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Is ISIS supposed to be a Muslim organization?

Aslam Abdullah, Ph.D; Director of Islamic Center, Las Vegas, Vice president of Muslim Council of America Will the US train Muslim Americans to take on ISIS The (Un) Islamic state of Iraq and Syria is an organization of individuals who coul easily put even beasts to shame. They belong to league of Hitler, ben Ladens and many more who promoted terror and murder for reasons they could not explain to themselves. They are against Christians, Jews, secularists and even Muslims. They are fighting a war they claim religious, which is overtly Satanic. Where do they get monetary support? Who supplies them weapons and ammunition? Who helps them in Europe and USA to recruit young Muslims who are usually unknown in their own communities for their commitment to Islam. The ISIS i...

Muslims being treated with suspicion

Reflections on being treated with suspicion How Muslims should be reacting – is reflected by two leaders in the present issue. We would welcome more reflections by other thinkers in future issues. – Editor Response: M. Akhtar None of us likes to be treated as suspicious – it is disgraceful and painful. Some of us feel anger and vent about this indignity by blaming the authorities and faulting the system. We dismiss the whole issue by crying foul and say we Muslims are victims of the discrimination. This complete dismissal is a similar reaction to the denial of any connection between Muslims and terrorism, as those it is some kind of conspiracy. These reactions help absolve ourselves of any responsibility to do anything. These reactions naturally lead us to conclude it is futi...

IS ISIS supposed to be a Muslim organization

Will the US train Muslim Americans to take on ISIS The (Un) Islamic state of Iraq and Syria is an organization of individuals who coul easily put even beasts to shame. They belong to league of Hitler, ben Ladens and many more who promoted terror and murder for reasons they could not explain to themselves. They are against Christians, Jews, secularists and even Muslims. They are fighting a war they claim religious, which is overtly Satanic. Where do they get monetary support? Who supplies them weapons and ammunition? Who helps them in Europe and USA to recruit young Muslims who are usually unknown in their own communities for their commitment to Islam. The ISIS is an organization that stands for everything that is rejected by Islam. Islam demands sanctity of human life and ISIS rejects it...

Reflections on being treated with suspicion

How Muslims should be reacting – is reflected by two leaders in the present issue. We would welcome more reflections by other thinkers in future issues. – Editor

Response: M. Akhtar

None of us likes to be treated as suspicious – it is disgraceful and painful. Some of us feel anger and vent about this indignity by blaming the authorities and faulting the system. We dismiss the whole issue by crying foul and say we Muslims are victims of the discrimination.

This complete dismissal is a similar reaction to the denial of any connection between Muslims and terrorism, as those it is so...

Responses to Obama’s Affordable Healthcare: Issues and Proposed Solutions

Comments by Three Thinkers identified as D, C, and B

March 23, 22014

1. By “D”

I am someone who doesn’t mind paying taxes as long as it’s done fairly and equitably. Which is one reason why I strongly oppose ObamaCare. Individuals who make less than about $15,000/year get totally free health insurance, i.e. Medicaid, at the expense of the taxpayer, and individuals who make less than about $45,000/year get heavily subsidized health insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges. These subsidies are paid for by those of us who pay full price for health in...

GOD’S LANGUAGES

GOD’S LANGUAGES Saleem Ahmed, Ph.D. President, Pacific Institute of Islamic Studies, Honolulu and author Islam: A Religion of Peace? The Qur’an clarifies that God sent messengers to all parts of the world. Consider, for example, the following verses: To every people was sent a messenger (Qur’an 10:47); We assuredly sent among every people a messenger (with the command): ‘Serve God and eschew evil’ (Qur’an 16:36); To those who believe in God and His messengers and make no distinction between any of the messengers, We shall soon give their (due) reward (Qur’an 4:152); Each one (of the men of faith) believes in God, His ange...

Modern Muslims Need to resurrect the spirit of Free inquiry

Modern Muslims Need to Resurrect the Spirit of Free Inquiry Dr. Nazir Khaja,MD, MCA Board Member,Chairman, Islamic Information Service When people lose consciousness of the true spirit and values of their faith, their actions and practices no longer reflect the message of the religion they practice. The forms become an end in themselves as the greater vision that is meant to uplift and transform individuals and societies is lost. The significance of faith is reduced to a mere preservation of, and adherence to, the traditional outer practices that had once complemented and reflected the message. Religion becomes a museum for the preservation of the outer shell that was a container for the sustaining and life-transforming core. Focus is turned towards concepts of individu...

COMMENTS ON DR. SALEEM AHMED’S ARTICLE ON THE SHARIAH (August issue)

COMMENTS ON DR. SALEEM AHMED’S ARTICLE ON THE SHARIAH (August issue) Mohammad Akhtar, Ph.D I checked the periods when the Shariah writers and hadith compilers lived, and found the following: Shariah compilers: Jafar ibn Muhammad (702–765), Abu Hanifah ((699-767 ), Malik ibn Anas (711–795), al-Shafi (767-820), and Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780-855). Hadith compilers: Bukhari (816-878), Muslim (826-833), Ibn Majah (824-897), Abu Dawood (824-897), Tirmidhi (831-901), and Al-Nasai (836-925). Thus, Bukhari and Muslim, were born after Imams Jafar, Abu Hanifah, and Malik ibn Anas had died. And Tirmidhi and Al-Nasai were toddlers/youth when al-Shafi and ibn Hanbal died. Clearly, therefore, the only hadith compilation the Shariah writers had was al-Muwatta of Malik ibn Anas. That explains to ...

I Weep for Shrum and misguided Muslims

I WEEP FOR SHRUM AND FOR MISGUIDED MUSLIMS Saleem Ahmed, Ph.D. Director, Pacific Institute for Islamic Studies - Joel Shrum, 30, an American development worker living in Yemen with his wife and two children, was recently gunned down in Taiz for allegedly “proselytizing Christianity” (CBSNews, March 18, 2012). A text message reportedly circulated by mobile phone in Yemen said that "holy warriors" had killed "a senior missionary" shortly after the teacher was shot dead Sunday by two gunmen on a motorcycle. I weep for the loss of this precious life; I also weep for the headlong fall of some Muslims down the bottomless pit of insanity, emotionalism, paranoia, and super-charged zealotry. Even if Shrum were proselytizing, there are at least three major reasons why I believe his kill...

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