By Saleem Ahmed, Ph.D.
Shariah continues to drive a wedge among Muslims and also isolates Muslims from others. What some Muslims regard as religious obligations - or "Words of God" - are looked upon by others possibly as violent and misogynic practices. Stoning adulterers to death, cutting hands of thieves, beating drunkards, and requiring women to wear the veil are the most commonly mentioned "questionable" practices.
Trying to trace these practices historically, I recently discovered an anomaly: While the Shariah is supposedly based on hadith, it predates about 90% hadith. Please consider:
The Shariah was formulated by the following five imams on the basis of hadith available to them: Abu Hanifa (699-767 CE); Jaʿfar ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq (702-765); Malik ibn Anas (711-795); al-...
Catholics Then, Muslims Now
New York Times, January,2014
By: Doug Saunders
The short, crude anti-Muslim video that sparked a wave of violent protests across the Middle East did not emerge from an obscure pocket of extremism; it is the latest in a string of anti-Muslim outbursts in the United States. In August, a mosque was burned down in Missouri and an acid bomb was thrown at an Islamic school in Illinois. The video’s backers are part of a movement that has used the insecurity of the post-9/11 years to sow unfounded fears of a Muslim plot to take over the West.
Their message has spread from the obscurity of the Internet and the far right to the best seller lists, the mainstream media and Congress. For the first time in decades, it has become acceptable in some circles to declare...
Professor John L. Esposito of the International Affairs Department at Georgetown University spoke to Islamist Gate about the future of political Islam.
World Bulletin / News Desk
Prof. John L. Esposito, author of the book ‘The Future of Islam’, has claimed that political Islam is not dead. On the contrary, he has suggested that it is merely evolving into a new form of expression.
After the Egyptian military coup ousted the democratically elected president and Muslim Brotherhoo...
Syed Saud Ashraf, MD
Whereas, the humanity of Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, is an uncontested article of faith in Islam, consistent with theological facts as revealed in the Qur'an and held to be the Truth; on a more cultural note, can the acknowledgment and commemoration of his birth not be mutually shared by the Muslim and Christian communities? Would, to extend a meaningful and heartfelt "Season's Greetings" or even a "Merry Christmas", be out of sync; or, rather, would it not be more consistent with the Prophetic etiquette of reaching out to the other?
While certain Muslim communities the commemoration of the birth of our "beloved" Prophet Muhammad is displayed in different ways, it is nevertheless a contested issue as well. Islam, being a religion most seriously concerned with ...
Published on Thursday, January 29, 2014 by Common Dreams
Chomsky Describes US Domestic Policy in Two Words: 'Pure Savagery'
Cuts to food stamps and jobless benefits predictable result of 'neoliberal assault' on American people
Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
(Photo via Flickr / tr.robinson / Creative Commons License)
As Congress decides this week whether to re-institute emergency jobless benefits for millions of Americans and closes in on negotiations for a Farm Bill that could see billions of dollars cut out of food stamp programs, renowned activist and intellectual Noam Chomsky summed up the state of American politics in an interview Thursday in two words: "pure savagery."
Shariah in the Current relativistic Age
We are necessarily different from each other, occupying discrete points in various domains, be they physical, emotional, or influential. It makes sense that our value system be elastic enough to account for the differences this reality entails. We are also necessarily similar to each other, sharing common spaces, be they spiritual, moral, or metaphysical. It also makes sense that our value system be unified to attest this singular reality. These two value systems may appear complementary but are commonly seen as antagonistic, one being hedonistic and self-centered, and the other being hidebound and ideological. History is littered with different philosophies and “isms” that have tried to explain reality and influence human beha...
America born imams are popular specially with Muslim youths
. They deal with sensitive topics like marijuana use, dating and pornography.
85 percent of full-time, paid imams in the U.S. are foreign-born — but the demand for people like Umar is growing as American Muslim leaders look for ways to keep the religion relevant for young Umar, 31, is a serious Islamic scholar who has studied the Quran in the Middle East, Europe and India — but he’s also a native Californian, who is well-versed in social media and pop culture, and can connect with teens on their own terms.
With a foot in both traditional Islam and U.S. pop culture, leaders like Umar are trying to help young Muslims embrace their American experience without letting go of Islamic traditions. It’s part of a broader ...
Can Muslims Celebrate Thanksgiving?
Syed Saud Ashraf,MD
Member of Board of Directors, MCA
The following link gives a reasonable Islamic position regarding the celebration of Thanksgiving and I would encourage people to read it: http://imamluqman.wordpress.com/tag/can-muslims-celebratethanksgiving/
My personal understanding when faced with such issues is that it highlights a more deeper and fundamental problem, that being: that there is a continued crisis in the Muslim mind. There is a lack of clarity in Islamic thinking and vision as it ought to apply in our daily lives within the contemporary reality. In addressing such issues we routinely come across a missing dimension: common sense.
Culture and revelation are two distinct realities - both valuable and obviously necessary and are...
By: Sarah A. Harlan
The din of the niqab-ban debate continues to rise in the UK as lawmakers express concerns of the security implications of women covering their faces with niqab and the overturning of a ban on niqab at Birmingham Metropolitan College.
The debate is polarizing within and without the Muslim faith community in the UK, but a leading concern of many is that the debate is monopolized by those who do not wear niqab, indeed most of them non-Muslim men.
MOVING BEYOND ISLAM’S “MIXED SIGNALS”
Saleem Ahmed, Ph.D. (Board Member,MCA)
Author of Islam: A Relgion of Peace, President,Islamic institute,Honolulu
With the trials of Major Nidal Hasan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev fresh in people’s minds, the question whether Islam is a religion of peace troubles many, exacerbated by opposite signals from Muslim hawks and doves. For example, while the Islamic Society of North America quotes several Qur’anic verses to underscore Islam as religion of peace, Sheikh Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Humaid, former Saudi chief justice, quotes several other Qur’anic verses to incite Muslims to fight non-Muslims continuously. Since both quote the Qur'an, neither accuses the other of being “un-Islamic”. However, with the Sheikh’s article, “The Call to Jih...