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Is ISIS Islamic or Not? It Doesn’t Matter!

Article originally appeared in The Islamic Monthly  Muslims around the world have exerted countless efforts and continue to vehemently assert that actions carried out by extremist groups such as the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS), have nothing to do with Islam. However, despite an official letter signed by some 126 Muslim…

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ISIS & the Academic Veil for Islamophobia

Article originally appeared in Middle East Eye In a recent article for The Atlantic, Graeme Wood takes great pains and goes to considerable lengths in explaining what the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS), as an organisation really wants. In summary, Wood’s position is that a proper understanding of ISIS…

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Secret History

In his book Knowledge and the Sacred, Seyyed Hossein Nasr has a blank page before the preface that only has the following lines written on it: يا مريم عليك السلام                بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Ya Maryam ‘alayki’l-salām Bismi’Llāh al-rahmān al-rahīm While the second part was not especially out of the ordinary…

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Abdullah Alkadi: A Freed Soul

(UPDATE at the end) Abdullah Alkadi, a California State University Northridge student went missing on Wednesday, September 17th after selling his car on Craigslist. His mother posted on Reddit a desperate plea for people to find him, explaining he had just graduated from CSUN and was selling his car in preparation to come back. A month…

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How I Fell Into ISIS’ Extremism

Sometimes, when one is faced with an intense form of extremism, they can fall for an opposite form of extremism that is different in type, but similar in kind. This is why evil is evil. It is not just about it as a specific act. It is that it can push one to do and…

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The Noble American

The following is a translation of an August 22, 2014 article written by Majed Abdul Hadi for Al Arabi Al Jadeed (The New Arab) about the barbaric murder of American journalist James Foley. Majed Abdul Hadi is a Palestinian journalist and writer living in Qatar and working for Al Jazeera. I decided to translate this instead…

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Hamas: Resistance, Terrorism, & Anti-Semitic Charters

Ever since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, a number of myths in the Zionist propaganda have been exposed one after another. At first analysts were tackling one or two myths at a time. Then came articles refuting five Israeli talking points on Gaza, including the claim that Hamas provoked Israel by firing their rockets, that…

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Israel’s Gaza Politics of Death

“Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defines, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armour, no command in control, no army and it calls it a war. It…