Category Archive: Islam

Apr 11 2017

Q&A: Is There a Concept of a State in Islam?

By Ramy Osman April 2017   The following is a transcript of a question-answer exchange between M4L Director Will Coley and author/journalist Mustafa Akyol at the International Students for Liberty Conference held in Washington DC in February 2017. Mustafa Akyol gave a talk titled “Islam and Liberty: Are they compatible?”, and this excerpt is from the …

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Apr 10 2017

The Concept of Freedom in Islam

From the Web Source: http://www.islamanswering.com By the authors at QuestionsOnIslam.com Freedom, both as a concept and as a value, has been denied to many individuals, groups, and nations. It has been often misunderstood and abused. The fact is that in no human society can man be free in the absolute sense of the word. There …

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Apr 09 2017

BBC Video: Tariq Ramadan: ‘Islam’s quiet intellectual revolution’

From the Web: Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-38987729 By Viewsnight on BBC (BBC World) March 13, 2017 Viewsnight is BBC Newsnight’s new place for ideas and opinion. Here, author and academic Tariq Ramadan argues there is an “intellectual revolution” taking place within Islam. This is a response to Graeme Wood’s Viewsnight: The rise of Islamic State is the …

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Apr 09 2017

CATO Event: Islamic Liberalism: Real or False Hope?

By Ramy Osman April 2017 The CATO Institute in Washington DC hosted an event on February 15, 2017 titled “Islamic Liberalism: Real or False Hope?” (see the video at bottom of this page). The event was a discussion/debate between Turkish journalist and author Mustafa Akyol and American author Shadi Hamid, moderated by CATO’s Ian Vasquez. Akyol presented …

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Mar 26 2017

Muslims Thrive in Free State Project, New Hampshire

From the Web: Source: https://freestateproject.org/blogs/mover-stories/origin-stories-goshe-thrives-new-hampshire By Goshe King (Free State Project) March 10, 2017 In February of 2008 when I became a U.S citizen, I was led to believe that voting was now my civic duty. Previously, I had been completely apolitical and for the first time I started to read the agendas between the …

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Mar 20 2017

Islam: The Religion of Libertarianism (Interview)

From the Web: Source: https://glibertarians.com/2017/03/islam-the-religion-of-libertarianism/ By Old Man With Candy (OMWC) (Gilbertarians) March 13, 2017   [An interview] in which a Palestinian Arab Muslim and a secular Zionist Jew find much accord. Many take it as a given that Islam and any notion of liberty are diametrically opposed. People are quick to point out the number …

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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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Aug 04 2016

Muhammad Ali Fought Against State and Religious Violence

By Ramy Osman August 2016   You don’t have to quote the Non-Aggression Principle to know that violence and aggression are wrong. It’s something that we’re taught from an early age – which is: be kind and considerate to others, and don’t be aggressive or violent. It’s called good manners, it’s called morality. 

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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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Jun 16 2016

The perseverance of Muhammad Ali

By Ramy Osman June 2016 The below video is an excerpt from a Friday sermon given by Muslim libertarian, Dr Imad ad-Dean Ahmad on 6/9/2016. Dr Imad ad-Dean Ahmad is the founder and president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, the first Muslim libertarian think-tank. www.minaret.org

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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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