of the Latin term intellectus to its modern English connotation of being solely related to the rational mind. I am assuming you understand this and I will be using the words consciousness, aql, and intellect (in it’s Latin sense) interchangeably throughout all my future posts.. Continue Reading

The Aql Is Not Reason – It’s Consciousness

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One of the greatest tragedies befalling the mimbar today is an egregious mistranslation of the Arabic term العقل (al-aql). It is usually translated as “reason,” the devastating ramifications of which cannot be overstated. This (mis)translation is literally undercutting the foundation of all Islamic spirituality. Continue Reading

A Sunnah A Day Keeps the Devil Away

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One of the important realizations of my life in recent times is that true knowledge has almost nothing to do with conceptual knowledge. Even the affirmation of the kalimah with words is ultimately of secondary importance; what is important is that the recognition of Allah in the heart. Continue Reading

How to Escape Being Buried in Your Sins

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Most of you reading this do not realize something of fundamental importance: your heart is buried beneath your sins. Some of you do realize this, and have come in hopes of escaping the grave which you have dug yourself into. Continue Reading