Are religion and science mutually exclusive? Does the knowledge of how things work “prove” that God does not exist? My study of Medical science and the Qur’an (and Bible) over the past few decades has enabled me to review this subject objectively. I will be sharing my thoughts on the rather controversial subject of religion vs science with you in a series of articles. This is part 2 of a series of articles on this subject. In my last post,… Read more

Are religion and science incompatible, or mutually exclusive? Does the knowledge of how things work “prove” that God does not exist? Conversely, does God ask the believers to forbid Science? As a medical scientist and a “religious” person myself, I will dispel some myths in a series of articles. In the next several articles, I will highlight specific topics from scientific and religious perspective as they relate to the cosmos, planet earth, animal kingdom, plant kingdom and us- the humans…. Read more

Republicans are  viewed as a party of Bible-loving Christians. But are their Christian values reflected in their actions and policies? I often see them holding signs for Jesus in one hand and the US flag on the other- as if Jesus was American, or as if America is for Christ-lovers only. It seems the party is fast becoming less diverse and increasingly white men’s party, despite conscious efforts by part leaders to change that perception. But is it just a… Read more

I don’t write rebuttals to my blogger colleagues on Patheos, but this post from Hemant Mehta was impossible to resist. Hemant Mehta, the ‘Friendly Atheist’ blogger on the Nonreligious channel at Patheos published a post today titled, “What’s the Main Source of Global Conflict? Survey Says: “Religious Beliefs”. I could not disagree with Hemant more- at various fronts. Hemant quotes a survey conducted by US News and World News. … but a new survey from U.S. News & World Report says that 30%… Read more

Hate and fear leads to violence and in some cases dehumanization. In the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. On the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, we are seeing huge crowds at the 2nd Women’s march all over the nation. I was honored to be a speaker at last year’s women’s march in Walnut Creek-East Bay, the largest I have seen in my 30 plus years living in the area…. Read more

This post is more about your health ( and flu) than faith. However, from my recent experience at Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah), I know very well that your spirituality takes a hit if you are physically ill. Physical, mental and spiritual health cannot be separated, and are part of the whole you. We need to do what we can to educate ourselves and pass that education to others. Who knows this may save a life. …and if any one saved… Read more

The Qur’an has its own “I have a dream” passage that can serve as a guide to help improve the race relations and bring social justice. But how many Muslims can honestly claim they don’t have racial biases in their daily lives? As the nation observes the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, we must ask whether we have achieved the dream of Dr. King. Has the nation made any progress in race relations and… Read more

President Donald Trump sunk to a level that may be considered low even by his own standards when he reportedly uttered the derogatory and racist comments in a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators on immigration yesterday. “Why are we having all these people from sh**hole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the senators. El Salvador and Haiti were specifically mentioned but his hateful comments were directed to Africa- yes- the… Read more

Updated- Tuesday January 23, 2018: Just heard the news that the accused rapist and killer of little Zainab has been apprehended. He is a 24-years neighbor of Zainab’s family and the DNA testing has linked him with the rape and murder of 7 other girls in the area. The government of Pakistan is promising swift proceedings in the courts. I hope and pray that they have indeed caught the beast and that justice will be served swiftly.  This is by… Read more

Muslims and atheists theologically may be the polar opposite but do they have anything in common when it comes to coping with grief, mental health, morality and ‘war on Christmas’? Few months ago, Matthew Facciani, an atheist blogger on the Nonreligious channel, and I engaged in a cross channel dialogue. We have decided to continue our dialogue. Part 2 of this conversation covers topics such as how we cope with personal loss (grieving), basis for morality and ethics, mental health,… Read more

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