On small children in elevators, and the need to obey Allah fully

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم

I live in an apartment block, and as we know, there are elevators operating in such buildings. One thing I have always noticed is the tremendous difficulty parents have in keeping their very small children from getting out of the elevator on the wrong floor. This is something I have noticed with many parents, and if there are multiple small children that the parent has to take care of, the matter is even much more stressful for the father or mother; in all cases, they really have to keep an eye on their child, and cannot leave them unattended any time the elevator opens before they get to the correct floor. I am sure many parents and other adults taking care of very small children can attest to this fact. Continue reading

Defiance of Allah presented as an act of bravery

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I happened to see a news story about two Pakistani lesbians in the United Kingdom who, as per the news reports, became the “first Muslim gay couple to wed in the UK”.

As per the usual portrayal against traditional formal Islam, the article makes a big show of the supposed intolerance of Pakistani Muslim society versus the supposedly “enlightened” attitude in the United Kingdom towards personal “life choices”. Continue reading

On the two-child limit instituted against some Burmese Muslims

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I happened to chance upon the article “Burmese Muslims given two-child limit”, which, for me, contained the following salient points:

o    The Muslims in two mainly Muslim provinces have been given a two-child limit

o    There will also be a ban on polygamy Continue reading

The “Democratization” of Islamic knowledge, and the emergence of extremes

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A little while after publishing my article “The Enlightenment and modern-day ‘Islamic Terror’”, someone asked me why I did not provide any specific examples to show how extremist attacks may have been stopped by consultation with traditional Muslim scholars.

From that time up to now, I saw the occurrence of a number of events: On the one hand, I saw on one of the forums I normally visit, an upsurge of certain nominal Muslims questioning a number of well-established Islamic practices and beliefs. On the other hand, we all heard the news about the Woolwich attacks, where an off-duty British soldier was hacked to death by two Muslim “radicals”. Continue reading

Brief comment: Does the adoption of conspiracy theories by many Muslims lead some of them to discard the Ahadith and the Sharia?

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Many times in the discussions I have seen taking place between my Muslim brothers and sisters, I have noticed many of them clinging on to what can only be described as conspiracy theories. We Muslims live in a difficult time in our history as an Ummah, and I can easily see that there are very many pressures on the modern Muslim person, and one might many times feel victimized and may also feel that Muslims at large are the target of non-Islamic forces swarming the Muslim world right and left. Continue reading

The Enlightenment and modern-day “Islamic terror”

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I decided to write a few brief comments about the topic of the Enlightenment and the topic of so-called “Islamic terrorism”, even though the connection between the Enlightenment and what is termed as “Islamic terror” may not even occur to most people.

The reason why I believe this topic is important is because the enlightenment and its secularist offspring intervened in the Muslim world in a manner that cannot merely be cast aside when mentioning anything about “Islamic terrorism”.

In order to understand this issue, we have to understand that Islam is a system of life where its teachings are passed from chest-to-chest. The books written by the scholars have their relevance, but we cannot say that the primary means of transmitting knowledge in Islam is through the written material. Thus, the teacher-student relationship is paramount in traditional Islamic scholarship. Continue reading

Lawrence Krauss, iERA, and secular assumptions and prerequisites

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This post is about a row that transpired some weeks ago, when the atheist professor Lawrence Krauss stormed out of a debate hosted by the Islamic Education and Research Academy due to a voluntary gender-segregation arrangement made by the iERA. (The news article describing this row has been archived here).

Now, I really do not think highly of public debates, for the simple reason that there are too many factors at play other than the content of the debate in deciding which side has taken the upper hand in debates – and this incident was a very good example of how such factors are used to skew the debates on topics not centrally related to the topic at hand. Continue reading