In a world of rapidly changing beliefs regarding the nature of gender, more and more Muslims are finding themselves in the midst of a raging debate regarding the roles of men and women within the family unit, and more broadly – society at large. The traditional gender role of women in particular has become the biggest source of confusion within many young Muslim’s marriages, largely due to the proliferation of feminist thought, and changing beliefs regarding egalitarianism between the genders. The issue has become so significant that Dr. Julie Macfarlane, a professor at the University of Windsor writes in a report about trends in Muslim marriages that “different expectations and assumptions over the role of women inside and outside the home were the single most common source of marital conﬂict described by both men and women.” Sadly, the report also claims that the divorce rate among North American Muslims has risen dramatically in the past 25 years. Since happiness is largely a function of met expectations, the epidemic spread of unhappiness in marriage and the resultant divorce says more about the genders’ widely diverging set of expectations pre-marriage rather than any inherent individual incompatibility. Continue reading
When we talk about the importance of a multicultural society, we often talk about the value of accepting and promoting diversity. However, the word diversity is an ambiguous term because it is essentially defined as “variety” or “difference.” Diversity of what, exactly, are we going to consider as part of the obligatory moral and ethical fold? Continue reading
The debate surrounding abortion has been a wedge issue in America for many years. At it’s heart is the uncertainty regarding the definition of human life and when a fetus is deemed as possessing the full rights thereof. It is an appropriate debate for our times because it exposes our limited technical knowledge and highlights the role of religion in informing people’s beliefs regarding their very existence. If science cannot fully define “life” itself, we as humans cannot convincingly lay a foundation for the claims that we make in advocating for our own rights. We can agree that all humans deserve a set of legal protections, but when presented with an example of a “semi-” human or an incomplete human, people are essentially free to make any claim they want and draw lines in every permutation imaginable. Continue reading
With Islam under fire from large portions of Western society, there has been an understandable push to defend the legitimacy of Muslims as a whole. As a Muslim, I am sympathetic to this effort. However, the ways in which this defense is mounted is more often than not sub-optimal. Other times, it is straight up self-defeating. What do I mean by this? Well, before we can consider an intellectual defense of a belief system, we must first consider what Islam is, in of itself.
Homosexuality is not a phenomenon that is exclusive to the contemporary era. However, what is relatively new is the prominent belief that homosexuals are a specific category of people, similar to a race or ethnicity. Specifically, I am referring to the identity component of homosexuality, a belief in an innate “orientation” intrinsic to the individual. Social activists have made the case for a many new rights for homosexuals and others using this premise. Indeed, if heterosexual couples can get married, why can’t homosexual couples do the same? Why discriminate?
2011 saw the beginning of the current war and resultant humanitarian crisis in Syria. In fact, its refugee crisis is the greatest the world has ever seen since World War II. Yet, rarely do we see a concerted effort to promote policies that evoke the type of empathy that we feel when we reminisce about the horrible atrocities committed during the last great World War. We hear phrases like “never again,” yet we clearly have returned to an eerily familiar situation. With the rise of White Nationalism and the normalization of neo-Nazism in global political discourse, humanity has clearly failed to learn its lessons of the past. Or perhaps, we have chosen to forget. Continue reading
Often times the most potent arguments are not the most complex and intricate, but rather those that are simple yet resonate loudly. Even Muslims themselves can forget that. Sometimes we need a return to basics in order to find the answers that plague us. In the case of religion, no question is more hotly contested then the nature of Jesus Christ, upon whom be peace. As such, I have compiled a few excerpts from the Qur’an, speech of Allah Himself, to articulate what Christ’s role for humanity really is: