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Month: March 2012

The Prophet Muhammed (saaw) responds to a case of Racism

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “He who has a white mother has no advantage which makes him better than the son of a black mother.” [Ibn al-Mubarak in Al-Birr] Some disagreement occurred between Abu Dharr and Bilal. As a result, Abu Dharr said to Bilal, “You son of a black woman.” The… Read More ›

A Dialogue between a Scholar and an Alcoholic [Islam wisdom on Alcohol]

Un Juif pour l’Islam – A Jew for Islam

Guest post by Ashmath, I have taken the title for this post from a description of Muhammad Asad, the former Leopold Weiss, who played an important role in bringing me to Islam. Unlike brother Asad, I am no world traveling adventurer, nor a renowned author and journalist. And although I hope to touch the lives… Read More ›

Who’s afraid of Shari’ah law?

The harsh punishments imposed under Islamic Law (though less harsh than those prevailing in Europe until comparatively recently) are the expression of principles which cannot be changed to suit our convenience; what matters, however, is not that the punishment should be inflicted whenever appropriate but that the principle should remain intact.  The prophet told his… Read More ›

George Galloway Savages SKY NEWS!

George Galloway speaking truth about Zionism to the Western media in 2006.

The Purpose of Life – by Rumi

The Purpose of Life – by Rumi You have learned a trade in order to earn a living to satisfy the needs of your body: now focus on learning your spiritual trade so that you can look after the needs of your soul. Here in this world you have become rich and wear expensive clothes: when you… Read More ›


Why were Adam and Eve Banished from the Garden of Eden in the Bible?

The banishment of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden is one of the most well known Biblical stories. As most believe, the reason why both Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden was because they disobeyed God and ate from the tree, and hence they committed sin, and as a… Read More ›

Who is Eric Brazau?

by Sadat bin Anwar There is a most interesting twist to the recent controversial story of a book sold in an Islamic bookshop in Canada that allegedly promotes “wife beating”.  The gentleman who claims to have made this accidental discovery while innocently browsing around the “Islamic Books and Souvenirs” shop in Toronto turns out to… Read More ›

Islamic Book Controversy in Toronto

By Sheharyar Shaikh A non-Muslim acquaintance recently sent me a photograph of her friend who was holding a recent copy of the Toronto Sun newspaper in his hand with the headline, “Is beating women allowed?” (or something to that effect), in reference to a marriage guidebook penned by the late Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, an… Read More ›


‘Pork Eating Crusaders’ show the world how to ‘win hearts and minds’

With tensions at an all time high in Afghanistan following the Qur’an burnings, the urination video, and the killing of 16 civilians, attention is now falling on a long line of “Infidel” apparel and gear. Exhausted from how they feel they’re being perceived, troops have taken to wearing patches and carrying items that label themselves infidels, and offer translation… Read More ›


Shabir Ally: ‘My Reflections on the Ally-White Debate’

Did Jesus Claim Deity? My Reflections on the Ally-White Debate Shabir Ally March 24, 2012 Christians and Muslims have been debating this question for centuries: “Did Jesus Claim to be God?” I would like to share some of my reflections on my March 22, 2012 debate with James White on the question. I noted in… Read More ›

A Review of the Ally/White Debate in Canada

by Sadat bin Anwar & Imad Ali The North American Muslim Foundation (NAMF) in Scarborough, Canada, was packed to the gills on March 22nd by an enthusiastic audience ready to watch these two respected debaters tackle the topic of “Did Jesus Claim Deity?” The majority of the audience was Christian, most of whom probably came… Read More ›

Upcoming MDI Debate: Is Belief in God Prohibitive or Liberating?

MDI Australia are proud to host this event with such distinguished guest speakers. 

A Clarification and Response to Tony Costa’s Comments on Midrash in Paul’s Writings

A CLARIFICATION AND RESPONSE TO TONY COSTA’S COMMENTS ON MIDRASH IN PAUL’S WRITINGS By Sadat Anwar I appreciate Tony Costa’s response to my review of his recent presentation at an interfaith symposium in Toronto.   Here are three quick points I would like to immediately clarify before moving on to my longer response: (1)  My… Read More ›

A Statement by the The Muslim Debate Initiative (MDI) on the recent killings of Jews in France

This month the world has been rocked by tragedy after tragedy. Still fresh in our minds are the March 11 attacks on two Afghan villages where US soldiers were reported to have lined up and shot their victims, and set them on fire. At least nine of the 17 killed were children. And now another unspeakable tragedy, this time in Toulouse,… Read More ›

Debate Review: ‘Islam and Reformation: What is the way forward?’

Article submitted by audience member So the long anticipated debate finally arrived. The evening began inauspiciously. We were promised the use of the spacious and air-conditioned Khalili Lecture Theatre but due to a booking error by the Student’s Union another group took possession of our room and our speakers and the audience were subsequently packed like sardines into a… Read More ›

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The Big Debate: Islam and Reformation: What is the way forward?

Islam and Reformation: What is the way forward? 16th March 2012 School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) Can Islamic civilisation be revived? What are the solutions for the problems in the Muslim world? Does Islam need reformation? Should Muslims borrow from Western Political systems? What is the way forward? Witness two speakers, with radically… Read More ›

Taqiyah: The Lie Made against Islam

This is the full free version of our DVD by the same title. Raymond Ibrahim claims its not true , that Taqiyah is only used when a Muslims life is in immediate danger. I said he was wrong and prove he and others who make the claim are all wrong! Raymond, I will debate you in… Read More ›

Refuting Anti-Muslim Apologetics Concerning Tawriya (creative lying as the bigots claim)

So, Raymond Ibrahim decided to respond to my refutation of his false claim that Tawriya gave Muslims open and unlimited permission to “creatively lie”.  1st off, Shadid means strong , firm, vigorous.(English-Arabic translator dictionary By F.Steingass pg.881) He attempts to mis-translate the meaning of my name, I assume to once again  convey the idea of the big, bad, evil,”… Read More ›

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Is the Shariah Inhumane? Abdullah al Andalusi – Lancaster University – 23 February 2012

A lecture by Abdullah al Andalusi – Lancaster University – 23 Feb 2012

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What happened to the original New Testament? Can we reconstruct it?

An interesting take on the problem by an honest Christian professor (whose website The Biblical World is well worth a look at) John Byron, Associate Professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary, writes One of my standard lines that I tell my students is that we have virtually none of the original manuscripts of the New… Read More ›

Tawriya: Islamic Doctrine of ‘Creative Lying’? Response to Raymond Ibrahim

Here we go again! Another lie created against Islam in an attempt to demonize and spread mistrust of Muslims. Be aware this is the same tactic used against Jews in Nazi Germany. Propaganda was created stating Jews had a teaching that they too could lie to gentiles when ever they pleased and we all know… Read More ›

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Islam and Reformation – A Public Debate – SOAS 16th March 2012


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