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Why Secularism Is Compatible with the Quran and Sunnah -- And an 'Islamic State' Is Not

Akbar Ganji | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

It must be emphasized that true secularism is not opposed to religion, and a secular democratic state will not only eliminate ethnic and religious discrimination, such as pitting Shiites against Sunnis, but will also create the conditions for the religious people to practice their beliefs free of the government. Islam and secularism are completely compatible. In fact, a true "Islamic state" is not only unjustified, but also impossible to establish.

The Challenge of Exclusivity

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 01.18.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

With apparently religiously motivated murders spilling innocent blood across our news screens this past week come serious concerns about the role of religion in our world. And when fear rules the day, increased violence is never far behind.

Closer Than Your Jugular Vein

Aamir Hussain | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

I find it interesting that the Quran mentioned critical veins of the head, rather than those of other organs that are just as important. Indeed, severing other large veins in the thigh, heart, or liver, for instance, would also cause death.

Prophet Muhammad's Example Is the Key to Stopping Terrorism

Qasim Rashid | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

Unfortunately, with the world still reeling from the horrific attacks in France that left twelve innocent people dead, anti-theists have jumped on the opportunity to continue their anti-Islam onslaught.

To Prevent Another Charlie Hebdo, Reconsider the Example of Muhammed

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Fathima Imra Nazeer

Accusations of racism or false analogies with racist cartoons do not make much sense either. Islam or Muslim is not a race, it is simply an ideology. Muslims belong to almost every race and ethnicity. This is about Muslims being unwilling to face criticism of Islam and Muhammed.

Charlie Hebdo and the Islamic Debate About Free Speech

Harris Zafar | Posted 01.08.2015 | Religion
Harris Zafar

When you hear extremists such as Anjem Choudary claim that people who mock Islam are required to be killed, tell him to go read the Quran and educate himself on the faith to which he claims allegiance but of which he remains ignorant.

Moses, Jesus, Mohammed and Company: The Critical Problem with the Prophet System

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

You can claim you talk to God in your prayers, but if you want to remain a member of one of the major religions you cannot claim that God has provided you with a revelation that contradicts the views of the accepted prophets of your religion.

The Battle for Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Does the situation of present-day Muslim society, marked by crisis, tensions, foreign interventions and political despotism, foster the reformist democratic Islam, or does it promote its violent and theocratic rivals?

Quran Is Not for Muslims

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

God is not the God of Muslims and no where he claims that in Quran. He is creator of the universe(s), which is within and beyond our imagination. Quran is a book of guidance to preserve the cohesiveness within and what surrounds us; people and the environment.

Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Honored by PEN Canada

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

So, proudly, claims the official website of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. If you were to ask imprisoned liberal Saudi writer Raif Badawi, you may hear otherwise. Or not. He may not be able to tell you what he really thinks.

Woman Arrested For Tweet Showing Red Stilettos On The Quran

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

A woman was arrested in Turkey this week after she posted a photo on Twitter of red-stilettoed feet standing on the Quran. The unnamed woman in her...

On Non-Violent Islamic Extremism (2/3)

Elham Manea | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Elham Manea

The absence of real reformation has paved the ground for the re-Islamisation process and the rise of political Islam, and from its womb ISIS.

Why Foreign Fighters Are Joining ISIL (Part 3 of 3)

Robert D. Onley | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Robert D. Onley

How do you convince the globe's Islamic radicals, and ISIL in particular, that life -- for its fighters, supporters, and its persecuted victims -- is in fact far better than death?

Why Foreign Fighters Are Joining ISIL (Part 2)

Robert D. Onley | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Robert D. Onley

Whether ISIL fighters are "brain-washed" or self-inculcated via the internet, the ISIL brand of radical Islam is turning men into remorseless killers.

On Non-Violent Islamic Extremism (1/3)

Elham Manea | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Elham Manea

I have a problem with two arguments in this whole debate on the rise of ISIS and Islamic extremism. One says Islam is not the problem and the other says Islam is the problem. Both fail to look at the roots of extremism.

Terrific Tashkent

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 12.08.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

Uzbekistan is an amazing place with very friendly people. Enjoy Tashkent, explore the city by foot and make an effort to meet some of the locals.

An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

Islam needs reformers, not moderates. Yes, it's wrong and unfair for anyone to judge a religion by the actions of its followers, be they progressive Muslims or al Qaeda. But it is appropriate and intellectually honest to judge it by the contents of its canonical texts.

Confronting ISIS Has No Military Solution

Akbar Ganji | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

History teaches us that military attacks and repression cannot eliminate ideas, particularly religious ones, from any society.

Sacrificing of Myself Rather Than Animal This Eid al-Adha?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Current year's Eid al-Adha calls for a conversation among Muslims and all global citizens. We intend to prompt the global conscientiousness regarding the need to help the needy as well as confront those committing crimes against their fellow man and our shared earth.

To Counter ISIS Propaganda, Let's Stop Treating the Quran as Infallible

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion
Fathima Imra Nazeer

Well-meaning Muslims claim that these Islamists have simply 'misinterpreted' the Quran. But have they?

Rebranding the 'Islamic State'

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

While these terrorists insist they are governing under Islamic law and are carrying out their atrocities in the name of Allah, they are nothing but thugs and assassins who are desecrating a religion and blaspheming the name of Allah.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 3)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

We recently decided to have an extended email conversation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) in Faisal's home country of Iraq, being called an "Uncle Tom" by white people, the existence -- or non-existence -- of a "moderate" Islam, and the one key factor needed to bring about a true Islamic reformation.

Does Islamic State's Brutality Really Have Nothing to Do With Religion?

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Fathima Imra Nazeer

It's time we take our blinders off and started openly talking about the connection between ISIS's brutality and Quranic literalism.

Would You Be Happy in Heaven?

William Irvine | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
William Irvine

What would life in heaven be like? The Bible repeatedly assures its readers that heaven is where they want to go, but provides almost no information about what life would be like there.

An Atheist's (Somewhat) Relaxed View of the Qur'an

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

Objectively, there's no denying that today Islamic extremism poses more of a threat than other types of religious fanaticism. There are complex historical, social, and cultural reasons for this. But this is not a matter of the text of the Qur'an being inherently more susceptible to intolerant interpretations than the Bible.