Please welcome back guest blog Poet… Ashleigh Godsell ☺️ Here is my piece for this weeks guest post: “The essence …
I thought we’ll have a long discussion online with you, but got your message that we’ll no longer discuss these issues due to your project, I wish you all the best. I was hoping these debates will widen your research on the subject, nevertheless, I’m sure you have heard one or two things that you never thought were Islamic, like the gecko story plus it’s references, hadith number and reference to Abraham. http://en.islamtoday.net/quesshow-152-607.htm. Continue reading
1. What are you wearing?
2. Ever been in love?
3. Ever had a terrible break up?
Going through one now after 32 years of marriage. Continue reading
Deana aka @naradee12 nominated me for this TMI Tag. So my questions are :-
1 What are you wearing?
2 Ever been in love?
3 Ever had a terrible break up?
Walaykum Asalam Mr. Bala. I would like to offer a rebuttal to the points raised in your response to my original article. I must say how amazing it is that the arguments offered by both ex-Muslims and fundamentalist Muslims against “liberal” Muslims are identical.
Firstly, I would like to state that you use a lot of terminology without precisely defining it. For instance, what do you mean by “political Islam”? Also, I notice that you use a lot of “hadith” and Quran to back up your arguments without giving the text of the actual verse or hadith. I would be particularly interested in reading the actual text of the hadith regarding the killing of geckos. Continue reading
Salamu Alaikum Mr Hazer Ali, I read your article on the above mentioned subject, and it captivated me, that the picture you painted of Islam appears to be conciliatory with secularism and progress, but I think you were only selective with the choice of verses and purposefully put them mildly and where they don’t belong, as if Islamic fanaticism and fundamentalism was not derived thereof, or that the nations running a legal system based on the Sharia’a like Sudan, Iran and Saudi Arabia are misguided and not really practicing the real sharia. Continue reading
“I went to the West, I saw Islam but no Muslims. I returned to the East and I saw Muslims but no Islam.”
Muhammad Abduh (1849-1905)
Taking over Subway and Tesco (please mark food as Halal… otherwise we don’t know whether we can eat it!). Taking over schools (and taking them from special measures to the best rated schools in the Midlands but we’ll ignore that). Abusing young girls (yes I used the general term girls, brown Muslim girls were also abused but obviously that is not as newsworthy). ISIS (chopping off heads regardless of religion and race since 2013). It seems to be one thing after another with Muslims. If one was hearing everything they knew about Islam from, say, established, credible sources such as Fox News, Richard Dawkins (who told me, during my time at Oxford, that he knows little to nothing about Islam) and Bill Maher, one may be inclined to view Muslims as a monolithic block who froth at the mouth every time an “insult” is thrown their way. I am here to dispel this notion and to present something which Western readers, both Muslim and non-Muslim, for various politico-linguistic reasons, do not get to see. Running parallel with the Arab Spring was an intellectual revolution (which still continues unabated) the tenants of which I shall attempt to summarise in this post.
Please welcome return guest blogger and amazing poet @ashleighgodsell.
The poem i’ve chosen for your blog this week is one which i wrote a while ago infact – on sensitive issues i feel strongly about.
It had been published on an anti-bullying website months ago, which I was pleased about and hoped that it may have helped someone get through hardship and I hope that it may do so again by being posted on this blog. It can be applied to many topics, depression, bullying, suicide etc…. Continue reading
Please welcome my guest blogger Mr Anil Kumar who can also be found on twitter as @anil_95054. I have the honour of being a close friend of Anil’s for almost 15 years and his loyalty and friendship have never wavered despite having to put up with my opinionated overtures over the years. Our friendship gets stronger year by year and we have supported each other for so long it is second nature for us both. We have had many ups and downs in life but have been there for each other through them all. I value you him as the special human being he is and will always be to me….
Please enjoy and comment……
‘RELIGION IS ONES PERSONAL MATTER’ MAHATMA GANDHI Continue reading
May i introduce my guest blogger for this month @solsikke a friend on twitter and a Liberal Christian and importantly a Humanist. A wonderful written piece and I hope to hear more from her. Please read and enjoy… ps i love Eaton Mess!!
When Deana first asked me to write a piece for her secularscarlet.wordpress.com blog I thought “I can do that”.
… Then I checked out the blog and found myself thinking “I’m not sure I can do that”. There seemed to be a strong anti-religious sentiment and terminology such as “eradication of religion” simply makes me feel a bit uneasy.
I am a Christian. I grew up in a Roman Catholic family but left the church when I moved away from home at the age of 18. For many years I had little to do with religion – although I was drawn into a church service once in a blue moon, for a while dabbled in Paganism (there is still much I like and respect about it) and at some stage developed an interest in Hinduism. Continue reading
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