Random thoughts and notes: Days 13-17

o    Some people ask that if there were Verses that were meant to be Mutashaabih (ambiguous, and most of the Muslims would never know the meaning of it), then what was the purpose of revealing them in the first place, if we would not get exact instruction by means of such Verses? Continue reading

Random thoughts and notes: Days 8 – 10

Salam Alaykum,

o    When we consider the issue of the Shia’s claims for their ‘Infallible Imaams’, we Sunnis would consider the matter as follows: If all of the issues (and we mean all, from beginning until the end) really go back to the ‘Infallible Imaam’, then this is something that would elicit more investigation. But if at any point the ‘critical path’ is broken, it is clear that the Imaamah theory is not sound to begin with. Continue reading

Initial Notes on the Post: ‘Atheist Sophistry On Quranic Science Debunked…By A Muslim Scientist’

(Please read the notice concerning our draft articles)

By a member of the MuslimAnswers.net Team

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم

The following are notes I have taken on the post entitled ‘Atheist Sophistry On Quranic Science Debunked…By A Muslim Scientitst’ available at the following link. This is basically a lecture by Instructor Hafiz Mehmood on the subject on Qur’an and science, and the mistakes made by Muslims in addition to the deceptions of the non-Muslims on this matter. Continue reading

(Draft Article) Question: “What about Muslims using science to manufacture medicines and the like?”

(Please read the notice concerning our draft articles)

By a member of the MuslimAnswers.net Team

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A certain person asked me, after reading the article “(Draft Article) “Shouldn’t Muslims advance in Modern Science?””, that first of all, the point I was trying to make was not very clear, and secondly, about the consideration of a simple thing related to science, such as a Muslim country establishing industries that can manufacture its own medicines, and the like. Continue reading

Introductory notes on the book ‘The Sources of the Quran’

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم

These are some notes I am taking on the book “The Sources of the Qur’an: A Critical Review of the Authorship Theories” written by Hamza Njozi. In fact, this is not a work by a scholar of Islam, but rather the result of research by a lay Muslim. However, I think there are some good points being made in this work, so I thought it was appropriate to mention them and then leave open the path for further, more scholarly and traditionally-based research, for the future. There is also what may be called some weak points in this book I will point these out as well whenever necessary. Continue reading

A few initial thoughts on young Muslim men, reports of sexual assaults on women, and the state of the Ummah

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I am going to write about some thoughts about a topic more controversial than my normal topics, in the hope that Insha Allah the insights in here will be beneficial for me and for others as well. I am sure that if from those who read this, they may brush off the suggestions as irrelevant and unnecessary, but I still hope that the piece hereunder will be of benefit for many people. Continue reading

Preliminary Notes on two lectures concerning the Qur’an, its reliability, and the response to certain allegations

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم

Salam Alaykum,

The following are basically the preliminary personal notes for the first two lectures from the following link[1]. There are many important things mentioned in these two lectures (delivered by Instructor Hafiz Mehmud and Shaykh Atabek Nasafi). Whenever necessary, I will try to insert pertinent views on the subtopic under discussion. 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

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

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم

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