Abortion: Beyond the polemics

Recently Alabama and Georgia passed new laws on Abortion.1 The new laws are so extreme that it was even criticized by a televangelist.2  In contrast to New York a few months back3, these two states have gone the opposite direction eliciting nationwide outrage from activists and celebration from conservative circles. As is the case, some […]

The Quranist Fallacy: How Quranism Ultimately Undermines the Quran’s Authenticity

In the 20th century, a fundamentalist doctrine, known as Quranism, began to emerge which called for the sole reliance upon the Quran as a source of Islamic law and guidance. Proponents of this new doctrine thus rejected the authority of traditions ascribed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, known as hadiths. The basis upon which these calls […]

Hadith and The Myth of the Telephone Game

A common argument today that attempts to undermine the reliability of hadith is the claim that the transmission of hadith is analogous to that of the Telephone Game. The Telephone Game  (also known as Chinese Whispers) is a children’s game where a message is initiated by a player and consequently whispered through a series of […]

Global Capitalism in Perspective

When Adam Smith’s much celebrated and equally venerated book, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, or The Wealth of Nations for short, was published in 1776 he had prosperity at the back of his mind. The Western branch of economic studies took a new turn after the groundbreaking publication by Smith. The […]

The Question of Hadith and Politics

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A concern that regularly surfaces amidst discussions on the reliability of early Islamic primary sources is whether the authorship of those sources was under direct influence of governments and political authorities of the time. Such appeals put the integrity of those sources into question: how can we rely on sources that were prone to influence by a multitude of external factors that may have compromised the integrity and sanctity of their contents?

What is Islamic Discourse Initiative?

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What is Islamic Discourse Initiative(IDI)? Right now, the best way to describe IDI would be, it is a work in progress. It is nowhere close to what I envision it to be, but it is getting there. Slower than I would like, but it is getting there. IDI will be an Institute for Independent Researchers […]

The Authentic Signs of the Hour

A compilation of the authentic narrations of our Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) regarding the Islamic Eschatology or the End-times. Eschatology is a fascinating topic for many. However even among Muslims there is a habit of spreading exaggerated or even fabricated reports for the sake of sensationalism and sometimes personal agendas. This report Insha Allah will give […]

Assessing Nigeria 2019

Assessing Nigeria 2019 is an analysis made by Umar Abu Ammar Ahmad that looks in depth into the developing sociopolitical trends in Nigeria. The Federal Republic of Nigeria is located in West Africa. Nigeria is often referred to as the “Giant of Africa” due to its large population and economy. Download to read the in-depth analysis. […]

Theology, Orthodoxy and the Question of Hadith

Sentiments like, “All hadith were forged to spread and promote orthodox beliefs” gain traction and are accepted by some without critique. Upon closer examination, this sentiment doesn’t seem as coherent as its proponents would like to portray. In this article, I will explain the three principles that can be used to critically analyze such statements […]