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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…

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Politicizing Islam

*Long read “All that makes existence valuable to anyone depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people.” – John Stuart Mill, On Liberty According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word fetish is a noun describing an object believed to have magical power to protect or aid its owner. It is broadly defined as a…

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In the Name of Religion or Politics?

More than a few people got upset with what I had to say regarding the alleged “Jihad” in Syria and my description of the different groups using Islam for their political ends as criminals. It’s amazing how fast people will turn on you when they discover that you’re not exactly falling in line with their…