Knowledge or knowledge-creation is not…

Knowledge or knowledge-creation is not a politically neutral endeavor, but rather seeks to entrench or promote a certain epistemological outlook and power structures. One good example is the British portrayal of natives they colonized as ‘lazy natives’ [a specific term coined to further certain objectives]… otherwise why and how could their colonization be justified (in economic terms at least) for a quasi-liberal mindset in the home country?

Thus, the liberalist may not accept racial-based colonization, but will accept the narrative of the need for “economic intervention for low-output and less privileged peoples to progress”, not only in economics but also the socio-cultural, political and other major changes required to bring this about… again, a specific phrase has been invented in order to promote a certain outlook of how reality should be constituted, and no one, from conservative to liberal, will seriously object to this major overhaul/enterprise.

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Advice given for Muslims living…

Advice given for Muslims living in lands where they weren’t present in larger numbers until a few decades ago:

If Muslims are serious about their situation, they should try as much as possible to construct their own normative Muslim identity, rather than it being a railroad station on the way back home. Otherwise, the entire Muslim community in such lands will be under unbearable pressure to change and conform to the larger zeitgeist. This will inevitably be the case, since the Muslims would only think of lying low, not making any trouble, obediently doing everything others are doing until they can go back home and more openly practice what they want – which by the way will not happen, since the vigor for proper Islam would be lost in such cases, both in their “adoptive” lands, and eventually even in their “native” lands, as more and more people try to follow this lifestyle and path.

A big issue in many…

A big issue in many lands where Muslims are in a minority and/or being persecuted is incarceration and life after the prison. That is, can they adjust to a new situation as good Muslims, especially since most prisoners are males and should be taking care of their families, yet their livelihood and character have been severely impacted and denigrated (and thus recidivism is common), and other similar questions.

There is the oft-quoted Hadeeth…

There is the oft-quoted Hadeeth about the Sahabi (the Ummati, to be precise) being taken by the angels as the Prophet (ﷺ) is standing by the Hawdh and calling people to come to it. But note that this is something occurring only once in a while- and not as often as Twelver Shias would want one to believe. And another issue is that this group of people will not be eternally in the Hellfire, again going against the Twelver portrayal of the matter.

The first being to make…

The first being to make excuses for not following Allah’s Commands was Iblis – saying that he was better than Adam (Alayhi Salaam), implying that Allah did not know how to order the servants. So it is a very dangerous thing to try to make excuses for the sins we commit, it could lead one to disbelief.

The Arabs held that the…

The Arabs held that the honor of a person travels through one’s sons. Thus, the taunting of the Kuffar when the Prophet (ﷺ) had no male children, and the Qur’anic response.

A mistake many of us…

A mistake many of us do is that we jump to “correct people” the first moment we see wrong from someone, rather than wait until the time when the advice will be properly received by the person (i.e. we do not care about receptivity to our advice).