Islam, Apostasy and Ex-Muslims: Time for a Paradigm Shift

Prominent among the contemporary criticisms of Islam is the concept of apostasy and its prosecution as a crime in Muslim majority nations. The opinion I have formed through my personal knowledge of the Quran is that it does not support punishment for apostasy. However, I do not aim to focus on a theological rebuttal of [Read More…]

The History Of The Soul

The Weaver of Parables rose and silence descended on the gathering. His face alone was lit by the fire he stood before; all else was shadow. When he spoke, staring into the flames, the darkness itself seemed to hearken: “The First Men wrote their history in the images that they painted and carved on the [Read More…]

The Clash of Civilizations: Time to Abandon This Ship of Fools

The anti-Muslim rhetoric of Donald Trump and the people that he seeks counsel from has raised a very dangerous specter. Namely that the idea of a civilizational clash between Islam and the West may become the framework for both the foreign and domestic policies of the government of the United States. Never before has there [Read More…]

Trump Action On Muslim Immigration: The Need for Unity and Alliances

News of Trump’s imminent executive orders on immigration was broken by The Hill and Reuters last night. What is clear so far is that one executive action will end refugee migration from several Muslim nations. Another executive order will ban visas for travel to the United States from an unspecified number of Muslim majority nations. Apart from [Read More…]

Muslim and LGB: The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

This article was cross-posted from the Huffington Post    “I fell a-weeping, and I cried, ‘Sweet youth, Tell me why, sad and sighing, thou dost rove These pleasant realms? I pray thee speak me sooth What is thy name?’ He said, ‘My name is Love.’ Then straight the first did turn himself to me And [Read More…]

Junaid Jamshed: The Ocean in a Drop

Photo Credit: Dawn.com This would have been a departure from the main theme of the blog were it not for the fact that the individual under discussion was someone who struggled with many an “opposite” of his own. “Was” It feels strange to use the past tense regarding Junaid Jamshed; one of the few true [Read More…]

Faith Without Empathy Is Like a Body Without a Soul

This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post     One of my first clear memories is a conversation with my father during a family visit to Masai Maara, Kenya. I had asked my father on arriving why some of the Masai women were bare-breasted and why this did not embarrass or shame them. My [Read More…]

A Ballad of Physics and Metaphysics

Entropy. Yes, this is a manuscript on matters of faith that begins with entropy. One could surmise that entropy is an idea so amorphous that belief in it is itself an act of faith. But I promise I’m going somewhere with this. Entropy has been defined in a number of ways, two of which will suffice [Read More…]