Spirituality & Community

God’s Attributes: Between Mercy and Wrath – Suicide in Islamic Thought – Part 02

Classical discussions on the topic of suicide center not just on the act of suicide, but how this act is related to the divine attributes of mercy, punishment, and forgiveness. The texts related to these attributes are multifaceted and their interpretations must be contextualized and tempered through a holistic reading.

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I’m not a Palestinian. I can’t tell you about Palestine.

I’m not a Palestinian. I can’t tell you about Palestine.
I am not a Jew. I cannot tell you about Israel.
But there is something that I can tell you about. I am an American. I am a Muslim. I can tell you about those two things and my personal experiences as an American and as a Muslim. I can also tell you about are my areas of expertise. Islamic Law, thought and financial ethics, among other things.

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Solace – How To Offer Condolences

Every phone call cuts like a knife.
When you’ve lost a loved one, the last thing you want to do is answer the phone or be around someone, but then again the one thing you want most is some normality, so you pick up the phone and open the door. Clarity of mind is something sought after, not something to be expected at this time. Some people call you not knowing, and wonder why or how you can be so despondent or stand-offish to them. Others would call and say with the sensitivity of a schizophrenic “Sorry for your loss, but hey you know what can I say…” Silence from some may be safe, but not sound in the hurting heart. There are though those that actually console, ask real questions, make dua, and most importantly let you know they are there for you. Not that they are in fact physically there, but the sentiment and the short visits are what counts.

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An Introduction to Marxism for Non-Marxists by a Former Marxist – Part 2

Karl Marx (1818-1883) — the well known Prussian philosopher and economist — is probably the most read (both in animus and  admiration) thinkers of the modern-era yet one of the most misunderstood. To the average layperson, Marx represents the most prominent voice of diaphanous anti-capitalist sentiment; in general, the cynosure for any and all non-free market thought. To the more academic minded, Marx is synonymous to the conflict theory of history: all major movements in history are the result of two competing economic groups — namely, the working-class and the capitalists.

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An Introduction to Marxism for Non-Marxists by a Former Marxist – Part 1

The terms (or concepts of) “Islamic Economics” and “Islamic Finance” have become buzzwords among both lay and academic Muslims. And while the average person has some quasi-educated opinion on the subject of economics, I have found that most do not truly understand what the field actually studies. Some of the most common explanations of what economists actually study are: the stock market; money; banking; taxes and interest rates; and, general business and entrepreneurial methods.

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