The American administration has been struggling to come to terms with the unfolding events in Egypt and take a stand that has credibility and reflects any defendable principle. This was on glorious display in the 28th/January press briefing by Obama’s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. You could only feel sorry for… Continue reading
Until a few months ago, when the current economic downturn started, most Western politicians and media had no doubt that the main challenge that the world was facing is terrorism. This became the indisputable view after the atrocities of the 11th/September/2001. The term “terrorism” had been already conjuring up an… Continue reading
Eight and a half years ago, I wrote this article on the controversy of the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad. I tried to look at it from both sides and analyse what went wrong. Sadly, we have now been reminded of this controversy in the worst way possible, with the heartless, senseless, and inexcusable slaughter of French journalists. I wrote then: “There is absolutely nothing in the Qur’an that gives any Muslim the right to call for the beheading, killing, or physical harming of someone who insults Islam. The Qur’an stresses in many verses how the Prophet himself was being insulted and ridiculed, but there is not a single verse that states that the Prophet or Muslims should attack those offenders.” No one had the right to kill those journalists for publishing the cartoons. This murder is against the teachings of Islam and must be fully condemned by anyone who takes the Qur’an as the source of their guiding values and principles.
Should Muslims have knowledge of Jewish and Christian scriptures? This important question was the subject of a recent poll on this website. The voter was asked to choose whether “for the Muslim, knowledge of Jewish and Christian scriptures is”: “Necessary,” “Useful,” “Useless,” or “Bad,” or that he “did not… Continue reading
This website is dedicated to content about the Qur’an, so an article about the London bombings of the 7th/July/2005 may not look appropriate. However, there are two reasons that make me think that this is still the right home for such an article. First, terrorist atrocities such as those committed… Continue reading