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

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.

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

The Islamic Caliphate Between Past Myths and Present Delusions

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

The Newborn Christians and Jews that the World Really Needs

In January 2009, I published an article on my other website Qur’anicStudies.com that was triggered by a massive Israeli attack on Gaza, just like the one we are witnessing today. Everything in that article remains as true and relevant today as it was back then, so I am republishing it in full below.Read the rest

Silence that Amounts to Complicity: The Terrorism that Western Politicians and Media Don’t Talk About

Since the attacks of 11/September/2001 on the USA, terrorism has been presented in the West as the most immediate danger to the globe. You cannot read an “unbiased” newspaper, watch an “informative” news bulletin, or listen to an “honest” politician without the subject of terrorism coming up.… Read the rest