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On the Historical Muhammad: One Muslim’s reflection

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By: Salim Mansur                 AXIAL 2012

Since Albert Schweitzer’s classic study, The Quest of the Historical Jesus: A Critical Study of Its Progress from Reimarus to Wrede was first published in 1906, the inquiry into historical Jesus has become a major area of scholarship. Why was not the Jesus of the New Testament – the Jesus of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – sufficient for learning about the central iconic figure of Christianity? The answer to such a question, as John Dominic ...

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ANTI-ISLAMIC FILM AND MUSLIM VIOLENCE – THE WAY OUT

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Most Muslims loudly condemned the anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims”. They also loudly condemned the violent protest of some Muslims by killing innocent people, arson and plunder. This stand is admirable but I am afraid Muslims are missing something.

There is a root of Muslim’s violence to mockers in secondary scriptures of Islam. Sahi Bukhari, Sahi Muslim and in Sirat of Ibn Hisham/Ishaq (pages 551 and 675) record that Prophet (SA) killed Abu Afaq (120 years old), Asma Binte Mariam (a ...

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New moderate Muslim group aims anti-extremism message at youth – National Post

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Kathryn Blaze Carlson | Sep 11, 2012 6:22 PM ET
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“We want to provide an alternative for Muslim youth. It’s not just a question of slamming the extremists; it’s also about providing a different voice.”

A Muslim Canadian activist has founded a new group that will promote moderate Islam, saying there are too few progressive Muslim voices countering extremism in Canada. Raheel Raza, the Pakistan-born author of Their Jihad, Not My ...

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REFLECTIONS ON 9/11 TEN YEARS LATER – Salim Mansur

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CANADIAN OBSERVER

FALL 2011, Vol. 1. No. 2

As the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 recede further into the past, historians and others will seek to make sense of what occurred on that calm late summer morning where a mighty superpower was taken by surprise and to explain the significance of the event in terms of world history. Future historians, however, will have a better perspective of 9/11 and of the consequences that followed. They will be better situated to dispassionately ...

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I AM AFRAID OF SHARIA LAW By Hasan Mahmud

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I am a Muslim and I am afraid of Sharia law. Yes, Sharia law eliminated the century old culture of all kinds of whims of tribal leaders and kings applied as law. Yes, it may look inadequate by today’s standard but Sharia law standardized and codified people’s interaction with each other in all sectors of life. Also, the more than six thousand laws in Shafi’i or Hanafi law books are not bad either. It’s a small but critical portion that ...

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THE COOL WATER OF THE KORAN

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PJM in Seattle

February 6, 2007

“From water God made every living thing.”

-Surah Number 21 Ayah Number 30, Koran

A Letter on Islam written in response to a non-Muslim writer: “The problem with Islam is not the Koran, but Muslims and their respective understandings of the Koran that result in their differing conduct.”

by Salim Mansur

 

Dear Sir:

You ask me political questions and not questions about faith. You do not ask what Islam means to me as a person and others of my persuasion ...

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Arab Spring vs. Women’s Rights

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by Raheel Raza | June 21, 2012
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www.gatestoneinstitute.org

In a propaganda trap doubtlessly intended to cripple one politically – like so many others of its kind, such as “racist” – if a woman speaks in ways expected of a woman she is considered an inadequate leader; if she speaks in ways expected of a leader she is considered an inadequate woman. If you can dismiss the person, you can dismiss the issue.

In the “Arab Spring” ...

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