Dawkins’ Illusion: A Refutation of “The God Delusion”

Introduction More than a decade has passed since the release of the infamous The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. To call it influential would be an understatement, as the book sold more than three million copies in eight years and a number of different authors, including Alvin Plantinga, Michael Ruse, Richard Swinburne, William Lane Craig et al have exhaustively reviewed it. Despite such reviews, the … Continue reading Dawkins’ Illusion: A Refutation of “The God Delusion”

Ramadan: The Month of Anti-Imperialism

Muslims have grown accustomed to living in a perpetual state of defense as the price of their existence, readily deploying explanations for their religious and cultural practices. This may well be an acceptable and even advisable transaction to keep the peace in diverse modern societies, but with the holy month of Ramadan underway, one cannot ignore the distinctly modern tinges in the explanations circulating for … Continue reading Ramadan: The Month of Anti-Imperialism

Islamic Creed in a Secular World

Muslims often struggle to explain the crises of faith evident in the coming generation. “They need to pray more” or “they’re being ungrateful” are common, dismissive answers, which reduce crises into a damaging platitude. What is prayer without knowledge? What is gratitude without awareness of whom one should thank? These questions affirm that Muslims today face the loss of our connection with ‘aqida (Islamic creed). … Continue reading Islamic Creed in a Secular World

Ramadan: The Month of Qur’an

﷽ It was in the month of Ramadan that the Qur’an was revealed as guidance for mankind, clear messages giving guidance and distinguishing between right and wrong… [2:185] As we witness another Ramadan and receive its multitudinous gifts – those tangible and those intangible – it is incumbent for us to reflect upon the centrality of the Glorious Qur’an in this sacred month, and to … Continue reading Ramadan: The Month of Qur’an

Acknowledging The Role of Scholarship

Beyond a collection of facts, knowledge transcends the tangible and quantifiable. It is both production and consumption, providing structure, methodology, and substance: the sum of generations of thinkers, teachers, and students. The authority to transmit knowledge is reserved to those who have extensively studied and practiced it. Expertise within a field is a rare blessing and the onus is on laymen to take knowledge from … Continue reading Acknowledging The Role of Scholarship

An Admonishment to the Muslim Activist

“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