Islam

Quick Rejoinders to Atheist One Liners

If God created everything, who created God?

–> If I’m driving a car, who is driving me?

We’re all atheists about 10’s of thousands of gods out there. Atheists just take it one god further. Continue Reading

Why “Christians were violent too!” Is a Bad Argument

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I constantly see this argument that Leftists (and consequently their Muslim acolytes who seek protection in their masters’ arms) like to use. It goes something like this: Oh, you’re going to quote the Quran and say that Muslims are all violent? Well guess what? Christianity was violent too! Look at the Crusades! Look at the Inquisition! Look at all these horrible persecutions of minorities that Christians have done over the centuries! Thus we cannot judge Muslims to be violent just because of what their scripture says. There are multiple interpretations!

The reason why this is a bad argument is twofold. First of all, and the more important of which, it feeds into this narrative that religion is evil and violent. “Religion is the cause of violence” is a common New Atheist argument and all we’re doing is enforcing that (false) narrative. In fact, I frequently see people comment on articles that invoke this kind of argument something along the lines of “this is why all religions are evil/stupid. We shouldn’t persecute Muslims, but why would anyone believe in anything that stupid anyway.” Continue Reading

Review of Academic Access Episode “Wife Beating in Islam? with Dr. David Solomon Jalajel”

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A few weeks ago, I watched the following episode of Shoaib Malik‘s series Academic Access:

Summary:

The following summary was taken from Ustadh Mobeen Vaid‘s Facebook post on this subject: Continue Reading

How can I be confident in an afterlife, even though it seems unlikely?

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This is my latest video. In this episode we discuss the following questions:

How can I be confident in an afterlife, even though it seems unlikely? Continue Reading

7 Academic Access with Shoaib Malik Episodes Worth Watching

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I have recently went on a binge of Shoaib Malik‘s series “Academic Access” (sometimes converting them into mp3’s and listening to them while driving, working out or doing other tasks). While I have not listened to every episode, I’ve listened to quite a few. The episodes are generally good, but, like with everything else, there are hits and misses and so there were some episodes that I considered to be much better than others. What I’d like to share here are 7 episodes that I found to be worth the listen. Continue Reading

How to Never Get Tired of Learning

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We’ve all heard the following narration, attributed to the Prophet of Islam (s):

اطلبوا العلم من المهد إلى اللحد
Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. Continue Reading

A Daily Checklist Based on the Prophet’s Ramadan Sermon

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I recently went over some versions of the Prophet’s khutbah welcoming the month of Ramadhan. In it, he (s) mentions various advices and commands for the believers to take note of during this month. However, it is hard to keep track of them, so I’ve compiled them into a numbered checklist. I will be trying, inshaAllah, to review this checklist daily and try to tick off as many boxes as I can so that this month will be as blessed as possible. Please comment below if you will be joining me on this journey so that we can keep each other accountable. If you have not read the full sermon before, please do before viewing the summary below, as the Prophet (s) mentions important details not mentioned here for brevity’s sake. Continue Reading

Let’s Be Honest about the ComicSkeptic vs Saboor Ahmed Debate

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  يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُونُوا قَوَّامِينَ بِالْقِسْطِ شُهَدَاءَ لِلَّهِ وَلَوْ عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَوِ الْوَالِدَيْنِ وَالْأَقْرَبِينَ ۚ إِن يَكُنْ غَنِيًّا أَوْ فَقِيرًا فَاللَّهُ أَوْلَىٰ بِهِمَا ۖ فَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا الْهَوَىٰ أَن تَعْدِلُوا ۚ وَإِن تَلْوُوا أَوْ تُعْرِضُوا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرًا – 4:135 Continue Reading

The “Atheists Are More Moral” Argument

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I’ve often heard the argument that atheists are more moral; indeed the only ones who are truly moral. Why you make ask? Well, because religious believers only do good deeds for the sake of heaven or from fear of hell, or otherwise to get something from God, rather than doing good for goodness sake. Continue Reading

Is Theistic Evolution Compatible With Islam? An Analysis of the Philosophical Issues

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Recent controversy has emerged after Dr. Shadee Elmasry criticized Dr. Mohamed Ghilan’s “leanings” towards the theory of evolution regarding the creation of Nabi Adam (as). Dr. Ghilan, however, views evolution as a process which Allah swt started and guides. Continue Reading