Dear Ahmed, Does free will allow Muslim judges to choose the path of not sentencing someone? For example, you mentioned in class that “adultery, theft, and treason have single fixed penalties, but armed robbery, murder, and manslaughter have multiple penalty options. So judges have the option of sentencing for the latter, but not for the […]
This is an interesting question I received from one of my students a few years ago. I am sharing this with you because I felt you may find it beneficial and thoughtful. . . “Do you have any books to recommend? I’ve been reading through Muhammad: A Prophet for our Time by Karen Armstrong. Also, […]
This is an interesting email I received from one of my students a few years ago. I am sharing this with you because I felt you may find it beneficial and thoughtful. . . “I have some questions from last Monday’s Islam 101 class. 1) What is a caliph, exactly? I wrote down that it […]
A good friend of mine shared this with me so I’m passing this along: Dangers of Islamophobia: Dr. Marc Scarcelli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZASGOWgTYrk Thanks, Kashif!
The Prophet (peace be upon him) was once asked, “What is more important than prayer?” He replied, “The spirit of prayer.” He was asked what is more important than fasting – he replied, “The spirit of fasting.” For each question concerning an Islamic practice the answer was the same – the spirit that animates the […]
This is a story I told one of my online students many years ago. It is relevant for today’s climate, and I thought you would appreciate it. Enjoy!