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June 25, 2009

The Quran and Modern Science, Compatible or Incompatible?

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A book by Zakir Naik. Download link.

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June 23, 2009

Who is Allah?

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June 21, 2009

Inside Mekka

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Inside Mekka @ HULU

June 19, 2009

How I Came to Love the Veil

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Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 4:53am
Written by Yvonne Ridley
Tuesday, 31 October 2006

POLITICIANS AND JOURNALISTS just love to write about the oppression of women in Islam … without even talking to the females beneath the veil.

They simply have no idea how Muslim women are protected and respected within the Islamic framework which was built more than 1400 years ago. (more…)

June 16, 2009

Muslim Women Freedom

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Some general notes:

1. I felt that what Asra Nomani was doing is truly undermining the Muslim woman’s intellect. To say, that if she cannot marry a non-Muslim man then she’s being forced and that she’s being belittled, is truly undermining in itself. Any Muslim woman would take offense to that. Asra was talking to the Muslim women in a condescending way saying: I feel for you, you’re oppressed, because you do not have the choice to marry a non-Muslim man! I was waiting for someone from the audience to say: Asra speak for yourself, we take offense to what you’re saying.

2. I liked the example of Sh. Yasir Al Qadhi where he says that the analogy is similar to a Muslim man saying that I can drink anything and therefore I can drink alcohol. Islam has rules.

3. Sh. Yasir Al Qadhi could have responded to the last question by saying that the consensus should have been done by people knowledgeable about Islam and not the people in the room. I felt that the answer could have been more satisfying to me.

4. The position of the Dr. Habash is weak. He is truly against the notion. Sheikh Yasir pointed this out in the debate. Maybe we could have stressed his position more by using his definition of Muslims. Instead of saying ‘Muslims’, we can say ‘people who believe in the prophet (p.b.u.h)’

5. It should be stressed more and more and more that women can make all the choices but they cannot marry a non-Muslim man while stressing on ‘having all the choices’.

6. I felt that the Dr. Thuraya was not very helpful to the discussion. She was indeed talking about Arab/Gulf women and she was pro marrying someone from your same background (way beyond religion) – that has extended the scope of the discussion. I feel that her presence extended the scope of the argument and weakened their position.

7. I felt Sh. Yasir stumbled twice. First, as he says when he dished out the question to the host (as he mentioned in his insider post) and second, when he was asked by Asra about what he would do if his daughter chooses to marry a non-Muslim man? I liked his answer but his body language seemed a little shaken (the question itself is inappropriate but she used it!).

8. I liked the opening of Sh. Yasir Al Qadhi. He is truly an eloquent and focused debater. I like him on my side. May Allah reward and bless him. An excellent example is when he said: I didn’t say you’re not a Muslim, I just said do not bring Islam into the discussion.

You can read the discussion and the insightful comments on muslimmatters.org

Double Standards

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June 10, 2009

Observing the Ordinary

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The miracle is right there… Once people get used to a certian phenomenon, it becomes mundane and ordinary. A miracle is considered something out of ordinary not because the ordinary may not be miraculous but because people are used to the ordinary.
I have witnessed the birth of my daughter Salma and it’s truly a miracle of Allah. A bounty and favor that Allah has bestowed upon me and my family.
I remember when we used to discuss that she was 2 cm long, then a handspan then 2 handspans and now she’s a healthy being staring at the world with exploratory eyes. Allah has said that he has created human beings from a drop of blood and descibed thoroughly the development of the embryo. But that’s not my focus here…
My focus is this: throughout time, no body has been able to describe that missing piece that differentiates a dead person from a living person, the soul. It’s miracuouls not because people do not know why this happens. It’s miraculous because people will not know why this happens.
The trouble with evolution is that it is very assuming. People adopt it for a lack of explanation and not because it’s an explanation. Even evolution will not tell where the very first cell came from. Evolution is like a deck of cards which may fall down with the slighest wind but for lack of a better explanation, people adopt it.
My second point is that we need to stare at the ordinary and see the beauty and miraculousness of it. Just because it’s ordinary, does not mean it’s well ordinary. Just stare at how the trees go through the seasons, fall to Spring. Just examine the universe and its vastness; the sunset and sunrise; the sun and the moon. These are all signs of the all merciful God.

The miracle is right there… Once people get used to a certian phenomenon, it becomes mundane and ordinary. A miracle is considered something out of ordinary not because the ordinary may not be miraculous but because people are used to the ordinary.

I have witnessed the birth of my daughter Salma and it’s truly a miracle of Allah. A bounty and favor that Allah has bestowed upon me and my family.

I remember when we used to discuss that she was 2 cm long, then a handspan then 2 handspans and now she’s a healthy being staring at the world with exploratory eyes. Allah has said that he has created human beings from a drop of blood and descibed thoroughly the development of the embryo. But that’s not my focus here…

My focus is this: throughout time, no body has been able to describe that missing piece that differentiates a dead person from a living person, the soul. It’s miracuouls not because people do not know why this happens. It’s miraculous because people will not know why this happens.

The trouble with evolution is that it is very assuming. People adopt it for a lack of explanation and not because it’s an explanation. Even evolution will not tell where the very first cell came from. Evolution is like a deck of cards which may fall down with the slighest wind but for lack of a better explanation, people adopt it.

My second point is that we need to stare at the ordinary and see the beauty and miraculousness of it. Just because it’s ordinary, does not mean it’s well ordinary. Just stare at how the trees go through the seasons, fall to Spring. Just examine the universe and its vastness; the sunset and sunrise; the sun and the moon. These are all signs of the all merciful God.

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