Aqeedah (Theology), Contemporary Issues

The Muslim Response to Why Evil Exists Despite a Merciful and All-Powerful God

This is an issue, often referred to as ‘The Problem of Evil’, that I have been thinking about over the past year or so. A number of responses have been written on the topic by Muslims and it is definetly worth a read. Before I share links to those responses, I have the following important points to make on the subject based on my own research: God never promised a perfect world. He never said that this world will not contain injustice, problems, etc. In fact, he explicitly says the opposite. We are told from the very beginning of Adam’s…

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Aqeedah (Theology)

Islam: Not All Paths Lead to God. Just One

There is this false idea among many people today that all paths lead to God and all religions are equal. Unfortunately, this idea has also crept into the minds of some Muslims and I have discussed it previously in another post. This belief is in complete contradiction to explicit verses in the Qur’an, statements of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and the historical consensus of Muslims scholars, where Islam is seen as the only way to salvation and the only religion accepted by the Creator. For example, there are numerous verses in the Qur’an that criticize idol worship, polytheism, the divinity of…

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Aqeedah (Theology)

What Muslim Scholars Opined on Takfir (Excommunication)

Dhahabi relates in his Siyar A’lam al-Nubala’ that Zahir al-Sarakhsi said: “When Abu ‘l-Hasan al-Ash’ari drew close to death in my house in Baghdad he called me and I went to him. He said, ‘Be witness that I do not make takfir of anyone from the people of the qibla (i.e. Muslims), because they all make reference to the same deity, just their verbiage is different.’” Dhahabi then says, “I also take the same as my belief. Similarly, during the end of his life, our Shaykh Ibn Taymiya used to say, ‘I do not make takfir of anyone from this umma.’…

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Aqeedah (Theology), Dawah/Non-Muslims

Atheism: Doubting Your Doubts

I have come across a very interesting talk by Asadullah Ali, a convert to Islam. He has two philosophy degrees and a very unique take on the atheist debate. He’s been dealing with them for years on different platforms and it really shows in his articulate delivery of his arguments. In the lecture below, he addresses the following three issues often brought up by atheists: The problem of evil – If there is an Almighty and Merciful God, then why is there is so much suffering and evil in the world? The problem of representation – This is when atheists…

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Aqeedah (Theology)

Why Mainstream Muslims Cannot Accept Ahmadis As Muslims

Disclaimer: Following article is written from an exclusively theological point of view and in no way suggests unjust persecution of Ahmadi community. Harassment and persecution against any community is wrong and should never be tolerated. People are free to believe and not believe as they want. A Muslim’s job is only to deliver the message truthfully and clearly: “The truth is from your Lord, so whoever wills – let him believe; and whoever wills – let him disbelieve” (Qur’an 18:29). “There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong” (Qur’an 2:256).…

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Aqeedah (Theology), Dawah/Non-Muslims

A Muslim and Four Atheists: A Brief Discussion on God

So I happened to come across a video which was kind of degrading theism  and how it doesn’t really make sense. This video’s main argument was the archaic squabble: “If there is a God, then why is there is so much evil in the world?” So I commented on the video expressing my disagreement with that line of argument and it happened to attract a few atheists on that page to engage in a discussion with me over the concept of God. Following is a copied and pasted discussion which took place between four atheists and myself. I usually avoid…

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Aqeedah (Theology), History

What Are the Minimum Actions Required to Be Considered a Muslim? – Dr. Yasir Qadhi

Dr. Yasir Qadhi goes into detail on the issue of eemaan (faith) in relation to actions in this video. He points out that the bulk of the Muslim world, the mainstream, has always held the opinion that some actions are part of faith. However, the scholars differed as to what those actions are. In other words, there are some actions whose absence can lead the person to be thrown out of the fold of Islam. He/She will no longer be considered a Muslim due to the absence of these vital actions. They are a testament to the existence of eemaan in the person’s heart…

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