The Erasure of “Jahiliyah” and its Relevance Today

In traditional circles, the time period before the advent of Islam is known as Jahiliyah, which means "The Age of Ignorance." According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica: "In Arabic the word [Jahiliyah] means 'ignorance,' or 'barbarism,' and indicates a negative Muslim evaluation of pre-Islamic life and culture in Arabia as compared to the teachings and practices of Islam."... Continue Reading →

Musings on Fitrah

"Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true" -Thomas Paine [Credit: This Facebook post by Joseph A. Islam] I believe that all human beings are endowed with an innate sense of morality. This is confirmed in Surah Shams of the Quran. In Arabic, we... Continue Reading →

Witnesses: Financial Transactions and Adultery

In the Quran, no distinction is made between male and female witnesses in court (65:2, 5:106, 4:15), except during cases of financial transactions and suspected adultery (zina). Financial Transactions Verse 2:282 specifies the requirements for financial witnesses: "O you who believe! when you deal with each other in contracting a debt for a fixed time,... Continue Reading →

Inheritance Laws

Much fuss is made over the fact that women allegedly inherit half of what men inherit under Islamic law. This, however, is only part of the story. Leaving Bequests The Qur'an clearly stipulates that everyone is required to write a will when death approaches them. They are expected to leave reasonable bequests for close relatives and the... Continue Reading →

Notes on 2:228

Here's a traditional translation of verse 2:228, courtesy of Abdullah Yusuf Ali: "Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods. Nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah Hath created in their wombs, if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have the better right to... Continue Reading →

Why Do They Hate Us? The Causes of Extremism

The title is taken from Mona Eltahawy, although this post has nothing to do with her. This article reflects my personal understanding of terrorism as of 6/8/2017. Disclaimer: Some material is quoted directly from ISIS propaganda, so don't read if it's too disturbing. When discussions on extremism take place, one of several possible reasons is usually cited... Continue Reading →

Notes on 4:34

Update This post represents my previous understanding of 4:34, which has since evolved. When I first put up this article, I did not expect the response that I received. This article currently has several thousand pageviews and has been the subject of much discussion on social media, both from traditionalist and Quranist groups. Despite the... Continue Reading →

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