Bina Shah is a writer for NY Times, Muslim feminist, and a stellar journalist. She has written many articles that I do enjoy and find valuable for public discourse. I highly advise you to read her work.
However, she has recently spouted a cliche fallacy on the discussions around Islam. She has suggested that Bill Maher and Sam Harris should not discuss Islam reform because they’re white men. We had a twitter exchange in response to this. Below are screenshots of our exchange.
When you grow up in a religion you are told that if you pray to God with pure intentions, God helps you out. I would ask Allah for so many interesting things from childhood until apostasy. Here’s a list of things I would ask Allah for (please keep in mind I used to think differently): Click for more!
In today’s climate, Islam is the most politicized religion in the world. There are Islamist parties and uprisings worldwide. There have been countless terrorist attacks in the western world where the attacker was a lone wolf terrorist “self radicalized” into the Islamist ideology. Every time a drawing or mockery of Muhammed becomes widely circulated, Muslims all get offended and the extremist Muslims become really violent. Click to keep reading!
Linda Sarsour was the head of the Women’s March in the United States. There is a great irony and contradiction in letting someone who deflects criticism from the misogynistic Saudi Arabia lead the Women’s March. Let’s examine some tweets. Continue reading →
Earlier today a young man named Abdul Razak Artan attacked civilians in the Ohio State University Campus. He attacked and injured 9 people with a butcher knife before he was killed by the Police. As of this moment, the authorities are still investigating whether it was an act of terrorism.
I came across this captioned photo of Abdul in social media.
During the month of Ramadan, a state owned fuel company in Jakarta, Indonesia is offering two liters of free petrol per chapter read to motorcyclists. There are prayer rooms set up in the gas stations to accommodate this endeavor. The program organizers say the goal is to promote Islam in society. Click for more!
Coming from a Sunni-Sufi background, there was a great emphasis on dreams and visions in my religious upbringing. People would have conscious “visions” and dreams of Prophets, angels and jinns coming before them and sending them a message about the truth, dreams etc. This would have potentially dangerous effects because if a religious authority had a dream that someone he knew was fornicating, that person would get into unwarranted trouble. Even though it could easily have been just a dream.
We called these visions “Kashf” and they were believed to be messages from Allah and the Prophet.