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Avail yourself of the concessions in your humanity 14 June 2010

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One of the challenges to piety is the age old challenge of the “ought” versus the “is.”  On the one hand, we speak of piety according to what people *should* do.  On the other hand, we speak of piety according to what people *do* do.  (more…)

Self Imposed Struggle is not a Virtue 7 June 2010

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We have a trend in our community to equate struggle with piety.  The idea is that if we have two paths to reach a destination, the more “pious” is the more difficult of the two choices.  That approach is a mistake.  Not only is it a mistake, but it also runs counter to our tradition.  Not only does it run counter to our tradition, it is an approach that cannot sustain itself in the long run. (more…)

Open letter to the new Muslim graduates 31 May 2010

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Assalamu Alaykum my beloved Sisters and Brothers, (more…)

Agnosticism in Practice 1 March 2010

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We know many people who regard themselves as agnostics.  The idea here is that they choice they made in belief (thus far) is to make no firm choice regarding belief, and that “belief” refers to the existence of God. (more…)

Muslim Inverse Tribalism 16 November 2009

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In a way, this post is a sequel to the post Reactive Nation. The concern is yet again relevant in light of recent events.

It began long before 9/11, perhaps after the first WTC bombing in 1993.   Perhaps it began with the Salman Rushdie affair at the end of the 1980s.  Perhaps it began earlier.  But, over the course of the decades, we have developed a particular, problematic, tribalistic culture in our community.  We’ve developed a posture in the community of apologizing and ostracizing. (more…)

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