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For Syria Jihadists, or Criminals?

“Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.” Jean-Paul Sartre The first time Muslims were allowed to take arms and fight was after Prophet Muhammad ﷺ had migrated to Medina.It wasn’t a command to fight the disbelievers as many have misconstrued what Jihad is about. In fact,…

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The Story of Evolution

The controversial nature of evolutionary theory is a great example of what happens when one has no clear conception of their theology, science, or both in terms of their epistemology and what what one can learn from them. This is a very well-written introductory book on the evolutionary theory. Lyons did a great job at explaining…

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An Illusion of Intellectualism

For a book carrying the subtitle “Science and Religion in Islam,” one would reasonably expect the author to be well versed in three subjects: science, religion, and Islam. However, Taner Edis readily admits from the very beginning of “An Illusion of Harmony” that he’s no expert in Islam. He cites having grown in a Muslim…

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The Religion or Religious?

Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazzali said: “إن نصف الكفر في العالم يحمل وزره متدينون بغضوا الله إلى عباده” “Verily, the weight of half of disbelief in the world is carried by religious people who made God detestable to His servants.” God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens should be assigned reading for all those who wear…

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Antiprotips 1

Protips are commonly presented by various experts and professionals in different fields to those interested in participating or are still in the beginner stages of said fields. They’re helpful tips and general advices given to correct the approach to different tasks so they’re done correctly and in some cases made easier to perform.  Sometimes they’re…

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Yoked Muslims

“So long as an opinion is strongly rooted in the feelings, it gains rather than loses in stability by having a preponderating weight of argument against it.” – John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women On August 30, 2013, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) had their 50th annual convention in Washington D.C. As per usual…

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On Mockery

Our modern culture has embraced mockery of anything and everything to the extent that nothing is off limits as the idea of the Sacred has by and large been discarded. The elders, parents, teachers, religion, prophets, and even God Himself have all become regulars on comedy sketches on television and many comedy acts. Mockery has…

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Muslim Scholars & Politics

{They said, ‘Shu’ayb, does your prayer tell you that we should abandon what our forefathers worshipped and refrain from doing whatever we please with our own property? Indeed you are a tolerant and sensible man.’ He answered, ‘My people, can you not see? What if I am acting on clear evidence from my Lord? He…

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Egypt: Why?

“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the…

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Moon Sighting Wars

رمضان ولى هاتها يا ساقي *** مشتاقة تسعى إلى مشتاق ما كان أكثره على ألافها *** وأقله في طاعة الخلاق بالأمس قد كنا سجيني طاعة *** واليوم من العيد بالإطلاق   Ramadan has left – bring her forth O’ bartender A yearner coming to one yearning for it How much he used to frequent her…