“We need to change the direction of Islam in the west, and the way to change it is to bring it from a level of action to a level of intellectualism.” Thus did Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, the eminent scholar from Syria, articulate the scarcity of proper religious knowledge in the activist sphere. He continued to describe the result of such spiritual destitution by identifying the … Continue reading An Admonishment to the Muslim Activist
Across cultures, questions of purpose naturally and commonly come to occupy a significant place in one’s heart and mind. We all wonder about our place in the world, reflecting on what our families and friends mean to us and how long they will be in our lives. We inevitably search for an essence, pure and unchanging, something to which we can grab hold, in certainty, … Continue reading Is Secularism Secular?
Note: a revised and revamped version of this article was published in February 2019, which can be accessed here. Tradition is a word that evokes many different responses in individuals of the modern era. It is a term that is often misappropriated, misunderstood, and misapplied. In recent years, we’ve seen a growing trend from many people: Catholics, Muslims, Jews, and even White Nationalists, who suggest … Continue reading Reaffirming Tradition: An Introduction
Note: a revised and revamped version of this article was published in February 2019, which can be accessed here. بالعربية Picture this: You turn on the TV or scroll through your Twitter timeline and see people discussing a viral video, recent political development, or editorial in a major newspaper. Everywhere you look, someone has a hot take to give, and heated debates undoubtedly follow. Or … Continue reading Modernity: Why Dissent?