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Archive for the day “August 21, 2007”

Holocaust Denial Undermines Islam By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

This article originally appeared in Tikkun Magazine, and is published here with permission.

Epistemology is a branch of philosophy that studies the nature and basis of knowledge. How do we know things? It also studies the veracity of “truth.” How do we know the difference between belief, knowledge, opinion, fact, reality and fantasy? The Greek philosopher, Carneades, believed that knowledge of reality, of what is true or false, is impossible, that nothing can be known with certainty; his philosophy is known as skepticism. It does not reject belief altogether; Carneades felt that our belief about any given matter should be subjected to intense scrutiny and then, using a scale of probability, we should accept or reject the likelihood of its truth or falsehood. But we must make no absolute claims to it. Another Greek skeptic, Cratylus, however, was more radical in his approach and believed that nothing could be known at all, and thus no statements could convey anything true or meaningful. He finally gave up talking altogether.Most of us are neither moderate nor extreme skeptics; we believe what our teachers told us. Although some of us learned later that perhaps a little skepticism was indeed warranted, we survived with our grasp of reality reasonably intact. We live in a world where facts are meaningful and opinions can be assessed, at least to the degree that we deem them sound or unsound. When it comes to religion, those of us who are raised in traditions often reject such assessments and simply believe what we were taught. For many religious people, skepticism is anathema, the work of the devil. However, our Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have always been concerned with and seriously interested in epistemology, because each of these faiths have profound truth claims that need substantiation or “believability.”

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The Face of Islam in America

From USA Today

By Cathy Lynn Grossman

HARTFORD, Conn. — Ingrid Mattson knows the media drill well.

She has done the “We condemn … (fill in the terrorism incident)” speeches — as if, she says, that’s all anyone needs to hear from the president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

She has done the profiles of her as first woman/first convert/first North American-born head of the continent’s largest Muslim group.

She has done the talk shows retelling how 20 years ago, she left the Catholicism of her Canadian childhood and her college focus on philosophy and fine arts to find her spiritual home in Islam.

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Qari Muhammad Minshawi Recites Surah As Saff

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Qari Antar Said Musallim Recites the Quran

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Ahmad Saud Recites Surah Muzzammil

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Qari Abdul Basit and Qari Tablawi Recite Surah Rahman

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Br. Suleyman shares his interesting story of his path to Islam and how the Quran made him a better person.

Selections from the Quran: The Kingdom that Day will belong in truth to the All-Merciful

The Kingdom that Day will belong in truth to the All-Merciful.

It will be a hard Day for the kafirun,

the Day when a wrongdoer will bite his hands and say,

‘Alas for me! If only I had gone the way of the Messenger!

Alas for me! If only I had not taken so-and-so for a friend!

He led me astray from the Reminder after it came to me.’

Shaytan always leaves man in the lurch.


– (Quran 25: 26-29)

Shaping Islam in America: 10 Young Muslim Visionaries Part 1

From Islamica Magazine


There is no shortage of discussion about what is wrong with Muslims and the Islamic world these days. From our perspective, it is also important to take time to acknowledge the good that comes from Muslims inspired by their faith. For this reason Islamica decided to profile a series of individuals who, we believe, represent the best that the Muslim community in North America has to offer. The group assembled varies widely in terms of occupation and background, but share in common three key characteristics: visionary leadership, innovative approaches, and a level of success that bodes well for America. The list is by no means comprehensive there are many others who may be equally deserving of wider recognition. What captured our attention in the following group was how their efforts stem organically from both their Muslim-ness and their American-ness without compromising or overstating either. In a time where religion is often the pawn of political ambition, the civic engagement practiced by these individuals is a refreshing example of how faith can motivate all kinds of wonderful things.

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The Quran Leads the Way to Science Part 3

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Hadith: A strong believer is better and dearer…

Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said,

“A strong believer is better and dearer to Allah than a weak one in all good things. Adhere to that which is most beneficial for you. Keep beseeching Allah for help and do not refrain from it. If you are afflicted in any way, do not say: ‘If I had taken this or that step, it would have resulted into such and such,’ but say only: ‘Allah so determined and did as He willed.’ The word ‘if’ opens the gates of satanic conduct.” (Muslim)

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