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Islamic boarding schools in the nineties

Islamic boarding schools in the nineties

Not sure about nowadays, but when I attended ‘Darul-Uloom’ (Islamic boarding school) in the early nineties, one of the first thing I noticed was that the schools had a very flimsy vetting process in place, if at all, and enrolled anyone and everyone. Consequently, a huge percentage of the students ended up in the institutions…

MY PERSONAL JOURNEY TO QUR’AN-CENTRIC ISLAM

MY PERSONAL JOURNEY TO QUR’AN-CENTRIC ISLAM

In the name of Allah, the most Merciful, the most Beneficent. Though I was a very boisterous and a roguish child, I did have my little moments where I contemplated questions about human life and its surroundings – what it all meant. At appropriate opportunities I would ask any grown-up I felt bonded to about…

THINKING AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT OF MAN

THINKING AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT OF MAN

Adam was not the first man in the sense that he didn’t have parents, but he was the first man to have consciousness and cognitive abilities, and thus the father of modern man. He was not created outside the evolutionary system which all life has been established by, he was simply the first human to…

The Qur’anic institution of marriage

The Qur’anic institution of marriage

The institution of marriage in the light of the Qur’an (as per my personal reading), is a highly recommended, but not compulsory, union of two adults as spouses, that have mutually consented to form an unit in which they will share intimate interpersonal relationships in a haven of peace and love, and potentially create a…

IN THE LIGHT OF HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY

IN THE LIGHT OF HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY

The scientific study of human psychology informs us that we suffer from so many biases that it is impossible to be categorically unbiased. For instance, it is human weakness to succumb to the opposite extreme in the attempt to counter extremism. In psychology this is referred to as ‘Attitude Polarisation’. We also have the tendency…

Does the Qur’an inspire terrorism?

Does the Qur’an inspire terrorism?

Q: Does the Qur’an inspire terrorism? If not, what is the root cause of terrorism and how can we eradicate such violence in the world? A: The Qur’an does not inspire it’s adherents to indiscriminately maim and murder others. On the contrary, it begins every chapters with the words of mercy and underpins its entire…

WHY I BECAME A VEGETARIAN

WHY I BECAME A VEGETARIAN

First of all, I haven’t stopped eating fish and dairy, so to be semantically accurate I am a pescatarian. Many are suggesting that I changed my diet due to some concern for my health. Though I do believe that meat-heavy diet is bad for us, that wasn’t what prompted me to switch. It is no…

MY BRIEF JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM

MY BRIEF JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM

Some twenty years ago whilst I was in my early 20’s my altruistic nature nearly got me sucked into a twisted theology which sugar coats religious fascism as an Islamic utopian way of life, that seeks to subjugate all humans under an archaic form of authoritarian government. Their sole purpose is to hijack people’s freedom…