Hijacked Agenda

At some point in our history, Islam was hijacked by well-meaning community leaders and turned into a religion of fear and compliance, rather than the balanced lifestyle that it actually propagates. It's that eternal struggle for balance that was probably lost when people veered from the practices of moderation and sincerity because of a fundamental …

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Trinkets of Distraction

As I walked through the 'sacred relics' chamber of the Topkapi Palace, I was mesmerised by the melodious recitation of the Qur'an. At first I thought it was a recording because of the consistency of the tone and pitch of the recitation, until I walked past the booth where the reciter set and continued reciting …

The Purpose of Life

When seeking purpose it is almost inevitable that the search will at some point prompt us to confront our most personally held beliefs about religion, spirituality, and faith. Strange though that many times this is equated with purpose despite most people not tying that self-proclaimed purpose to the manner in which they wade through life. …

Simply Complicated

A regular debate that I find myself caught up in is that of the views of interpreted Islam versus what I naively would like to believe is the simple and straight forward way of practicing Islam. I've always argued that the views of the scholars, especially the big four, were taken to the extremes by …

Islam versus Democracy

I've seen a number of people suggest that the current state of affairs in Egypt is proof that Islam doesn't work. I disagree. In fact if anything, it proves that democracy doesn't work. Then when there is an illegal coup that suits the ones with the physical might over the populace, it's framed as the …