Posts Tagged "theology"

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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We Need to Progress; But to Where Exactly? (Pt.2)

Posted by on Nov 19, 2008 in Politics & Society | 1 comment

We Need to Progress; But to Where Exactly? (Pt.2)

As Britain and the rest of Europe grow ever more insistent that to truly belong we must be liberals, and as liberal intolerance of Islam on both sides of the Atlantic rises to alarming levels, the second part of this blog piece asks: Can Islam adapt? Split into six reflection, the first part covered the first three reflections: (i) Islamic law does have the capacity to adapt and expand. (ii) The test to measure the value of progress is to see if it promotes piety – awareness of the divine presence – or does it diminish it? (iii) Muslim responses to change, thus far. Abu Aaliyah’s fourth reflection continues here.

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We Need to Progress; But to Where Exactly? (Pt.1)

Posted by on Oct 16, 2008 in Politics & Society | 1 comment

We Need to Progress; But to Where Exactly? (Pt.1)

‘Islam must reform and adapt to the modern world’, is the almost ubiquitous demand sought of Muslims by the world at large. ‘Muslims must progress’, not in the sense of accepting modern technology, but by embracing modern philosophical values: democracy, a free-market economy, and liberal freedoms; to be more specific. Muslims must join in the jihad against the shari‘ah to prove their modern credentials, is the Monoculture’s first article of faith. Can an authentic modern Muslim way of life ever be compatible with liberal ideals? This is the first article of three, by Abu Aaliyah, that attempts to address the question.

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