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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…

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It’s NOT Jihad!

When cold-blooded murder is looked at as a matter of “difference in opinion” by Muslims, and thugs are considered to be on an honourable mission of Jihad, we shouldn’t be shocked that not only non-Muslims, but also some Muslims are abandoning what seems like a mad religion. To make matters worse, even Muslims who are…

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Al Odah on Syria

Of course I wasn’t shocked by the response to what I have to say about self-proclaimed Jihadi bandits going to Syria to “liberate” its people from Bashar Al Asad and his gang. It’s impossible to reason with people who have already gone insane by the smell of blood and grown addicted to death and the…

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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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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…