An anecdote about the Khawarij

The recent terrorist attacks remind me of similar incidents carried out by the Khawarij.

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بسم الله الرحمٰن الرحيم، وصلوات الله وسلامه على أشرف المرسلين

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

The Khawarij (a.k.a. “Kharijites” – literally, “those who leave”) are the only deviant sect in Islam that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ specifically warned about in detail. I don’t want to get too deep into their ideology here but I’d recommend seeing this very detailed video by Imran Mansur which explains the Khawarij, who they are, and how ISIS are from among them. Continue reading “An anecdote about the Khawarij”

Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Islam

Bill Maher and Sam Harris clash with Ben Affleck about Islam – this is my response. I actually agree with Maher on one point: liberals should stand up for liberalism. What that actually entails, though, is a different story.

(Updates 1 and 2 below.)

بسم الله الرحمٰن الرحيم، وصلوات الله وسلامه على أشرف المرسلين

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

It might seem like I’ve been writing a lot of responses and refutations of critics of Islam lately. My intention in creating this blog was not to make it only about refuting criticism; I want it to be more broad than that. However, I’ve noticed a surge in hatred of Islam and Muslims in the media (traditional media as well as social media), mostly caused by what ISIS is doing in the name of Islam. So I feel like I need to respond to that.

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Why has ISIS risen?

An analysis of ISIS’s rise from both a military as well as an ideological perspective, plus an Islamic refutation of some of their beliefs and actions.

Bismillah was-salaatu was-salaamu ‘ala Rasoolillah.

In Sha Allah, this blog post will be divided into three (3) parts: the first, dealing with military reasons why ISIS has risen; the second, ideological reasons; the third, a brief refutation of their beliefs and actions from an orthodox Islamic perspective. (Note: I’m not claiming to represent orthodox Sunni Islam. I’m just basing my reasoning on its principles.)

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