Of Science & Religion

I’m no scientist, and I do think I will never have the intellectual capacity to ever be one. But I have always been intrigued with science – from biology all the way to what lies in and beyond the cosmos. However, as a person of faith, I’ve always felt like there was a glass ceiling between religion and science, that these two subjects were mutually exclusive and can never be converged. Continue reading Of Science & Religion

The Truth About Radicalisatiom

Very rarely are Islamist movements religion-driven. They are mostly political movements hiding behind the guise of religion. As something that people hold close to themselves, it is very easy for elite powers to use religion as a tool to make masses succumb to them. This might go unnoticed, as it is being propagated through diffused fundamentalism, which I have written about in a Malay Mail column titled “Are we falling into religious fundamentalism?” Continue reading The Truth About Radicalisatiom

So who is the real enemy here?

I saw a tweet yesterday that said we had to stop Syiah from spreading because all Shiites are inherently violent people. So I wrote this tweet (which I then deleted):

“Jangan bagi Syiah berkembang sebab Syiah kejam? Kalau macam tu, Sunni pun jangan berkembang lah sebab puak ISIS tu semua Sunni.” (Don’t let Syiah spread because they are evil? If that’s the case, Sunni Muslims shouldn’t spread either because ISIS are Sunni Muslims.)

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The Prophet and Women

In a time where women were seen as objects of inheritance, Islam gave women the rights to inheritance. In a time where women were seen as personal properties, Islam gave women the right to possess personal property. In a time where women were seen as objects to be collected, Islam gave women the right to reject and divorce. In a time where unlimited marriages were common, Islam regulated and restricted polygyny. In a time where women were silenced and voiceless, Islam also gave women the right to testify. Continue reading The Prophet and Women

Contextualising the Qur’an

Many people have questioned me when I told them that it is important to understand the Qur’an in the context of which it was revealed. They misinterpret it as me saying that the Qur’an is now irrelevant and is applicable only during the time of its revelation. They argue with me, saying that the Qur’an is eternal and that contextualising it is un-Islamic, or even worse, anti-Islamic.

Is it possible for the Qur’an to be contextual and eternal at the same time? Continue reading Contextualising the Qur’an