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Critiquing the Critique of Early Islamic History [Hadith 1 of 5]

 

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The main argument about the criticisms of Early Islamic history has been put forward in recent times by Tom Holland, the fiction writer and historian (Islam – The Untold Story). His argument can be summarised as:

  • The religion was invented – about a century after the Arab Conquest – to justify Muslim rule; and
  • Prophet Muhammad did not exist at all (in the way history, so far, has told us).

Putting aside the absolute hilarity of his claims, his points have, nonetheless, been critiqued – as weak – in many places, the most succinct of which (on the net) includes:

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Does Islam Need A Reformation? Debate

Theo Hobson identifies that though there is a stronger secular liberalism, which he acknowledges as more aggressive, he does spell out the existence of a softer, more inclusive one too. He asks the Muslim panel if they recognise and acknowledge the latter, softer type. I sense it is this question that is perceived as being (apparently) ‘skirted’: an accusation from the non Muslim party. The way the Muslim panel respond is as though this softer type of secular liberalism either doesn’t exist or doesn’t matter even if it existed. Presumably, this is because of soft liberalism’s perceived irrelevance given the current context of tighter measures around freedom and self autonomy ostensibly against terrorists but actually against mainstream practicing British Muslims. I sense the non Muslim cannot fathom the motivation for the Muslim panel’s defensiveness. They are accused of ‘playing the victim’. They respond: they’re merely representing reality.

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Is Humanity Better Off Without Religion?

A brilliant debate. A must watch video.

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Public Debate: Is Humanity Better Off Without Religion? Dr Robert Stovold vs Abdullah al Andalusi – http://wp.me/p3k8xr-3dq

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Hobbes’ Folly: The Creation of Secularism and a new Intolerance

A must read…

Abdullah al Andalusi

Article published on MDI (6th January 2014)

thomas_hobbesThomas Hobbes (1588 – 1679 AD) is renowned in Western history as being the father of modern Western Political Philosophy. His seminal book ‘Leviathan’ established the foundational ideas and concepts for what would later be called Secularism and Liberalism. Hobbes argues that the purpose of government is exclusively material, namely, the prevention of in-fighting and disorder between people. Government was required because, according to Hobbes, ‘the time that men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war, and such a war as is of every man against every man’ (‘Leviathan’).

In Hobbes’ time, Christianity was heavily dominant in politics, with wars between kingdoms fought over different interpretations of Christianity – mainly on the question of whether or not the Catholic Church and Pope should have spiritual authority over Christians, and Christian…

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What is Authentic?

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Checking out a dictionary for the word ‘Authentic’ and you will probably find an answer like this:

Adjective

  1. Of undisputed origin; genuine.
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On how Identity can Mind-Lead you away from Truth

Mind-Lead from Truth

Often the ‘truth’ in what someone says (with mouth)

Is unheard (by ears),

When we see (with eyes)

The speaker is not of our own kind (with our minds, closed).

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By Arif uz Zaman

January 2013

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Dawkins on Religion

This was a very interesting discussion.

In brief, Mehdi Hasan explains that “in trying to disparage faith, Dawkins and his allies constantly confuse evidence with proof; those of us who believe in God do so without proof but not without evidence.” (Emphasis added – mine.)

This is an important point. The Qur’an constantly asks us to ‘reflect’, to use our ‘reason’, to look at nature, for instance, and see or recognise the clear ‘signs’ or ‘evidences’ for God. Why the sense of mystery? Or the sense of ‘seeking God’? Well that’s precisely because of a certain conception of life that this religion, Islam, takes – as opposed to an Atheist’s conception. Islam sees life as a sojourn, journey and a test, whereas Atheism doesn’t, necessarily. This conception will undoubtedly steer one’s perspective prior to any ‘debate’ to very different directions. That’s the first thing to mention.

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