Five questions from a Bigot

November 29th, 2005 by admin

Muslims and the 5 Questions

Somebody named Dennis Prager wrote a frankly bigotted op-ed for the LA Times asking “Muslims” 5 questions. The questions are fairly easy to answer in themselves, but the stupidity of the whole framework is what is objectionable. Why is it that our media personalities cannot think their way out of a paper bag? Why don’t high school civics courses alert them that there might be a problem with stereotyping everyone that you categorize as belonging to a particular group?

Prager begins his “questions” directed, apparently at all 1.3 billion Muslims in the world, by referring to the recent riots in France. He is thus framing Read the rest of this entry »

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On the Passing of Rosa Parks (1913-2005) by Imam Zaid Shakir

November 29th, 2005 by admin

As I was leaving my neighborhood en route to Tarawih prayers last night, a car ran through a stop sign and nearly crashed into my vehicle. Fortunately, I was able to swerve and avoid any contact. Reverting back to some pre-Islamic ghetto instincts, I immediately reversed, and sped up the street behind the reckless perpetrator. I caught up with the car about half a mile up the road and shouted at the driver, “Why don’t you learn how to drive!” The driver, a female, shouted back, “f____ you! Terrorist!” Apparently my Kufi, and my wife’s Hijab were sufficient evidence to indicate that we were Muslim. The word “terrorist,” dripping with deep contempt and hatred, based on a prejudiced view of two total strangers, sounded eerily like another word that symbolizes the worst sort of prejudicial hatred this country has known, namely, “nigger.”

Something foul is happening in this country as we move deeper into this post 9-11 world. The growing racist hatred and denigration currently directed at Read the rest of this entry »

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Have zero tolerance for apostasy

December 14th, 2004 by admin

I refer to the letter “Apostates angry with Islam or government?”

I, for one, am aware of the website that Shairul Fazleena is referring to. Although she asserts that she is not endorsing the apostates’ cause, let us state here very clearly that her suggestion that the Malaysian government should ‘review’ their policy with regard to apostates is tantamount to mocking the Deen itself.

It is without a doubt that apostasy is a very serious offence in Islam, and there are no ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ about it. However, individuals like Shairul are from the flock of ‘liberal Muslims’ who prefer to abandon the Qur’an and Sunnah injunction Read the rest of this entry »

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Concept of God in Hinduism

November 25th, 2004 by admin

Hinduism is commonly perceived as a polytheistic religion. Indeed, most Hindus would ‎attest to this, by professing belief in multiple Gods. While some Hindus believe in the ‎existence of three gods, some believe in thousands of gods, and some others in thirty ‎three crore i.e. 330 million Gods. However, learned Hindus, who are well versed in their ‎scriptures, insist that a Hindu should believe in and worship only one God.‎

The major difference between the Hindu and the Muslim perception of God is the ‎common Hindus’ belief in the philosophy of Pantheism. Pantheism considers everything, ‎living and non-living, to be Divine and Sacred. The common Hindu, therefore, considers ‎everything as God. He considers the trees as God, the sun as God, the moon as God, the ‎monkey as God, the snake as God and even human beings as manifestations of God!‎

Islam, on the contrary, exhorts man to consider himself and Read the rest of this entry »

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