Qur’anic vocabulary and terminology was preserved for good reason.

Qur’anic vocabulary and terminology was preserved for good reason.

Revisiting Qur’anic terminology and bending it beyond what is the known, established and intended meanings leaves the religion open to abuse and subversion. That’s why we get extremists like alQaida, ISIS and others and that’s why we get “insights” like “let’s have Jummah [Friday congregational prayers] on Saturday because the word ‘jummah’ just means ‘congregation’ and you can congregate for Friday prayers on Saturday” (I’m not joking) ! Extreme religiosity and extreme liberalism are two sides of the same coin,…

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Pious parents doesn’t always mean pious children

Pious parents doesn’t always mean pious children

People often get berated for being bad parents because their children are wayward. In a lot of cases it can be down to parenting and the parents spoiling their children, for sure, however, I know of many pious parents, who have raised their children well and have not spoiled them in the slightest, but for one reason or another a child of theirs has strayed. It matters not how good a parent you may be, sometimes your child’s circumstances and…

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Aqidah: more than just inherited belief.

Aqidah: more than just inherited belief.

When my youngest son was taking his Philosophy and Ethics GCSE a few years ago, the class were asked the question “if God is all powerful can He create a rock so big that even he can’t lift?” This is a question that will stump most religious people, particularly those for whom God is a big man sitting in a chair in the sky. It will even stump most Muslims who have not given much thought to the attributes of…

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