Oct 26 2016

As a Muslim American, I will vote my conscience this November. By abstaining

nope-for-trump-and-noper-for-clinton

From the Web:
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/24/muslim-american-i-will-vote-my-conscience-by-abstaining 

By Qanta Ahmed
(the guardian) October 24, 2016

I am an American Muslim with one vote, and no person for whom to cast it. I became a citizen less than a year ago. This is my first election and yet, I won’t be joining the millions of other Americans going to the polls.

How could I squander such privilege, particularly when so many Muslim women in the world never get to vote? Voting my conscience – by abstaining – is a painful decision. Friends are astonished by my dilemma. Yet Clinton, for some Muslims, remains a problematic choice, and one I am not able to embrace. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 22 2016

The Middle East and the Next Administration

By Dr Imad ad-Dean Ahmad
August 2016
Source: Minaret of Freedom Blog


the-middle-east-and-the-next-administration-youtube[These are selected highlights excerpted from Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr.’s address to the Middle East Policy Council’s 86th Capitol Hill Conference. The complete video and transcript of the entire conference are available at: http://mepc.org/hill-forums/middle-east-and-next-administration.]


The Middle East and the Next Administration: Challenges, Opportunities and Recommendations
[Excerpts selected by Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D., Minaret of Freedom Institute]

CHAS W. FREEMAN, JR. (Chairman, Projects International Inc.; Former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense; Former President, Middle East Policy Council) Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 20 2016

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

fitnah-trial-tribulation-oppression

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 strictly forbidden to commit aggression:

“And fight for the sake of God those who fight you; but do not be brutal or commit aggression, for God does not love brutal aggression” (2:190).

The next verse also says, “slay them wherever you may come upon them,” but if the entire verse is read, it is clear that the “slaying” is in also self-defense: Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 14 2016

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

quran-fight-those-who-fight-you

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]: behold, they can never frustrate [His purpose]. Hence, make ready against them whatever force and war mounts you are able to muster, so that you might deter thereby the enemies of God, who are your enemies as well, and others besides them of whom you may be unaware, but of whom God is aware; and whatever you may expend in God’s cause shall be repaid to you in full, and you shall not be wronged” (8:59-60).

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Oct 05 2016

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

quran verse kill them where you find them

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 disregard of the context in which they occur. Among these—and perhaps the most often cited—is the infamous “Verse of the Sword”:

“Kill the mushrikeen[1] (those Meccans who had declared war against Muhammad and his community) wherever you find them, and capture them, and blockade them, and watch for them at every lookout…”(9:5).

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Sep 17 2016

A Precedential Limerick

 

A Precedential Limerick
by Ramy Osman


 

Voting for an American president

You’d think is a major accomplishment

But people limit their choices

Silence their own voices

And then choose one of two incompetents Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 11 2016

It’s 9-11 Again

It’s 9-11 Again

by Ramy Osman


I can’t escape from the numbers 9-11
Appearing in places like an uncanny obsession
Many times it’s just a matter of when
That it’ll be 9-11 again

It could happen during the morning routine
Or in the evening, where it would feel like a dream

I glance at the clock no matter where I am
It’s 9-11 again

I’m on a schedule going places
Bus stop, train stop, airplane bases
Arrival time, departure time, it’s strange
It’s 9-11 again

I got out at terminal 9 gate 11
Rented a car at my own discretion
The license plate and mileage confirm the trend
It’s 9-11 again

The address with the Porsche matched its model
Posted a pic whose file size will boggle
I need to tell someone, message sent
It’s 9-11 again
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Sep 03 2016

The Libertarian Presidential Ticket Splits on Aid to Israel

US military Aid to Israel

By Dr Imad ad-Dean Ahmad
August 2016
Source: Minaret of Freedom Blog

 

The single biggest source of Middle East and Muslim resentment over American foreign policy is certainly aid to Israel, but it is a sacred cow to the major parties. As long as America gives unconditional foreign aid to the apartheid state it will never have an incentive to treat the Palestinians justly or to negotiate in good faith for a resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute. The Libertarian Party’s blanket opposition to all foreign aid could be a source of attraction not only to the rising number of American Muslim voters but to young American Jews increasingly unhappy with Israeli policies, but when their current Presidential ticket appeared on John Stossel’s recent Libertarian Town Hall meeting, VP candidate William Weld wandered off the farm to kow-tow to the Israeli lobby. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 14 2016

Muslim Libertarian Candidate for Minnesota Senate – District 14

steven zilberg for MN SenateBy Ramy Osman
August 2016

Steven Zilberg is the first Muslim candidate for senate in the state of Minnesota (14th District). He’s a native of Minnesota who converted to Islam while studying abroad in South Africa. He hopes to become the first Muslim Minnesotan senator as well as the youngest elected person from the city of St Coud.  Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 04 2016

