An Analysis of Hamza Tzortzis’ paper on the Qur’an and so-called Scientific Miracles

By Shaykh Hafiz Mahmut, Edited and modified by the Team[1]

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم

We begin in the name of Allah the Exalted. May Allah bless and grant peace to the leader of the Creation Muhammad , and on his Family and Companions until the Day of Judgment. We ask Allah to keep us away from knowledge that is not beneficial, and may increase us in (useful) knowledge that will be an adornment for us in this world and the next. Continue reading

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

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِي

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

Question: “What is the main epistemic problem in Twelver Shiaism?”

(Please read the notice concerning our draft articles and works)

By a member of the Team

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم

If I am asked about what is the core problem with the Twelver Shia religion, the main issue that comes up is an epistemic one:

 We have a religion claiming to be protected by Infallibles, Continue reading

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

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم

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

Lawrence Krauss, iERA, and secular assumptions and prerequisites

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم

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

(Draft Article) Following a Madhab (School of Islamic Jurisprudence)

(Please read the notice concerning our draft articles)

By a member of the Team

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم

I was requested to write something about why I took up a school of jurisprudence after many years of being a Ghayr Muqallid. I have to admit that I do not have a very inspiring personal narrative, but I wish to counterbalance this deficiency by relating the specific points that in one way or the other lead to this change. I do admit that many of these points are discussed in the writings of others in a much better way, but I wanted to pinpoint what I thought were the important arguments for me. Continue reading