Malaysia’s Tiger In Waiting 16/02/2014Posted by Asadullah Ali in Malaysia, Politics, Sharia.
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On January 8, 2014, the Coalition of Malaysia NGOs (COMANGO), made up of 54 separate human rights organizations, was judged by the Malaysian Home Ministry as an “unlawful organization” that “champions rights that deviate from Islam” and subsequently banned from operating within the Muslim majority country. Two months prior, the Malaysian Muslim activist group, Jati, had declared “war” on COMANGO for their flagrant disregard of Islamic values and Malaysian sovereignty. Quoted in the Malaysian newspaper The Star, Jati president, Datuk Dr Hasan Ali had declared that COMANGO were “wolves in sheep’s clothing” who demanded a “call for the repeal of the Syariah law, which will eventually see the demise of Islamic laws that are a core foundation in Islam” after the latter had submitted a report to the UN, accusing the ruling party (Barisan Nasional) of human rights violations and suggesting reforms that would drastically alter the nature of the state. COMANGO claims that the accusations and the subsequent banning were unwarranted, though their UN report unashamedly suggested otherwise. For instance, the report calls on Malaysia to fully accede to the Declaration of Human Rights, which though advocates many good measures for mankind, in other ways clearly violates Islamic Law and disregards the historical and cultural differences that make up contemporary Malaysian society. For instance, the Declaration very clearly states in article 16.1 that “[m]en and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family”. To adopt this article, Muslims would be coerced into violating the Sharia by being made to allow marriages between self-proclaimed Muslims of the same sex. Another article (18) states that “[e]veryone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance”. In other words, apostasy, which is considered a criminal act under Islamic Law for Muslims, would have to be abolished, and heretical views acting in the name of Islam, would have to be legalized and allowed to publicly challenge orthodox views, thereby undermining the state. The Declaration also calls for full freedom of expression, even if such expression violates the sanctity of Islam (A.19). It further goes on to state that governments should be chosen strictly by the will of all the people within the nation (A.21.3), regardless of historical or cultural circumstances. This of course is detrimental to nations like Malaysia, which since independence, has declared Islam as the supreme religion of the land and granted Malays full government control. Calls to end the current nature of governance disregard very clear and justified concerns in light of an extreme anti-Islamic and materially privileged minority population seeking power.
[IL]logical Critques of the Qur’an 08/09/2013Posted by Asadullah Ali in Refutation.
Before getting back to the more pertinent concerns regarding the Enlightenment Project and its vicious attacks on Islam, I thought I would get a bit of practice in after a long time away from this blog. Recently, there has been a popular argument floating around the interwebs in regards to the supposed “illogical nature” of the Qur’an. One such passage that has garnered a lot of attention as of late, is from Surah an-Nisa, ayah 82:
اَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُوۡنَ الۡقُرۡاٰنَؕ وَلَوۡ كَانَ مِنۡ عِنۡدِ غَيۡرِ اللّٰهِ لَوَجَدُوۡا فِيۡهِ اخۡتِلَافًا كَثِيۡرًاDo they not ponder about the Qur’an? Had it been from any other than Allah, they would surely have found in it much inconsistency.
Eid Mubarak (1434 H.) 08/08/2013Posted by Asadullah Ali in Uncategorized.
Asalaamualaikum and Eid Mubarak! May Allah (swt) shower His blessings upon all the Muslims that fasted the Holy Month of Ramadan and may He grant them all peace, forgiveness, and pardon from their sins. Amin!
Also, we wil be back online with new articles in the near future, but took a major break over the last month so as to focus more on ibadah. Now that the Holy Month is over, we will commence our mission and do some major updates to the blog, for the sake of pleasing Allah (swt) and bringing knowledge to the ummah. Thank you to all those who have been patient and supportive of this blog since its creation.
