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Where’s the Mercy?

The first Hadith any student of the Islamic Tradition will learn is the Hadith of Mercy. In it the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him gives us the recipe for receiving the Mercy of God by saying, “those who are merciful, the Merciful will have mercy upon them. Have mercy upon those inhabiting the Earth,…

Innovation in Religion – A Closer Look

In this day and age of throwing terms around that many don’t have a  good handle on the meanings of, it is a requirement that one understands what their speaking about. We live during a time that many Muslims are issuing judgments and declaring rulings left, right and centre, yet not understanding the inner workings…

Ash’ari – What’s in a name?

One of the terms that are thrown around by some Muslims that like to label other Muslims is “Ash’ari”. Whenever I hear this term, or any term for that matter, being used to label any Muslim, my first reaction is revulsion, followed by the question: what do you mean by “Ash’ari”? I ask this question…

An Equanimously Islamic View of The World

The use of the term “religion” as a general adjective to describe the different faiths practiced by the diverse populations in today’s world is problematic. For instance, it assumes their similarity to a degree which renders them interchangeable, and that any apparent differences in practice are insignificant in the big picture. In the west, when…

My Way or Hell’s Way

I can hypothetically bet, and win this bet, that just about every single Muslim that is reading these words would have at least heard, if not directly been warned, that such and such scholar is a deviant, or a Sufi, or an Ash’ari, or a Matouridi, or a Wahhabi, or a Salafi, or a this…

My Shaykh Vs. Your Shaykh

Truth must be told, that we as Muslims tend to at times act in ways that blatantly contradict the teachings of Islam as put forth in the Quran and Sunnah. If you go through YouTube or message boards across the Internet, you will not have a hard time finding Muslims attacking each other over their…

How Is Your Heart?

God says in the Quran: (يوم لا ينفع مال ولا بنون إلا من أتى الله بقلب سليم) (On the Day in which no wealth or children will benefit a person except for the one who comes with a sound heart) The Prophet peace be upon him says in a sound narration: (ألا إن في الجسد…

The Complacency of “God is Merciful”

Over the past couple of days a common phrase is being propagated amongst a number of Muslims that I’m surrounded by, which at first sounds accurate, but once the context is clarified it becomes immediately apparent how it is being used falsely: God is All Forgiving and All Merciful الله غفور رحيم While these are…

The Delusional Salafi

I have a question that I still can’t find the answer to. Since when did 1400 years of traditional Islamic scholarship, with a countless number of traditional Muslim scholars coming from as far east as China, and going as far west as Andalusia, have been reduced to 7 individuals? I’m speaking from a personal experience…