Mistaking Islam for a State: Misunderstanding Religion and Revering False History

sultan-uthman The fascination of some Muslims with the concept of “Islamic State” or “caliphate,” and according their attraction to ISIS, reflects serious misunderstanding of both Islam as a religion and the critical function of the first Islamic state, i.e. the one founded by the Prophet. It also shows ignorance of or deliberate overlooking of the un-Islamic aspects of the later Islamic empires.

Ramadan 2015 Timetable Using Mecca’s Length of the Fasting Day

ramadan-calligraphy There seems to be growing acceptance that the length of the fasting day of Ramadan in high latitude places is too long for many if not most people to observe. Jurist have already addressed this issue in light of the fact that it is subject to “ijtihād” or “personal reasoning “. One proposed approach is to use the length of the fasting day in Mecca or Medina in in places where the time between dawn and sunset would be too long to fast.

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.