Muhammad Ali Fought Against State and Religious Violence

Muhammad Ali against violenceBy 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

Allah in the Arabic Bible-GideonsBy 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 Islam, infidels and murder. My non-Muslim friend then eventually reached out and confronted the person who sent him the original chain email; But that’s for another time. Hope you find it beneficial: Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 30 2016

Will it be Hillary or Trump: Does it really matter?

trump or hillary[The following are excerpts from an article published on Crescent Online. Additions and deletions by M4L are contained within brackets “[ ]”.  – M4L admin]

From the Web
Source: http://www.crescent-online.net/2016/07/will-it-be-hillary-or-trump

By Crescent Online
(http://www.crescent-online.net) July 26, 2016

Many people naively believe that history-making is something good. What difference does it or will it make if Hillary Clinton has made history by becoming the first woman to win the nomination of a major political party for the presidential post? Donald Trump’s grab of the Republican nomination is also unprecedented but both are dangerous for the world. Either could easily start a nuclear war.

With Hillary Clinton becoming the first woman contender for presidency of a major political party, media pundits are over themselves about the historical first. True, Hillary’s securing the nomination is historical. So is Donald Trump’s grab of the Republican nomination since he is an outsider.

But these are irrelevant details. In the past, George W Bush’s election as president was also an historic first since his father George Herbert Bush had also been president, albeit for a single term. Later, Barack Obama made history by becoming the first black man to occupy the White House. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 27 2016

‘We Palestinian Christians say Allahu Akbar’

Palestinian Christians say Allahu AkbarFrom 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 Christian archbishop from Palestine stationed in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, while all other bishops of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem are Greeks. The Israeli authorities had detained him several times, or stopped him at the border, and taken away his passport. Among all Jerusalem clergymen he is the only one who has no privilege of passing through the VIP gate in the airport – because of his nationality. “For the Israeli authorities, I am not a bishop, but rather a Palestinian,” explains his Beatitude. When talking on the phone he says a lot of words you would normally hear from a Muslim: “Alhamdulillah, Insha’Allah, Masha’Allah”. He speaks Arabic, and the Arabic for ‘god’ is Allah, whether you are a Christian or a Muslim. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 14 2016

Sharia, Fiqh, and Islamic Law explained

Ibn-Al-Qayyim-Justice-in-Islam

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 Sharia may be called the spirit of the law, while Fiqh may be called the application of the law.

The values and principles of the Sharia have been mentioned by great Muslim scholars of the past. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 06 2016

Infidels are to choose: Convert or Die – Part 1

Allah in the Arabic Bible-Gideons-smallBy 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:

******* Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 02 2016

Islamic Scholarly Articles and Videos About ISIS

seekers hub

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 in the Islamic legal tradition. Read the rest of this entry »

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, and shall also be liable to fine.”

Pakistan Criminal Code Article 295 -C

     In a span of less than two weeks [in 2014], in two separate cases, three Christians — a couple and an another unrelated man – were sentenced to death and fined under this draconian provision of the Pakistani Criminal Code. A paralyzed church school worker, Shafqat Masih, and his wife Shagufta, were sentenced for sending text messages against the Holy Prophet. While Sawan Masih, a road sweeper from Lahore, was condemned to death after a friend accused him of making blasphemous remarks during an argument. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 26 2016

Muslims have a long history of accepting homosexuality in society

Muslim homosexual historyFrom 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 to his possible motivations are emerging.

[Yet] the 29-year-old was reportedly a regular at Pulse and even used a gay dating app. Reports of him having asked men out have surfaced over the last few days, with his ex-wife claiming she believed he was gay. She also said that Mateen’s father, an immigrant from Afghanistan, had mocked him for his sexual orientation. One of the first statements made by Mateen’s father after the shooting was, in fact, that homosexuals can be punished by God.

Stigmatizing homosexuality

Could the attack, then, have been driven by Mateen’s sexual orientation and the shame associated with homosexuality amongst Muslims today – rather than Islamist terror? “Transgressive sexuality and conservative religion can be a toxic mix,” writes David Shariatmadari in the Guardian. “If Mateen felt conflicted about his interest in gay men, it could have been because he believed his faith would condemn him for it”. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 23 2016

Statement and CNN Interview About Orlando and Gay Muslims

orlando statement by muslim communityFrom 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 full statement here: Orlando Statement website.

 

 

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf also gave a brief interview to CNN addressing several issues related to the Orlando attack and to Islams position on homosexuality. It is reproduced here:
Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 16 2016

The perseverance of Muhammad Ali

1465684983941-1828149915By 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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