April 5, 2018

Despite the newfound fame under the Trump administration and the rising tide of Islamophobia, Islam and Muslims remain arcane in the west. When I first came to the United States some 35 years ago, Islam and Muslims were relatively unknown. Sure there was the Israel-Palestine conflict and the Islamic revolution in Iran that Americans were very familiar with. Beyond the politics, very few knew much about Muslims and Islam or the difference between the two. I recall one of my… Read more

March 27, 2018

I have been a subject of rather hateful comments from some of my Christian ‘friends’ on social media during the 40 days of Lent and the Holy week. Lent is a time to commemorate the 40 days of Jesus in the desert. Christians spend time in remembrance, self- sacrifice, repentance, fasting and alms-giving. The Holy week for the Christians is a time to remember the last week of Jesus after he entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, leading to the crucifixion… Read more

March 21, 2018

It was perhaps ironic that the Austin serial bomber blew himself up. But when does a ‘serial bomber’ become a terrorist? When is a mass murderer reported as a terrorist? In the media reporting at least, it depends on who the culprit is, rather than the act itself. More specifically, it depends on whether the culprit is a Muslim or not. Even a cursory review of the reporting makes the media bias rather clear, as we will see in the… Read more

March 20, 2018

Humans have been asking this question for ages: What’s the purpose of our creation? Why are we here? This may be a moot question for the atheists. The evolution vs creation debate notwithstanding, as a believer, I searched the Scriptures looking for the answer. The answer from an atheist evolutionary perspective is rather simple- at least in its most superficial form: we fortuitously evolved into the human form. We started from nothing, which evolved into a biological cell, and through… Read more

March 17, 2018

Do the Qur’an and the Bible support the flat earth theory, or the science on the subject of a round earth? Where is the belief coming from that they do? Though the concept of a spherical earth was developed in ancient Greece around the seventh century BCE, starting with Pythagoras, the issue of spherical shape of the earth remained rather unsettled until the sixteenth century. Aristotle had hinted at the spherical shape of the earth some 330 years before Christ…. Read more

March 11, 2018

As a person of faith, do you pray? (prayer as in asking God for something, or ‘Du’a’). And if you do, what Du’a, or prayer is nearest to your heart, or moves you the most? What’s your MVP-Most Valuable Prayer? This post is coming more from the heart and faith perspective. And I don’t mean to belittle the significance of the prayers by drawing a parallel with something as mundane as what is used in sports all the time. I… Read more

March 3, 2018

Who is the “founder” of Islam? Who “brought” Islam? Most would respond by saying Prophet Muhammad. Many Muslims would give the same answer. But that is not the correct answer. One may say it is only partially correct. The traditional thinking is that Islam was born in Arabia in the early Seventh century C.E. That is also only partially true. Before you get upset, let me explain. The Qur’an describes Islam as a universal religion with a much broader meaning…. Read more

February 25, 2018

The creationism and evolution theories are often viewed as being at odds with each other. But are we really dealing with an either/or situation? This post’s focus is on the big bang and the possible origin of life from water and will explore whether we have to pick and choose between Scripture and science. The Big Bang Theory The model of the Big Bang was based on the observation that the distance between galaxies is increasing, indicating that the universe… Read more

February 17, 2018

The Church of England just issued a set of commandments to the followers to reduce the use of plastic products over Lent in order to save the environment from its disastrous effects. The church’s 42 dioceses are being encouraged to participate in the “Lent Plastic Challenge” in order “to reduce the actions which damage God’s Creation”. For Anglicans Lent is the time when we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, facing challenge and temptation. It is… Read more

February 15, 2018

How many kids have to die before we will realize that the problem is not mental health. It’s sickening to see the videos from the Parkland high school shooting. Do they not have mentally ill people in Canada and France? Do you see the same type of gun violence there? Of course not. That’s because they have better gun control laws. I am tired of having to keep writing a post- did that after Las Vegas shooting, then Texas church…… Read more

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