Tag: Quran

The Path of Hatred

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved The attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Egypt (the land of my ancestry) and the U.S. Consulate in Libya, where the U.S. Ambassador was killed, leave me doubly outraged. First, as an American, I am outraged that our diplomatic missions were attacked in so... Read more »

There's Nothing We Can't Do

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved At long (very, very long) last, today is the last day of Ramadan. Tomorrow morning, I plan to – God willing – enjoy my first cup of coffee in the daylight hours since July 19. To say that I am not happy would be lying... Read more »

The Guilt That Ramadan Brings

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved Ramadan is a very special time. Yes, we are fasting, and although the day is quite long, so far, it has not been that bad. Yet, more than just the fasting, it is a time of spiritual renewal. It is a time of deep reflection.... Read more »
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The Blasphemy of "Anti-Blasphemy" Laws

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This was published on Beliefnet (and inspired by our own “Agnostic in Wheaton”).  I first learned about the law – that passed the Kuwaiti parliament – on a ChicagoNow blog post entitled “Kuwait theocracy declares Islam is weak.” The law calls for the death penalty for insulting the... Read more »

Friday Sermon: The Test of the Beautiful

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This was the sermon I gave in Friday prayer services today: In the seventh verse of the eighteenth chapter of the Quran, it states: Behold, We have willed that all beauty on earth be a means by which we put humanity to a test,... Read more »

Friday Sermon Series: The Scourge of Domestic Violence

In the Name of the Beautiful, Compassionate, and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved I have been blessed to give the sermon during Friday prayer services from time to time. I will reproduce them here and include them on a new web page seen above. I gave this sermon after a Muslim woman was beheaded by her... Read more »
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A Backwards View of Honor

In the Name of the Beautiful, Most Gracious, and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved All around the world, people – many of them women, and sadly, many of them Muslim women – are murdered for the sake of “honor.” Although some claim that this is a specifically “Muslim” problem, the crime of “honor killings” cuts across... Read more »

Sharia Law in Action: The Outrage Over Moroccan Law

In the Name of the Kind, Beautiful, Most Gracious, and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved There has been a continuous hysteria in several states about the threat of “Sharia law” to the United States. In fact, South Dakota just passed a law that says “No such court may apply international law, the law of any foreign nation, or... Read more »

Are Muslims Supposed to "Kill All the Infidels"? (Part II)

Last time, we discussed how the principle of fighting in Islam is in self-defense and cited the violent opposition on the part of the Meccan oligarchy to the message of the Prophet Muhammad (pubh). Now, let us discuss verse 9:5, the infamous “Verse of the Sword,” directly. Given the discussion in the previous article, we... Read more »
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Let the Blogger Go Free

Here we go again: a Saudi writer and blogger has been arrested in Riyadh after being deported from Malaysia. Apparently he tweeted things that were disrespectful to the Prophet Muhammad. I read the tweets, where he said: On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you’ve always been... Read more »