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Religion and Religiosity: An Ailment or Medicine?!

  The following is a translation of an Arabic article written by Dr. Ahmed Al Raissouni and published in December 1, 2014 on his official website. Originally from Morocco, Dr. Al Raissouni is a Maliki jurist having attained his undergraduate degree in Sharia from the University of Al Qarawiyyin in 1978, a Masters degree in the Higher Objectives of Sharia from Muhammad V University in…

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Sunnis and Shias: Between Engagement & Disconnection

    The following is a translation of an Arabic article written by Muhammad ibn Al Mokhtar Al Shinqiti and published in April 1, 2014 on Al Jazeera’s website. Originally from Mauritania, Al Shinqiti is currently a professor of political science, history of religion, and Islamic ethics at Qatar Foundation. From among the worst fruits of sectarian fanaticism is…

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Truth: Between Conviction & Delusion

This article appeared originally in Al Madina Institute’s Blog In his autobiography Deliverance from Error (Al-Munqidh Min Adh-Dhalal), Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazālī explains how he dealt with his skepticism on the path to attaining certainty regarding what beliefs he adopted. He mastered the tenets of the major intellectual movements of his time and authored books in each,…

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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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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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Drama with Abu Eesa

“Set a limit to joking for it undermines chivalry and manliness.” – Sa’d b Waqqas International Women’s Day (IWD) is a day dedicated to the celebration of everything that is women. The earliest recorded observance was on May 3, 1908 and it has been held on different dates ever since. Nowadays, IWD is held on…

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Viewing Pornography

I wrote an article in the past outlining some of the ways viewing pornography could be altering one’s brain. The idea with that article was to appeal to the better sense of those who spend their time in this disgusting activity. It was an attempt to also provide some possible empirical explanations for why they…