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  1. Salam, A long time ago I read a hadith along the lines of 'The tax of knowledge is to spread it'. I cant remember the source. Can anyone confirm if this is a hadith? If you have the original arabic then even better Thanks in advance
  2. Yes scholars have written refutations. I remember readings parts of some of them 10 or so years ago
  3. You concluded that 'most believers have faulty logic'. Logic is used to reason about everything not just religion. You cant restrict your conclusion to religion only. That would be completely arbitrary and unjustified.
  4. This argument undermines itself. If you can't trust yourself then you can't trust this argument.
  5. Salaam - 

    I'd like to ask a favor. I'm the writer of this blog which you had posted. We're in the process of re-publishing these, and your assistance would be appreciated.


  6. 1. There is no blind spot in our vision. Each eye has a blind spot, but the two eyes together don’t. This is why you can only detect a blind spot if one eye is closed. 2. Intelligent Design says some features of the world are best explained by design. It doesnt say all features are best explained by design. So even if the blind spot was best explained by evolution, it wouldnt refute Intelligent Design. 3. The blind spot is due to the optic disc. The optic disc is great. Ophthalmologists and neurologists love it as they can diagnose all sorts of different medical disease just
  7. I remember watching one of his videos a year or so ago in which he said that he was on 2 antidepressants, and had been for years. I respected his honesty, but found it ironic that someone who wrote self help books about how to live a meaningful life, and is taken as a role model and idolised by many, needed drugs to control his mood.
  8. Here is one answer inspired by a popular idea in contemporary political philosophy. The idea is from Rawls who argued that inequalities in society are just only if they benefit the least well off. For example its only okay to allow the existence of billionaires if their existence ultimately helps the poorest in society. We could apply this to the case of Prophethood and say inequality in elevating certain individuals is just only if it benefits the least well off, and it does in fact benefit everyone as it provides everyone with an immaculate role model to follow. Eventhough I like thi
  9. There are exeptions of course. I have heard Sayid Kamal alhaydery refer/quote both richard dawkins and michael behe, and explain the concept of irreducible complexity in Arabic! I think its only a matter of time before others take a more active interest. Hopefully it won't be too late
  10. This should be surprising because of the huge importance philosophy is given in the seminaries. One problem is the idea that once you've studied mulla sadra you've basically studied all there is worth knowing. Everything else is minor details. A second problem is that most contemporary philosophy aswell as most critiques of religion are in English. If the scholars arent exposed to whats out there because of a language barrier then they wont be making an effort to respond to it.
  11. Murder resembles lawful killing in many ways. Intention is important and can mean the difference between good and evil , eventhough outwardly things look similar. If we think there isnt much difference between zina and muta its because we underestimate and undervalue the importance of remembering Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and/or following His commandments when performing actions.
  12. As Muslims we recognise that there is nothing worse than being morally corrupted. We recognise that being morally and spiritually harmed is worse than being physically harmed. And actually this belief isnt just limited to Muslims - most morally decent people will acknowledge this. For example, they will say that it is better to be a good person who is disabled, than a bad person who is in perfect health. This is because moral health is more important that physical health. Now you would think that if moral & spiritual harms are worse than physical harms, then society should punish
  13. The Prophets marriage with Aysha is used by non-Muslims to attack Islam. Lets assume that the famous opinion that she was 9 years old is correct. I want to consider whether its morally problematic for us. ( yes its another Aysha marriage thread!!) I can think of 2 possible reasons, one concerns the child in the relationship, and the second concerns the adult. First the child: Child marriages are problematic because they harm the child. Whilst this is true today, I see no reason to think it was always true a thousand years ago. Society was just too different. There were no s
  14. ‘Idea Laundering’ in Academia How nonsensical jargon like ‘intersectionality’ and ‘cisgender’ is imbued with an air of false authority You’ve almost certainly heard some of the following terms: cisgender, fat shaming, heteronormativity, intersectionality, patriarchy, rape culture and whiteness. The reason you’ve heard them is that politically engaged academicians have been developing concepts like these for more than 30 years, and all that time they’ve been percolating. Only recently have they begun to emerge in mainstream culture. These academicians accomplish this by passing off
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