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Lifting the Veil of Harris & Hirsi Ali

New atheist/ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been one of the people of interest to be discussed as of late. After much outcry, she lost an honorary degree that Brandeis University had intended to award her. They cite in their statement that Hirsi Ali’s “past statements are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.” That was their politically correct way…

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Ashamed of Faith

Update: Given the baffling number of Muslims who need things to be black or white, this article may be confusing to many. Before you read on, one main conclusion you must come out of it with is that I am in no way trying to reconcile the Quran with the Theory of Evolution. What I am saying…

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On Muslims & Evolution II

Talk about ruffling more than a few feathers. My previous post “On Muslims & Evolution” generated a massive outcry for myself. My Twitter interactions feed has never been this active. I have received more email messages in a day about this issue than I could possibly manage to respond to. Some were extremely troubled by…

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On Muslims & Evolution

(UPDATE I and II below) The following passages are excerpted from my forthcoming book tentatively titled “Discourses on Belief, Science, & Islam”. I’ve recently seen and read for a number of Muslim scholars declaring it a form of disbelief for a Muslim to accept the Theory of Evolution and for Adam and Eve peace be upon them…

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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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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…