Secularism and The Spiderweb Simile of Surah Al-’Ankabut

The spiderweb simile found in Surah Al-‘Ankabut of The Qur’an occurs in reference to the recipients of God’s message before the time of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. The Surah recounts the stories of previous prophets who, despite having their faith tested by God, did not succumb to disbelief and were consequently rewarded. However, it also recounts instances of those who did succumb to disbelief; the ancient Arabian tribes of ‘Ad and Thamud, along with Korah, Pharaoh and Haman of the Old Testament, are mentioned in Ayahs 38 and 39 respectively as having rejected the messages of their prophets, instead constructing their own laws and principles to guide their lives. It is these types of figures to whom “those who take protectors other than God” refers; it is they who are represented by the spider in the subsequent analogy. Continue reading Secularism and The Spiderweb Simile of Surah Al-’Ankabut

Islamophobic Narratives: Meccan and Medinan Resistance

The Kunta federation played an important political and economic role in Maghribi history. Shaykh Bāy al-Kuntī founded a great number of zawiyas (religious schools) and sent missionaries to preach Islam in the Middle Niger and Western Saharan regions. Bāy al-Kuntī called people to jihad against the carnal soul, which the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ designated the greater jihad, as well as the return to the fundamental sources of Islamic jurisprudence. He believed he was the mujaddid (one who brings renewal) of the thirteenth century whom Allah called upon to restore the umma to its glorious past not only in West Africa but throughout the whole Muslim world. [1] The wide range of territories that encompassed his influence is said to be the largest area ever to come under the wing of an African Muslim without military conquest.  Continue reading Islamophobic Narratives: Meccan and Medinan Resistance

Merombak Perbahasan ‘Mukjizat Al-Quran’

“Keajaiban Saintifik Al-Quran”; tajuk yang lazim kita dengar dan tersebar di serata tempat, risalah di Masjid dan Surau, kempen Dakwah kepada Non-Muslim, dan paling memimbangkan artikel dari laman sesawang ‘Islamik’ dikongsi ribuan pengguna media sosial.  Bahan atau kandungan tulisan sebegini sering digunakan oleh pendakwah untuk membuktikan kebenaran Islam. Peliknya kandungan tulisan seperti ini tetap disebarkan setelah terbukti percanggahan yang berlaku dengan kaedah pendekatan yang digunakan. … Continue reading Merombak Perbahasan ‘Mukjizat Al-Quran’