Sekülerlik Bahanesi: Tanrı Olarak Devlet

Fakat dini devletten veya siyasetten ayırmak, neyin özgürlük olduğunu ve neyin özgürlük olmadığını belirlemek, toplumsal huzurun en iyi nasıl sağlanacağını tartışmak sadece bu saydıklarımızın tanımlarını değil; aynı zamanda bu tanımların üzerine inşa edileceği yol gösterici bir prensip, değerler ve bir ideoloji de gerektiriyor. Continue reading Sekülerlik Bahanesi: Tanrı Olarak Devlet

Seerah in English: Martin Lings’ “Muhammed: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources”

The late Martin Lings’ (also known as Abu Bakr Siraj al-Din) Muhammad ﷺ: His Life Based On The Earliest Sources is among the seerah books written in English that have received widespread acclaim. Originally published in 1983, the book continues to be among highly-ranked seerah literature in the English language and read by scholars and laypeople alike. Continue reading Seerah in English: Martin Lings’ “Muhammed: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources”

In the Aftermath of The Gorgeous Prophet

In our symposiums, time and time again, the Prophet’s events and the chronicle of his life-stories, life-battles, are documented before us. However, in terms of the outward, the visage, that is, the gorgeousness of the Prophet—I aim to elaborate his beauty. What was his height? The footprint? Hair? The palpable delight of his face? How may we understand them all? Continue reading In the Aftermath of The Gorgeous Prophet

Islam and Progressive Politics: Considerations on Pluralism, Liberal Hegemony, and Foreign Policy

Here, I argue that progressivism appears to have rekindled neoconservatism (not surprising, as many current progressives were on the neoconservative bandwagon not too long ago), but this time without the “security” guise that Americans have grown tired of, instead with a pivot towards democracy and freedom. The War on Terror can be conveniently replaced with the war for democracy. This causes massive international damage to Islamic countries, who will face severe economic, political, and possibly even military pressure from adventurist foreign policies. This should challenge our assumed alliance with the Democratic Party, and that general justifications given for strongly allying with progressive coalitions at home, namely the possibility of pluralism and international restraint, are both false. Continue reading Islam and Progressive Politics: Considerations on Pluralism, Liberal Hegemony, and Foreign Policy

Is ‘God’ Meaningless? Exploring Theological Noncognitivism

What is theological noncognitivism? [1] Most people may not be familiar with the term, but more familiar with the sentiment. Theological noncognitivism roughly holds that all theological discourse is meaningless. Unlike atheism, which essentially rejects the proposition that “God exists,” theological noncognitivism holds that propositions like “God exists” are not even meaningful or intelligible in any way. To really understand this position, it is important to talk about the position’s philosophical origins.  Continue reading Is ‘God’ Meaningless? Exploring Theological Noncognitivism

Kejatuhan semangat kekitaan dan Individualisme yang semakin berleluasa

Walaupun, secara umum, kita tahu bahawa kita hidup dalam zaman “moden”, bukan zaman “pertengahan” mahupun zaman “kuno” dengan perbezaan teknologi dan norma sosial yang ketara, tetapi kita tidak cakna akan aspek-aspek yang lebih besar, lebih menyeluruh, dan lebih ketara yang ada pada zaman ini. Continue reading Kejatuhan semangat kekitaan dan Individualisme yang semakin berleluasa

Ms. Marvel and Muslim Representation

This critique is also not intended to be a chastisement of Kamala’s personal religiosity, nor of those who may resonate with her relationship (or lack thereof) with Islam. This is a call upon the western Muslim to think critically about what our goals are when it comes to this venue we are applauding. We need to evaluate whether inherently problematic arenas where power players with problematic agendas control the narrative are worth jumping into. Continue reading Ms. Marvel and Muslim Representation