In a recent discussion with a friend, we were discussing whether knowledge in the Quran was something that in principle is equally accessible to all, or whether it is in principle graduated (i.e. there are levels to knowledge which only chosen people can reach.) Of course, we all recognize that there are obstacles to gaining knowledge, but are these obstacles merely accidental – i.e. not finding the time to study Arabic full time, or is there something more essential going on?Continue Reading
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
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
As I’m sure you’re all aware, Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire with a private pedophile island has died while in prison. The official story would have us believe that one of the most powerful men in the world, who regularly rubbed shoulders with the levers of power internationally – inviting them over to his pedophile island – happened to commit suicide while on suicide watch and the camera watching his cell “malfunctioned.” Yup, that’s the grand story rolled out to us all.Continue Reading
Here is an excellent lecture by Dr. Jonathan Brown on the subject of the abolition of slavery. It is a forerunner to his upcoming book Slavery and Islam which will be released on August 23, 2019. I have already preordered the book and intended on doing a full-length book review, inshaAllah.Continue Reading
Recently, Dr. Jonathan Brown, an associate professor at Georgetown University and popular Muslim intellectual, announced that he would no longer participate in any Muslim program or conference where the organizers have not made “exhaustive, good faith efforts to include women” on panels and among speakers.
We must acknowledge Dr. Brown’s contributions and willingness to tackle difficult questions. He has addressed issues that are especially challenging in today’s liberal milieu – from the age of ʿĀʾisha, to the infamous wife-beating verse, to the “spread by the sword” thesis. Given some of his traditionalist stances, a simplistic analysis of Dr. Brown would not be in good faith. Additionally, he was nuanced in his demand – he did not condemn “manels” outright, and he clarified that female speakers should be in line with the ideological leanings of organizers. He made aware that some seemingly “valid calls” for events to include women are really just subversive efforts by ideologues to “include participants whose views are marginal, heretical or outside the bounds of Islam altogether.”
Dr. Brown justifies his position by saying that “practicing, committed and qualified Muslim woman scholars (sic)” feel “excluded and alienated”, and thus something must be done. Others may argue that including women on panels would be a good feature of Islamic daʾwa, and thus a bidʾa ḥasana.
This issue raises a few concerns that need discussion.
A detractor recently left a comment on my most recent video (above). In that video, I argued that Zizek’s statement that “if God exists, everything is permitted” is false. My detractor argued as follows:Continue Reading
By the graces of God I have been blessed with the opportunity to start a youtube channel.
Some of my essays on my blog are a little heavy so I’ve decided to make a youtube channel to accompany my blog, where I can explain difficult concepts with pictures. I plan to make some shorter videos with my thoughts on various subjects as well, inshaAllah.Continue Reading
The following is a conversation I had with a convert friend of mine in April, 2016. I thought it would be of general benefit to my readers. I have done some very light editing but otherwise left the conversation as it is. My friend’s name has been changed to protect his anonymity. See Part 1 and Part 2.Continue Reading