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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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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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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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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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“Apostasy” Charge in Sudan?

The way Islam is covered in the media makes one really wonder if it is part of the agendas at morning meetings in different news organizations to have one of their headlines say something sensational about this religion. The best breakdown of how boringly obvious the cyclical nature of Islam scare stories was outlined in a recent…

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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…