Moderate and Progressive Muslims

Archive Post for February, 2017


Hinduism, the Greatest Religion in the World

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Religion is man’s association with the Divine, and the ultimate objective of religion is realization of Truth. Forms which symbolize Truth are only indications; they are not Truth itself, which transcends all conceptualization. The mind in its efforts to understand Truth through reasoning must always fail, for Truth transcends the [ Continue reading…]


Religious Minorities Under Muslim Rule

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Religious minorities are often depicted as oppressed and vulnerable victims of their Muslim rulers. This portrayal, however, is far from accurate. In January of 2016, scholars from around the world gathered in Marrakesh, Morocco to discuss a very pressing concern: the status of religious minorities in Muslim-majority lands. This issue has [ Continue reading…]



Abuse allegations against Catholic priests are on the rise in the Philippines

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Sexual abuse allegations against Catholic priests in the Philippines are on the rise, according to senior church investigators. But a new 101 East documentary reveals that prosecutions of priests alleged to have committed sexual abuse are extremely rare in Asia’s largest Catholic nation. Some alleged victims say they have been pressured not to [ Continue reading…]


What Makes Christianity so Special from Other Religions?

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One aspect of Christianity is so amazing, that it impresses even the CBS Evening News. Quick, name the practice that most sets Christianity apart from the non-Christian world. Respect for human life? Not really. Religions such as Jainism have, if anything, an even more uncompromising prohibition against harming any living [ Continue reading…]


Can A Muslim Woman Marry A Non-Muslim Man?

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The sole intent of this essay is to preserve the future of “American Muslims” and keeping them within the fold by expanding the fold to be reflective of God’s boundlessness and extending Prophet Muhammad’s mercy to the entire universe. The answer to the question has always been an emphatic NO. [ Continue reading…]



Did Muslims Fight to Convert People to Islam?

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War has always been a difficult subject for objective analysis. Given the nature of humankind, one cannot imagine a world without wars. What we can do is to have a code of rules for war. Islam provides such rules, which remain ever nobler and more realistic than any other code [ Continue reading…]


Does the Quran Force Jews and Christians to Submit to Islam?

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The Quran states the following: INNA ALLADHIINA KAFARU SWAA ON ALAYHIM ANDHARTAHUM AM LAM TUNDHIRHUM LA YUMINOON, (Quran 2: 7). Muslim commentators render the following interpretation: ‘God hath set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and on their eyes is a veil; great is the penalty they [ Continue reading…]


Structure of the Quran

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Aayat (verses): The Quran is divided into Ayahs or signs, commonly translated as verses. An ayah may consist of a full sentence more than one sentence or part of a sentence. What makes an ayah is revealed knowledge not a decision of the Prophet Muhammad or any scholar. The sequence [ Continue reading…]


Angels in Islamic Concept As Portrayed by Quran

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(In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, all praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger) Angels are beings that, according to Muslim concept, are there to perform worship of the Almighty Allah. These angels are very important in reference to [ Continue reading…]


Have You Seen Isa in the Quran?

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Have you taken a good look at Isa in the Quran? I mean a really good look… Have you seen Him. Yes, that’s a capital ‘H’ in the previous sentence. There’s a good reason for it. You see, Isa means Jesus. Some argue this point and say that Islam doesn’t [ Continue reading…]