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What they say about the Quran

Without necessarily agreeing with all that they said, we furnish here some opinions of important non-Muslim scholars about the Quran. 1- ”However often we turn to it (the Quran) at first disgusting us each time afresh, it soon attracts, astounds, and in the end enforces our reverence… Its style, in accordance with its contents and aim is stern, grand, terrible …

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The Quran is the delight of the heart

Allah, the Exalted, revealed the Quran, to be a beacon of light that cannot be extinguished. It is a methodology and way of life that is perfect in all respects. In it is strength that cannot be equaled or repelled. It is the foundation of Eemaan (Faith) and the spring of knowledge. Allah willed that the Quran be what quenches …

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THE 7 TRAITS OF A FREE THINKER

We all have a certain degree of admiration for those forward-thinkers who were ahead of their time or for those free-spirited individuals who had the courage, the will and the foresight to speak out their minds despite risking being labelled as non-conformists and cast to the outer fringes of society. Well, truth be told, that is never a real threat for …

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Ramadan a challenging time for Muslim converts

If you ask most Muslims what they enjoy most about Ramadan, undoubtedly some will include the sense of community they feel. Their days start off with eating suhoor with family before dawn and their nights pass by with invitation upon invitation from friends to break fast together at sunset. It’s a great experience for most in that regard as we …

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Who dictates the terms of a loan agreement? 2:282

“O you who believe, when you transact a loan for any period, you shall write it down. An impartial scribe shall do the writing. No scribe shall refuse to perform this service, according to God’s teachings. He shall write, while the debtor dictates the terms.” 2:282 In 2:282 we read about the rules of lending money. One of the rules …

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Questions M’sian Muslims think about, but are afraid to ask

FOCUS: The majority of Muslims practice their faith quietly and reject terrorism, but newspaper headlines paint another picture of the Muslim world – violence, forced abductions, medieval punishments and intolerance. Many Malaysian Muslims would like to ask questions about their faith, but are afraid of openly asking them, for fear of reprisals. Here are three of the most pressing questions. …

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11 Ways To Stay Hydrated If You’re Fasting For Ramadan

If you celebrate Ramadan, you are currently fighting a constant battle against thirst from dawn to sunset. giphy.com To stay healthy and hydrated, follow this advice from Muslim registered dietitian Nour El-Zibdeh. 1. Do not drink juice to break your fast. giphy.com “A lot of people focus on juices because they are culturally used to breaking their fast with two …

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New Quranists: What Should You Expect?

So now you’ve decided: I am no longer a Sunni or Shia. I am a Quranist. I only accept Quran as revelation from Allah to the Prophet. You may see hadith as a body of humanly authored literature or at worst, a conspiracy against the Prophet and so, you’ve decided to give it up. Where does that leave you? Well …

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Non-Believers and the Qur’an: An Atheist Examines a Stupid Meme | Kile Jones

As an avid practitioner of social media, I have come to accept the sharing of overly simplistic, naïve, and hateful memes as commonplace. The digital marketplace is not minus the vitriol of the real world. But as a former student of religious studies, and an atheist interested in working with religious persons, there are times when I have to stand …

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ISIS and Radical Islam: An Atheist Examines a Stupid Meme | Kile Jones

In my last post, I examined a meme that attempted to show the Qur’an contains hate-speech towards nonbelievers. I argued that when we view the passages in the meme in textual and historical context, the Qur’an is not even close to hate-speech to non-Muslims. Additionally, I highlighted the perils of proof-texting by using simplistic and naive memes. In this post, …

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