“Seeing God” Through the Darkness

I realize it might sound strange, but I worry a great deal about the ultimate fate of those that I love, and even those I do not know. Not for some selfish reason of wanting to spend my afterlife with […]

Does Religion Make People Moral?

I wanted to share with you some great ideas written by one of my favorite authors, Mustafa Akyol: ‘Religion can work in two fundamentally different ways: It can be a source of self-education, or it can be a source of […]

Mecca Qur’an vs. Medina Quran

As-salamu alayka Ahmed, Can one believe ‘only metaphorically’ those parts of the Qur’an that refer to Jewish ‘history’ from the Old Testament? I put this in quotes because, to be blunt, it is common knowledge that the OT is partially […]

Why is the Qur’an written in Arabic?

Hi Ahmed, Please let me know if you could assist me with this. If Islam is the true religion of God, why did he cater the religion toward Arabs? Why is the Qur’an written in Arabic? It makes it extremely […]

Free Will and Sharia Law

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 […]

Sunnis, Shias, and Caliphate

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 […]