Coronavirus and Muslims

  “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms —…

Rebellion, Orthodoxy and Hamza Yusuf

  After an extended hiatus from blogging, I was compelled to write this article after witnessing the barrage of insults and attacks directed towards Shaykh Hamza Yusuf through a range of social media platforms including as Facebook and Twitter. Admittedly, I have a propensity to jump to the defence of people who are at the…

Student Loans are Permissible in Islam

I wrote a significant part of this article quite a while ago, but didn’t have a chance to complete it. Now that I have completed it, I hope it benefits people.   It’s that time of year again, students have completed their courses in various establishments of Further Education, whether it is A Levels, BTECs, Level…

Islamic Law, Homosexuality and the ‘Pulse’ Massacre

Recently we met ‘Ikrima the Liar’ in the incident of the Governor of Punjab and his killer. I spoke about the Islamic verdict on non-Muslims insulting the Prophet PBUH in a Muslim land. I demonstrated the opinion of Abu Hanifa (i.e that such people are not to be killed) from both the early and later…

Islamic Blasphemy Laws and the Strange Case of Mumtaz Qadiri

I often look at the online fatwas and talks of Islamic ‘scholars’ and wonder if perhaps they are deliberately trying to arm Islamophobes or to further garner harassment and vilification for Muslims with their bizarre pronouncements. What makes me really sad is that they never couch these as their own idiosyncratic and extremist positions but…

Burning Gays and Beating Wives: The Abuse of Discretionary Punishment By Muslims

In light of my previous article, which clarified that there is no death penalty (nor necessarily any kind of physical punishment or incarceration) for even public and witnessed homosexuality in Islamic law, which I was compelled to release after the tragic shooting at the ‘Pulse’ nightclub in Orlando, which had caused Islamophobes and Salafists alike…

Quranists V Hadithists

I wrote this article approximately a year ago,  but due to workload and focusing on other issues it was left sitting on my computer. I was asked by some brothers to release something new, and therefore I took this article and edited so that it was not specific to any particular group or scholar, but…