Qur’anophobia: The Core Truth of Islamophobia

quranmanuscript “Islamophobia” denotes prejudice against, hatred towards, and fear of Islam and Muslims. But because only the Qur’an unequivocally and uncontroversially defines Islam, those who promote Islamophobia have made the Qur’an the main target of their Islamophobic discourse. To achieve its goals, Islamophobia has had to take the form “Qur’anophobia.” The articulation of the concept of “Qur’anophobia” and the use of this term are critical for understanding and addressing the negative feelings and attitudes towards Islam that are called “Islamophobia.”

Reasons For Misinterpreting the Qur’an

mushaf-misinterpretation-full150 Like any scripture, and indeed any text, the Qur’an is open to different interpretations. Some interpretations are plausible, others are possible but unlikely, and many more are impossible so they can only be forced on the text. In order to avoid and counter false interpretations of Qur’anic verses, we need to identify the various reasons for misinterpreting the Qur’anic text and how to deal with each.

Publication of Arabic Edition of “Khamsata ʿAshara Maktuban”

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I am very pleased by the publication of the Arabic edition of خمسة عشر مكتوبا (Fifteen Letters) by the famous Sufi Shaikh ‘Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani. The release of the Arabic edition follows the earlier publication of the English translation of the book. The book was published by "Books - Publishers," an imprint of "Al-Dar Al-Kutub Al-'Ilmiyya." This is the book page on the Publisher's website.

The Role of Emotions in a Supposedly Rational World: A Dangerous Oversight

We live in a world that glorifies few things more than reason. And rightly so. Everything around us reminds us of the power of reason and how it has transformed our lives. It gives us those analytical skills that are indispensable for making informed decisions. Reason allows us to distinguish between fact and myth. It gives us the ability to know the difference between assumptions that can be used temporarily as placeholders for facts, when the latter are not possible to obtain, to help us progress towards a particular goal, and other uninformed guesses that can only hinder our progress. Without reason we would not have excelled over all other forms of life that share with us this generous planet… Read the rest

Launch of “Islamic Rethink” and the “Islamic Rethink Journal”

islamic-rethink-logo-225x225 Islamic Rethink is an educational initiative that promotes an evolving understanding of Islam. It evokes the early Muslim spirit of seeking continuous learning and embracing growing knowledge, which is critical in a fast and ever-changing world that never stops posing new challenges and questions. This approach is also crucial to create harmony between Islam and other religions and philosophies in today’s world.

Jesus, The Untold Story: His Life and Message (4-hour Course)

jesus-untold-story I will be teaching a course on the life of Jesus at Keele University on Wednesday 10th/December/2014 from 17.00-21.00. The course will be based on the Qur'anic account of Jesus' life which I will contrast with the story in the New Testament and other Christian and historical sources. I will also make comparative references to relevant concepts and statements from the Old Testament and other Jewish writings. I will explain where the various accounts agree and differ.

Publication of My Translation of “Fifteen Letters (Khamsata ‘Ashara Maktuban)”

fifteenletter_180x287 A few months ago, my brother Faiz drew my attention to a very short manuscript of a book consisting of fifteen letters by Shaikh 'Abd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī. I found it very beautiful, I loved it, and I decided to edit it and translate it into English. I am delighted to announce the publication of the translation.

The Islamic Caliphate Between Past Myths and Present Delusions

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The Islamic caliphate is promoted by its advocates on the basis that it was an ideal system of Islamic government in the past that can be equally suitable and successful for the present and future. The fact is that this form of rule is completely unsuitable for use anymore, let alone it is impossible to implement.… Read the rest