- Written by Jon MC
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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the words freedom, liberty, oppression and persecution have the following meanings:
Freedom: The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants. The power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity. (Literalistically) The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. The state of being unrestricted and able to move easily. Unrestricted use of something.
Liberty: The state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s behaviour or political views. (Literalistic) The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. The power or scope to act as one pleases. (Philosophical) A person’s freedom from control by fate or necessity.
I have always liked Thomas Jefferson's definition of liberty: “Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.” -- Thomas Jefferson to I. Tiffany, 1819.
Jefferson makes two vital points (1) an individual's freedom/liberty is (or should be) constrained by the “equal rights of others”. Here by “equal rights” Jefferson clearly means the liberty of others to exercise their freedoms. Implicit then is that all people have “equal rights” or, to put it in more “Jeffersonian” language equal scope to exercise their freedoms and liberties. (2) That law per se does not properly constrain liberty. An unjust or discriminatory law is just that – aka “the tyrant's will”.
- Written by Louis Palme
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One of the criticisms of the anti-Islamic protests in the U.S. is that the protesters never mention any of the good things that are done by Arabs or Muslims. Actually, they have tried to show some balance, but there is not much to commend. Here is how Arabs and Muslims measure up based on some generally accepted international standards:
Muslims represent 23 percent of the world’s population, yet they are participants in 84 percent of the armed conflicts. Source: www.religioustolerance.org/curr_war.htm
Contributions to Society
Eight hundred Nobel Prizes have been awarded to individuals since 1895. Of those, only six were given to Arabs. While Arabs constitute 5 percent of the world’s population, their share of Nobel Prizes was only ¾ of one percent. Muslims, who represent 23 percent of the world’s population, were awarded only 1.4 percent of the awards.
- Written by Mumin Salih
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The discovery of an old artefact is always a welcome addition to our knowledge since it boosts, or modifies, our understanding of history. From this perspective alone, the discovery of the Birmingham manuscript is significant, but there is more to it.
I first learned about the news when the subject came up as I was visiting some friends after the Eid festival. Most in the room praised Allah for sending regular signals to prove to mankind that Islam is the true religion. I had to leave soon, and as I was leaving, I overheard somebody expressing his disappointment at the news because he assumed all along that we already have the original full Quran of Uthman.
- Written by Jake Neuman
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It’s all about Islam – you hear-no-evil, see-no-evil, naive Kafirs!
Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed four Marines and wounded another at military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
Raised in the US from the age of 7, he was an well-educated electrical engineer having university degree and was from a well-to-do middle-class family.
The media elite immediately went on a crusade desperately seeking reasons for Mohammad's violent self-radicalization from any sources other than his religion, Islam.
A CNN commentator grabbed onto his quote: “My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do?”
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Islam's fascinating success as a religion is primarily thanks to its non-Arab followers, who read, pray and practice Islamic terminologies like ‘Alhamdulillah’, ‘Masha Allah’, ‘Subhanallah’, ‘Insha Allah’ in Arabic, an alien language to them. The early Arab conquerors, who were clever politicians too, imposed their ‘religion’ and the Arabic language (only for religious purposes) intentionally on the conquered subjects in non-Arab lands. This policy became an excellent survival tool for their primarily political ‘religion’. Arabic is the ritual language in Islam. Non-Arab Muslims had no choice but to read their holy books (Quran, Hadith etc.) and perform Islamic rituals in Arabic without ever knowing the truth about what lies behind their supposedly peaceful religion.
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Until the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US by Muslim extremists, non-Muslims around the world used to think Islam as a peaceful religion like any other – still many do although many non-Muslims and even Muslims have changed their mind since. Yet, Muslims have been committing such crimes around the world from the founding days of Islam under Prophet Muhammad to the present day. The explosion of heinous crimes and barbarisms that Muslim extremists have perpetrated against non-Muslims in recent years are awakening people about the dangers of Islam and are starting to see Muslims in increasingly suspicious light. They have been starting to study Islam's sacred texts and historical literature, and exposing the massive cruelties and barbarisms hidden in those documents. The majority Muslims, both the non-practicing moderates and the radicals, instead of looking into their scriptures, charge this critical scrutiny of Islam by non-Muslims as evil Islamophobia.
