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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Harris & Fatah Sitting on a Tree…

By the power invested in me, I now pronounce Sam Harris and Tarek Fatah husband and husband. After all, the public display of affection exchanged between Harris and Fatah over Twitter transgresses the limits of modest conduct for a Muslim. Given that Tarek Fatah has taken his relationship beyond what’s deemed Islamically appropriate, he must…