Clarification: Are we presenting extreme Shia positions as mainstream ones?

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by the MuslimAnswers.net Team

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Due to some recent discussions we engaged in regarding the excerpts we include in our works, it is appropriate to write the following brief clarification regarding our articles and works: We know that there is a potential for certain readers to say that perhaps the views we are presenting here do not Continue reading

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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

Evolution, “Conservatives”, and Modern Western Society

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At times and in certain instances, we hear “conservative” politicians from Western countries saying that the “controversy regarding evolution should be taught”. The former President of the United States, George W. Bush was a famous proponent of such a position, and it is still propounded by certain other public figures and politicians. Of course, this is mostly met by ridicule and sarcasm from the formal science field, who outright reject such proposals as quackery.

As a Muslim, I can see why such a request or suggestion would be met with such scorn: These “conservatives” are, at the end of the day, “conservatives” only in their perception of what should be done within the confines of one’s home (i.e. what religion one should adhere to, what standards of morality one should adopt, and so on). Continue reading

Muslims, Terrorism, and “Overarching Allegiances”

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Recently, I happened to come across the quote, oft-repeated in our days, that “all Muslims are terrorists”. I do not wish to take the normal route and say that “No, Muslims are not terrorists” or “there are always bad apples in every bushel”, since such lines of defense are not relevant to many of those who hear it. Continue reading

(Draft Article) Answer to Objection: Islam and Muslims are abnormally violent

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By MuslimAnswers.net Team

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One of the recurring allegations we hear about time and again concerning the pure Islamic religion is that there is something intrinsically violent within the teachings of Islam which drives the Muslims towards perpetrating levels of violence –and particularly deadly violence- not seen among the non-Muslim peoples. Continue reading