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Muslims say that the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, called Ramadan, is the most sacred for them, especially because of its being the occasion of the month-long fasting in Islam. Many well-meaning and good-hearted non-Muslims too regarded this month with respect as a sign of their respect toward Muslim beliefs. We read stories of how some unaware non-Muslims even keep fast alongside their Muslim neighbors to show their deep respect to the Muslim holy month of fasting. Such instances represent the extent of success Muslims have been able to achieve in fooling well-meaning non-Muslims about their religion. Yet, we must agree that in several aspects, the month of Ramadan is certainly something out of the ordinary – or we must say Muslims have turned it to be so.
In reality, through the month of Ramadan, Muslims have degraded the sacred ancient ritual of ‘Fasting’ by turning it into a child’s play that allows Muslims to fast all day long with a sound sleep, and to feast throughout the night in a festive mood. I was shocked to witness this in Saudi Arabia during my stay there, although the same may not be true for the non-Arab Muslim countries. Please read my previous articles about Ramadan to know the about the entire scenario of the month Ramadan starting from the period of Muhammad until now (see links at the end of this essay). I was astonished to know about the statements of Aisha (Muhammad’s favorite wife) that she never fasted during Ramadan. Likewise, there are a number of shocking information in the hadith about the ‘sacred’ month Ramadan.
- Written by Jon MC
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In the immediate aftermath of the massacre of civilians in Tunisia David Cameron, the U.K.'s Prime-minister has once again assured the British public and non-Muslims worldwide that the attack was not carried out “in the name of Islam. Islam is a religion of peace.” The killers, rather, “do it in the name of a twisted, perverted ideology.”
Of course I believe what he says.
It is a great relief to me that I have such an Islamically educated man as the leader of my Country. Perhaps we should call him Mufti sheikh Imam Ayatollah Cameron to reflect his encyclopaedic knowledge of Islam.
You think I'm being sarcastic?
- Written by Mumin Salih
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Muslim scholars still claim that the Quran contains numerous scientific miracles. Many Muslims Arabs regard those claims as the most important reason why they accept Islam as the true divine religion.
The term ‘scientific miracle’ is a contradictory expression, just like saying a black white. Science is based on explanations and calculated results while miracles are unpredictable and unexplainable. However, by claiming the Quran has ‘scientific miracles’, the Muslim scholars only mean that the Quran is correct and in agrees with science. Of course, any book is supposed to be correct but since the Quran is centuries old, Muslims believe it was expected to be wrong, had it been authored by a man.
How did the Issue of scientific miracles come up?
The issue of scientific miracles in the Quran is fairly recent, only about four decades old. There was nothing about this subject in the standard Islamic education as approved by Al Azhar and Arab governments until at least the 1970s. Before that, the Arab Muslims were taught that the Quran has a language miracle, a claim many Arabs didn’t find convincing.
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This article will shed light on the 'various modes’ of receiving revelation by our prophet for our holy book, “The Quran”. It will reveal to the reader about the extent to which our holy prophet played with the innocence of his disciples and subsequent generations of Muslims.
While growing up, we the Muslim kids in our locality used to feel crazy about the month of Ramadan because of its attraction of fasting. Being a young child, aged below ten years, my mom did not like her beloved son to go through the pains of fasting. So she would avoid waking me up for the pre-sunrise meal (suhur) before we start fasting. But I was very adamant about fasting, and one day I kept my fast even without the ‘Suhur’ meal. My mother understood my religious zeal for fasting and gave in, allowing me to fast from the next day. Youngsters like me in the community liked to fast, because it was a matter of high status amongst the peers and also to share the table with the elders during the evening ‘Fatoor’ or ‘Iftaar’ for breaking fast was a matter of pride. My mother never cooked that much varieties of delicacies in the whole year that she used to cook during the fasting month. The same was true for every Muslim family in our community – as if it was more of an occasion of feasting than fasting. Whenever we friends met up during this month, we took pride in discussing about the numerous varieties of delicious foods our moms cooked for the 'suhur' and 'iftaar' parties.
- Written by Abul Kasem
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Recently, the Islamic State (IS) Jihadi group in Iraq and Syria has burnt alive a few prisoners of war and apostates of Islam by gathering them inside a cage before setting it on fire. Many Muslims have expressed shock at such a barbaric practice. They say this is not Islamic. Let us read the Quran, ahadith and Islamic history to find out whether or not Islam allows burning human beings alive.
On the Day of Judgment Allah will sort out the good and the evil; Allah will command to seize and drive the evil-doers into the midst of blazing fire... 44:40
For the unbelievers, garments of fire will be cut out; and boiling water poured over their heads… 22:19