What caused the decline of the Muslim Civilisation?

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The historian and former banker, Benedikt Koehler, in his lecture on ‘Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism’ appears at a loss to explain what happened to the critical inquiry and dynamic underpinning that was the distinctive feature of the Early Islamic zeitgeist (watch from 49.05).

A young Hamza Yusuf once remarked bitterly in an old lecture that he was trying to calculate the exact day when all the Muslims collectively got together and – crank! – ‘switched their brains off ‘. (I will try and locate the exact lecture in due course.) Despite his frustrations in the joke, this notion – the implication – posits the ‘Closing of the Gates of Ijtihad’ scenario. We will explore this train of thought in due course (see below).

But what is being probed is the issue that where once the Muslim world was in a position of power, leading the world in sciences, economics and culture, now the same world has fallen to an all-time low. So what happened?

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Compare and Contrast: How do you kill a vampire?

(Exhibit 1: Dracula Untold trailer 2014, above)

Tread carefully through this museum of the macabre to unravel fact from fiction. Who was Dracula? Explore how the storytelling omits the ‘Muslim’ bit. And when it adds it in, Islamophobia mesmerises… it whitewashes the soul right out of you until you too are a lifeless, unthinking slave of the corporate bloodsuckers. But at least your vamp looks cool. Because looks are deceiving.

So QUESTION: How do you kill a vampire?

POSSIBLE ANSWERS (Check the 10 exhibits for the factional answer):

  1. Use garlic
  2. Thrust a stake through its heart; sever its head; burn the corpse
  3. Muslims required

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Release: A Critical Analysis of Jay Smith’s Mistakes About the Qur’an

“Christian apologists in response to this weakening of their scripture, are now attempting to weaken the stature of the Qur’an’s preservation. Muslims for centuries, since the Qur’an’s revelation have held strongly to the belief that it is God who would guard the transmission and preservation of the Qur’an as is mentioned explicitly in Surah 15, Verse 9…

Christian apologists have challenged the Muslim world to apply their methodology of Textual Criticism to the Qur’an, so that we may establish that the dismal state of the New Testament manuscript record is on par with the Qur’an’s.

Unbeknownst to them, Muslims have been practising stringent critical studies of the Qur’an’s manuscript tradition since its revelation. For centuries before the development of New Testament Textual Criticism as it is known today, Muslims have been utilising the science of ‘Uloom al Qur’an (the sciences of the Qur’an). One such field within ‘Uloom al Qur’an is ‘Ilm al Rasm al Mushaf, or the Science of the Writing of the Copies of the Qur’an…”

You’ve got to read this!

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An Unexpected Phone Call

 

Very interesting short clip. MashaAllah.

Three thoughts:

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When the walls come tumbling down

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For Dr Chris Allen in response to this

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1.

One looked upon the walls the ignorant and desperate had built.

The wall itself was building

Words upon words

Of

Shouting, cursing, gossiping, sneering, and laughing

With

Hate and greed and profiteering from propaganda, lies and spin…

His companion then spoke gently

To finally bring the truth in:

“Assault [prejudice] at the (proper) Gate: when once ye are in, victory will be yours; but on God put your trust if ye have faith.”

A clarion call.

And the walls came down, a-tumbling.

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Deadly Typos

ModWestMuse:

Meaning is everything. If you’re not getting is right, you’re getting it wrong

Originally posted on Ian Whiteman:

A typo, or typographical error, is a fairly commonplace thing and an inherent danger of the printed word. Historically such errors have at times produced catastrophic and very costly results. The lack of a hyphen in some computer coding cost NASA hundreds of millions of dollars in an aborted rocket launch and there are many more such examples. But by far the worst and most deadly typo in history is that of the Mardin fatwa written originally by Ibn Taymiyya (d 1328) who was from the Mardin area of Turkey at the time of the Mongol invasion. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibn_Taymiyyah

To scholars and students of this subject, this fatwa problem is well known, but for many who are not familiar with the subject, it is worth revisiting here as the fatwa is suddenly of immense topicality. The text was, and is still used by many militant terroristic groups to support and justify their killings of countless numbers of innocent…

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Are you a Christian or Paulinian?

Spot the difference: 1) “Worship God,” Said Jesus (as); 2) “Worship God, Jesus, Holy Ghost – who are three persons in one,” said Paul; 3) “Worship God,” said Muhammad (s)

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