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?
We tend to be very forgetful creatures sometimes. We often lose focus and get caught up in the details of our day-to-day lives to such an extent that we don’t pause to consider the bigger picture. Even thinking about it causes people to feel uneasy; “forget that religious talk, let me just enjoy my life!”
As they say, ignorance is bliss. Knowledge is tough, because you have to grapple with the consequences of knowing things. You may be obligated to change aspects about yourself. And who likes to change themselves? It’s much easier to just remain the same.
Such a person chooses to remain asleep while the world around him beckons to a potentially deeper understanding. Continue reading
Verily, We have created man in toil. [90:4]
Life isn’t easy for human beings. Whether one is wealthy or poor, highly skilled or entirely uneducated, life is a series of tough choices. However, at the heart of it all is a single goal. Something keeps us going through the different trials and tribulations. It is a single idea, a hope, that after all the effort one puts into his day-to-day life, man will attain his dream,
If the human experience can be summed up in a single phrase, it would be the following: a search for gratification and contentment. Ever since the dawn of time, man has tried to find a sense of tranquility and peace within himself. Continue reading
In today’s world, music is a major international cultural phenomenon. As medium, its popularity surpasses other forms of entertainment to the point where finding someone who doesn’t listen to music is extremely rare. Music, it seems, is all around us. Now, this could be in part because music carries a significant cultural and historical heritage; after all, music is found in almost all cultures around the world. However, I want to go deeper; why is music such a major part of humanity? Something inherent about this medium creates great psychological demand. What part of our consciousness does music tap into to cause everyone to keep listening to it?
Part of the answer came to me one day when I boarded a bus, anticipating a four hour ride. I was sitting near the back of the vehicle when one person across the aisle caught my attention; he was wearing a pair of white Beats™ by Dr. Dre around his neck and looking out the window. Initially, I ignored him and wrote him off as just another hip student. Continue reading
One of the many wars the U.S. has waged has been the one called the War on Drugs. It refers to the ongoing struggle in maintaining the U.S.’s drug prohibition policies and the increasingly trafficked drug trade across the U.S.-Mexico border. Suffice it to say, it’s not going as desired. Drug cartels have sprouted and continue to be a problem for America.
So here’s the debate: Continue reading