Category Archive: HOT TOPICS

May 29 2017

Playing the Taqiyya Card: Evading Intelligent Debate by Calling all Muslims Liars

Source: https://yaqeeninstitute.org/en/omar-suleiman/playing-the-taqiyya-card-evading-intelligent-debate-by-calling-all-muslims-liars By Omar Suleiman and Nazir Khan (Yaqeen Institute) April 27, 2017 Trust is a basic element for human beings to live together amicably in a multicultural society. It is unsurprising then that propaganda that has driven societies towards genocide often focuses on depicting a minority group as inherently dishonest and dangerous. For instance, preceding …

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May 29 2017

Does Islam Force Itself On Others?

Source: http://www.virtualmosque.com/islam-studies/hot-topics/does-islam-force-itself-on-others/  By Mustafa Umar (Virtual Mosque), April 10, 2011 The Accusation One of the most common, yet groundless, accusations being made against Islam is that it forces itself on others. The picture presented is that if someone does not stop Islam, it will forcefully convert everyone, even at gunpoint. Here is one of the …

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Nov 05 2016

Unindicted Co-Conspirator : Uncharged Third-Party

By Priscilla Galstaun November 2016 The United States government has never formally charged the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a civil and religious rights advocacy group, with an offense. However, this fact is lost on a sizeable number of people who hate and fear all things Muslim. And state legislatures, preceded by the Federal government, bear …

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Oct 20 2016

Is Islam a “Religion of the Sword”? Part 3

From the Web Source: http://barakainstitute.org/articles/is-islam-a-religion-of-the-sword/ By Kabir Helminski and Hesham Hessaboula (BARAKA Institute) January 30, 2015:  See Part 1 of 3 HERE and See Part 2 of 3 HERE … Furthermore, when Muslims do fight in war, all is not “fair,” as it has been said. Islamic Law has always recognized principles of just war. Muslims are …

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Oct 14 2016

Is Islam a “Religion of the Sword”? Part 2

From the Web Source: http://barakainstitute.org/articles/is-islam-a-religion-of-the-sword/ By Kabir Helminski and Hesham Hessaboula (BARAKA Institute) January 30, 2015, See Part 1 of 3 HERE … Another set of verses seemingly declares that all non-believers are to be attacked and killed: “And let them not think—those who are bent on denying the truth [i.e., unbelievers]—that they shall escape [God]: …

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Oct 05 2016

Is Islam a “Religion of the Sword”? Part 1

From the Web Source: http://barakainstitute.org/articles/is-islam-a-religion-of-the-sword/ Image Source: http://www.themercifulservant.com/ By Kabir Helminski and Hesham Hessaboula (BARAKA Institute) January 30, 2015 There are a number of verses in the Qur’an that appear to call for Muslims to kill non-Muslims, and these verses have been too often quoted out of context with what appears to be a willful …

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Jul 30 2016

Infidels are to choose: Convert or Die – Part 2

By Hesham El Meligy July 2016 This is part 2 of a series where I discuss how a non-Muslim friend of mine forwarded an anti-Muslim email chain to me. The initial exchange with my friend is found in Part 1. Here is my lengthy response to my friend which addresses a number of theological issues regarding …

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Jul 27 2016

‘We Palestinian Christians say Allahu Akbar’

From the Web Source: https://www.rt.com/op-edge By Nadezhda Kevorkova (RT – Op-Ed) January 30, 2015 The only Palestinian Orthodox Christian bishop in the Holy Land speaking about the suffering of Palestinian Christians, their unity with Muslims in the Palestinian struggle, about Orthodox Christian martyrs, and Ukraine. Archbishop Sebastia Theodosios (Atallah Hanna), 49, is the only Orthodox …

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Jul 14 2016

Sharia, Fiqh, and Islamic Law explained

From the Web Source: http://abuaminaelias.com By Abu Amina Elias (AbuAminaElias.com) April 18, 2013 The Sharia is the collection of values and principles derived from the Quran and Sunnah that form the moral, religious, and legal teachings of Islam. It is distinguished from Fiqh (jurisprudence) which is the practical application of those principles in real life. In other words, the …

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Jul 06 2016

Infidels are to choose: Convert or Die – Part 1

By Hesham El Meligy July 2016 I received the following email from a non-Muslim friend and colleague. It’s about a chain email that is spreading misinformation about Islam and Muslims. I’m reproducing my email exchange with my friend so that I can publicly put this and similar issues to rest: *******

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Jul 02 2016

Islamic Scholarly Articles and Videos About ISIS

SeekersHub is an online Islamic academy. It’s an educational portal providing traditional Islamic teachings from reputable scholars and instructors. They provide online courses and in-person seminars, free of cost, using a curriculum-based approach to disseminating Islamic knowledge. Below, is the SeekersHub page dedicated to providing information about ISIS and extremism from a scholarly perspective rooted …

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Jul 01 2016

Blasphemy and Islam: a Colonial Legacy

From Around the Web Source: http://www.counterpunch.org By Faisal Kutty (COUNTER PUNCH) April 17, 2014 “Whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, …

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Jun 26 2016

Muslims have a long history of accepting homosexuality in society

From Around the Web Excerpt from: http://scroll.in By Shoaib Danial (SCROLL) June 18, 2016 Muslim societies have ignored their own history of accepting homosexuality, latching on to a twisted colonial legacy instead. Days after Omar Mateen went on a shooting spree inside a gay nightclub in the United States on Sunday, killing at least 49 people, clues …

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Jun 23 2016

Statement and CNN Interview About Orlando and Gay Muslims

From Around the Web:   On June 13, 2016, Muslim leaders and scholars across North America signed the Orlando Statement condemning the Orlando massacre and violence done in the name of Islam. Signatories included world renowned Muslim scholars such as Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, and many others. You can read the …

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Dec 27 2015

The Tyranny of Anti-Islam Internet Memes

By Ghanim Khalil December 27, 2015 The following essay will address the role that anti-Islam Internet memes play in the distortion of Islam and the demonization of Muslims. These memes originate from America and other Western societies, and are used to reinforce certain Islamophobic political narratives of our times. I will focus on a particular …

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Dec 18 2015

Muslims, Islam, and the Koran are NOT the Problem

    From Around the Web Source: http://fff.org By Jacob G Hornberger (FUTURE of FREEDOM FOUNDATION) December 17, 2015   One of the most fascinating aspects to the post-9/11 “war on terrorism” is the fixation of American statists on Muslims, Islam, and the Koran. “The Muslims are coming to get us,” they cry. “The Muslims have …

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May 21 2015

Anjem Choudary as ‘native informer’, and new Fox News ‘house Muslim’

By Will Coley May 2015 The entire concept of the ‘native informer’ is that they hold an association with a culture that the war machine is attempting to exterminate. Much like a native American who profits from telling stories of scalping settlers, or the “useful Jew” who assists the Nazis in hopes of saving himself …

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Mar 07 2015

Oklahoma Libertarians Form Human Chain to Protect Muslims From Bigoted Tea Partiers

From Around the Web Source: http://theantimedia.org/oklahoma-libertarians-form-human-chain-protect-muslims-bigoted-tea-partiers/ Nick Bernabe March 2, 2015 (ANTIMEDIA) Oklahoma City, OK — As Oklahoma Muslims descended on the state’s capital last week on February 27 for ‘Muslim Day’, they were met by bigoted reactionaries fearful over the supposed takeover of Sharia Law in America. The protesters resembled ‘Tea Party’ groups and …

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Mar 01 2015

Chick-fil-A Caters and Implements Sharia Law!!!! (So, what?)

By James Parsons M4L Guest Contributor March 1, 2015 Every time I hear some right-winger cry in fear that Sharia Law has come to the US, I laugh.  More often than not, the fear of Sharia Law comes from Christian Conservatives whose religious fanaticism make them quite devoted to Chick-fil-A.  But, what these fanatics don’t …

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Jan 11 2015

Lies, Lies, and Damnable Lies

PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL SHOULD CARE ABOUT THE TRUTH by Craig Dawkins M4L Guest Contributor, January 2015 I have grown weary of the constant assertion by Islamophobes who insist that Muslims have a duty to mislead non-Muslims as a practice to destroy them. This is not only untrue, but is often an intentional lie which …

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