A recent article by the daughter of the former power idol of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohammad, decided she wanted to weigh in on the recent controversy revolving around the future canings of 24 women and 17 men who were accused of committing the crime of adultery (more specifically incest). Writing in The Star, she complains about the recent ruling, but for reasons entirely absent from Islamic thought and even the rhetoric of the more rational elements of the feminist movement. Not only that, but her argument is full of fallacious reasoning, making it apparent that while she certainly inherited her father’s status, she didn’t get the gracious portion of his intellect.
Prophets vs. Pedophiles [Part 3] 09/06/2013Posted by Asadullah Ali in Refutation, Sharia.
The Nature of Islamic Law
In Part 1 we covered the scientific anomalies apparent in our detractors understanding of childhood throughout human history, and in Part 2 we attempted to examine the underlying moral philosophy they adopt that colors it. In this final portion, we will attempt to conclude our analysis by showing the true nature of Islamic Law and how it applies to the case of Prophet Muhammad (saws) and his relationship with Aisha (ra), along with how it functions today.
Our detractors may also introduce a number of misconceptions while analyzing this refutation, so we will try to get those out of the way immediately before moving on.
Firstly, it should be noted that this research does not intend to justify contemporary marriages defined as ‘underaged’ and we condemn those practices outright given that current conditions do not allow for justice to be optimally reached for those sort of relationships. As such, we consider such marriages to be unjust. If our detractors attempt to read this as a justification of said marriages in the contemporary period, let them end those doubts here and allow for the research to speak for itself.
Prophets vs. Pedophiles [Part 2] 20/03/2013Posted by Asadullah Ali in Philosophy, Refutation, Sharia.
A Moral Compass
In Part 1 we discussed the contemporary scientific understanding of childhood in the past and how it drastically opposes present day objections against the Prophet Muhammad (saws) and his relationship with the young Aisha (ra). We found that in all areas of cognition, biology and social fitness, younger people of the past cannot be portrayed in light of our present day experiences of children. In other words, ‘children’, back then, had to adapt to the given conditions of their natural and social environments, thus not really making them children. Given these facts, moral judgments that are easily applied to today would be fallacious to apply to antiquity. Conclusively then, Klingschor and those who believe that the Prophet Muhammad (saws) had committed an immoral act by marrying Aisha (ra), are simply incorrect.
Though we touched up on their invalid biases, this portion of the presentation will focus more on the philosophical underpinnings that influenced such misinformed judgments. While this philosophical model does not apply to all critics of the accusations against the Prophet (saws), it does appear to apply to most. This model is a form of Enlightenment influenced morality called ‘Moral Progressionism’, or the idea that somehow societies have or are capable of becoming more moral than those before them. Perhaps a widely accepted view in most of the Western world today, it underpins moral judgments towards past societies and cultures. Unlike the utopian constructs of most religions and its followers, which see a better world in the far future as a result of a Transcendent God’s Will and Power, Moral Progressionists attempt to construct such a world in the here and now. This does not mean, however, that religious individuals have not likewise adopted this view, despite what I believe, is in contradiction to their own scriptures and past authorities.
Prophets vs. Pedophiles [Part 1] 17/03/2013Posted by Asadullah Ali in Refutation, Science, Sharia.
The Magic #9
A common accusation brought against Prophet Muhammad (saws) in our contemporary age is that he had committed an immoral act of sexual and emotional violence against children and has sanctioned the same sort of violence for all those that attempt to follow his teachings. By marrying a young girl of 9 years of age, he has been accused, by the unbelieving community, of being a pedophile or a child molester. Klingschor  is one of them, though he chooses the latter of the two accusations. Though it is easy for him and others to conjure up the magic number 9 as an attempt to refute Islam on moral grounds, as we shall see however, this numerical rabbit trick is simply an illusion based on fundamental misunderstandings. It is in my view that he and others with similar mentalities, have not fully comprehended the nature of historical man, both socially and biologically. Further — and I believe this to be the most important and influential flaw of their thinking — they have misunderstood the nature of morality and Islamic Law.