Posts Tagged "revelation"

Evolution, Prayer-Mats & Telescopes

Posted by on Nov 17, 2009 in Theology | 10 comments

Evolution, Prayer-Mats & Telescopes

For many, Darwin’s evolution by natural selection satisfactorily explains how life on earth began, and how humans came to be. Others reject the theory and its fossil records (human and non-human) down to the last bone. Abu Aaliyah discusses Islam’s view on evolution, showing it is neither one of wholesale rejection (as is often assumed) nor total acceptance. Rather, Islamic theology should put us in more of a middle ground. But a poor grasp of finer theological arguments, and an even poorer grasp of current scientific notions, has barred this from happening. This is an important piece of writing, therefore, and a crucial read.

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Zakat: A Dereliction of Duty?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2008 in Politics & Society | 2 comments

Zakat: A Dereliction of Duty?

The third pillar of Islam is the wealth-tax, or zakat (from tazkiyah – “to purify, cleanse, bless, increase, improve.”) Explaining who should give zakat, and to what categories of the poor, needy and vulnerable it is due, Abu Aaliyah raises the issue of whether there is a need for zakat to be distributed right here in our own country? Yet given the dire poverty and hunger millions of Muslims around the world currently live in, is it even a feasible consideration?

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