Simon Jenkins, who is a journalist I respect, wrote a very good article about the Boston terrorist attack. The title of the piece gives away its main point: After the bomb, mass hysteria is the Boston terrorist’s greatest weapon. He convincingly argues that the huge publicity that the “terrorists” behind this outrage are getting is exactly what they wanted. They wanted to disrupt the lives of people, and by politicians and the media spreading hysteria, they are helping the terrorists with their agenda. Continue reading
I will be giving the third Abdullah Yusuf Ali Memorial Lecture, which is organized by the Islamic Book Trust (IBT). The lecture will be at the Conference Hall, the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS), Jalan Elmu, off Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is on 16th of February 2013, 3.00 pm. The lecture is open to the public but priori registration is required. Registration is free. This is the registration page on the organizer’s website. For more information about the event, please visit the lecture page on the IBT website.
The event will also witness the launch by IBT of a paperback edition of my book Abrogation in the Qur’an and Islamic Law: A Critical Study of the Concept of “Naskh” and its Impact. I have therefore chosen for the lecture a topic related to this book: “Is the Mushaf a complete record of the Qur’an? The controversy of abrogation.” A summary of the lecture is available here on my website.
One of the unique and most innovative aspects of quantum mechanics is the concept that the state of any subatomic particle cannot be known before it is measured. For instance, before we measure the position of the particle, it can be in any of many possible positions. There is a certain probability that the particle will be any of these positions. Continue reading
America was recently shocked by yet another tragedy of an unprovoked gun attack on innocent victims. What made the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre particularly sickening and sad is that 20 of its 27 victims were young children aged 6-7 years. The widespread gun ownership in the USA is often and logically linked to such mass murders. In this article I argue that gun ownership is itself a symptom of a more fundamental culture of violence that expresses itself not only nationally across the USA but also on the international stage. Continue reading
I have recently criticized the Muslims who deny other people the right to question Islamic history and tradition, let alone react violently to them. In my article on The Misguided and Counterproductive Attempts to Silence Those who Question Islamic Tradition and History, I stressed that provided that someone’s point of view is not demonstrably intended to harm others, then they should have the right to express that view. I discussed a number of issues I have with those Muslims who try to prevent others from having a different reading and understanding of history or holding different views about what did and did not happen. Continue reading
I am delighted to announce that my following books are now available on Kindle from all Amazon websites:
Our translated book Purification of the Mind (Jila’ Al-Khatir), Second Edition is also available.
On the 28th/August/2012, the British TV broadcaster Channel 4 screened a program titled Islam: The Untold Story by historian Tom Holland. The program claims to trace the historical origin of Islam and concludes that Islam began later than traditionally accepted and was the creation of an Arab empire. Continue reading
The Islamic world is raging with anger at an offensive movie targeting Prophet Muhammad. It is understandable when people feel angry at any deliberate negative depiction of major spiritual and religious leaders and symbols. People have every right to express their feelings in demonstrations, in the media, and in any peaceful means. But this anger has developed in some cases into serious violence, which has been fatal at times. Furthermore, the targets of this violence are innocent victims who are not involved in any way in the offensive movie. Continue reading
My latest book Abrogation in the Qur’an and Islamic Law: A Critical Study of the Concept of “Naskh” and its Impact has been published by Routledge. The book is currently available in hardback only, but hopefully a paperback edition will be released at some point. The book is available from the publisher and all good book channels. It is currently available from Amazon.com but will be available from Amazon.co.uk in September. For more information about the book, see the book page on this site.