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Critics of Islam – a warning

Critics of Islam – a warning

Erroneously, Islam in the modern world is maligned all over the world, especially the West. I believe some of this blame is on the Muslims themselves. By refusing to clear out the gross deviation it has accumulated overtime, the Muslims are in-fact giving loaded guns to their critics. Islam’s critics in the West who have…

Some advisories regarding my Q&A

Some advisories regarding my Q&A

It is my experience that people are full of questions regarding Islam and the teachings of the Qur’an. I am honoured that many find some kind of authority in me for them to direct many of their questions to me. I have been answering people’s queries on various issues for the last ten years from…

‘Dhikr’ in the light of the Qur’an

‘Dhikr’ in the light of the Qur’an

Ultimately, the Qur’an strives to cultivate a God-centric society, and though the Qur’an has mandated specific devotional rituals, such as Salah to accomplish this, concurrently it also directs mankind, as a general guideline, to always be conscious of God, in every scenario in their lives. Therefore, devotional rituals such as Salah, performing Hajj, even contemplating…

Is the Qur’an divinely protected!

Is the Qur’an divinely protected!

I am going to be controversial as usual and challenge the authenticity of the popular belief and understanding amongst nearly all Muslims, that the Qur’an is protected from changes and corruption directly by divine intervention. The Qur’anic verse, “it is God who sent down this revelation, and it is God who safeguards it” (15:9), and…

Zakaah: the fallen ‘pillar’

Zakaah: the fallen ‘pillar’

Zakaah is one of the most fundamental principle of the Qur’an; it is the groundwork for a welfare system of a given society, organised and collected by the state as tariffs levied on surplus incomes, and not on savings as is the common understanding. Although this is practiced on some level by western nations, it…

My first experience of intra-bigotry

My first experience of intra-bigotry

Most Muslims around me belong to the Sunni-Hanafi sect. However, they are further divided into mainly three types of Hanafis; Deobandi, Barelwi and Jamati. When I first started my journey into the world of theology I attended a Deobandi institute. However, I never saw myself constricted to only the Deobandi interpretation of the Hanafi school….

My little experiment on sectarianism

My little experiment on sectarianism

Sectarianism is so deep-rooted in certain individuals that anything coming from their opponents they would automatically reject. In-fact, rejecting without any level of evaluation simply because it is emanating from the opponent is itself a sign of suffering from deep sectarianism. Many years ago as a student of theology I found myself inadvertently amongst those…

Events should be understood from its own merit and timeframe

Events should be understood from its own merit and timeframe

Recently I came across a historical movie called, ‘Bilal: A New Breed of Hero’. It is a 2015  3D computer-animated action-adventure film, produced by Barajoun Entertainment and co-directed by Khurram H. Alavi and Ayman Jamal. It has brilliantly captured the life of Bilal ibn Rabah and his struggle to emancipation from slavery, and the general…