(Draft Article) Small comment on article titled ‘What is Advaita?’

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By MuslimAnswers.net Team

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We were pointed to an article or part of a talk entitled: “What is Vedanta?” by the 19th century Hindu monk “Swami Vivekananda”. The article is very short, but since it presents the central theme of the Advaita philosophy, we would like to make a few comments about it. In the article itself, the monk says that there are a number of philosophical streams within Hinduism concerning the topic of the underlying nature of reality, but we can only say something about the particular viewpoint put forth by the monk, and other competing views will have to wait for other articles. The comments of the monk are in italics, ours in normal font. Continue reading

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(Draft Article) Objection: “Allah cannot feel our disappointments and sudden shocks and thus He does not know about them”

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By a member of the MuslimAnswers.net Team

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One interesting argument I recently happened to read from the Atheist camp goes as follows in its logical structure:

Suppose that I am looking forward to a promotion in my job, but a moment comes when I suddenly find out that such a promotion will not occur, and I am disappointed at this shock. The atheist says that this feeling of  disappointment and the knowledge of how it feels to be suddenly disappointed is only known to me, not to a supposed God. 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 (The news article describing this row has been archived here).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

On Facebook, Twitter, and Atheism

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The title of this post may take many by surprise. Outside of facebook pages and tweets promoting atheism and belittling religions, what could possibly be the relation between social media and atheistic beliefs? What could simple tweets and posting of pictures have to do with rejecting the existence of God? Continue reading

Worshipping Allah: Thankfulness and Legalism

By MuslimAnswers.net Team (checked by Mufti Aadiel Moosagie, Council of Ulama Eastern Cape)

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Certain atheists say something along the lines of: “Alright, suppose I accept that God exists and that He provides everything for us. But His giving us life, shelter, etc., does not necessitate our worshipping Him, or obeying Him. There is no connection between God giving us life and us being obliged to worship and obey God.” Continue reading