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Author: asyhadu

Writer, popular culture and belief critique, the writer aims to raise a generation of avid thinkers and readers. The writer is studying law at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM).

Modern Idol Worship

…وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِي كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَسُولًا أَنِ اعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَاجْتَنِبُوا الطَّاغُوتَ“Verily, We have sent among every nation a messenger (proclaiming): ‘Worship Allah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taghoot…

Taking Religious Scholars and Monks as Lords Besides Allah: Learn from the Mistakes of Christians and Jews

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمWith the ism of Allah Most Compassionate Most Merciful اتَّخَذُوا أَحْبَارَهُمْ وَرُهْبَانَهُمْ أَرْبَابًا مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ وَالْمَسِيحَ ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ وَمَا أُمِرُوا إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُوا إِلَٰهًا وَاحِدًا ۖ لَا…

Did Muhammad even exist? : The Evidence Says So

In the name of Allah, Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem

In 2012, there was a documentary entitled “Islam: The Untold Story”, written and presented by historian Tom Holland. He made rather bizarre statements on the origins of Islam. Tom Holland argues that it is not Islam that gave birth to the Arab Empire (the Islamic Civilization like Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates), but the Arab empire that gave birth to Islam. Prophet Muhammad, according to Holland, never existed, but only a mythological product of the Arab Empire. Islam is an invented religion.

“What if it wasn’t Islam that gave birth to the Arab Empire? But the Arab Empire gave birth to Islam?”

-Tom Holland in “Islam: The Untold Story”.

Muslims that conspired with British? Syeikh Jamaluddin al-Afhgani & Syeikh Muhammad Abduh?

Did Muhammad Abduh and Jamaluddin al-Afghani conspire with the British? There are some who say yes and there are some who say no.

Do you remember about the well-known Muslim reformist thinkers that we learnt in form 5 in Pendidikan Islam (Islamic Education) ? Yes, yes, Syeikh Jamaluddin al-Afhghani and his student Syeikh Muhammad Abduh.  They both called for Muslims to return to the Quran and to not follow Islam blindly or just nodding at every thing the ulama says without referring to the Quran. They are also well-known for their resistance towards colonization. I myself admire their way of thinking.

Why Using ‘Malay’ to protect Islam is Wrong: Islam and Malay in the Federal Constitution

When I was learning about the privileges of Malays in Malaysia, I recalled a senior friend of mine (who studied law too) talking about Malays and Islam. He said that the Federal Constitution of Malaysia protects the ‘rights’ and privileges of Malays. Since a Malay is a Muslim by law, so by protecting the rights of the Malays, the Federal Constitution is actually protecting Islam. 

Is this true?

There are other ways the government uses the Malay race to protect Islam, like making the conversion from Islam to another religion forbidden (only if he/she is a Malay), and also guaranteeing every Malays as Muslims. Well, it does protect Islam in a way, but that way is very, very wrong (and detrimental too). Here are 4 reasons why (with number 4 being the best):

Science is the New Religion? -How people follow science blindly like religion

Bismiillahirrahminirrahim أَفَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَٰهَهُ هَوَاهُ وَأَضَلَّهُ اللَّهُ عَلَىٰ عِلْمٍ وَخَتَمَ عَلَىٰ سَمْعِهِ وَقَلْبِهِ وَجَعَلَ عَلَىٰ بَصَرِهِ غِشَاوَةً فَمَنْ يَهْدِيهِ مِنْ بَعْدِ اللَّهِ ۚ أَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ“Have you seen him who…

Is there a right way to live?

This post was originally published on August 27, 2016

Let’s sit back, relax and think for a while about the creation of the universe and how we are actually meant to deal with it. Let’s venture through a unique point of view on it. I’m not asking that you should agree with what I’m saying, but I’m just hoping that this view may change the way we view things. In fact, a critical thinker should always look at things from many angles.

So, we were created on this Earth, and we spend our life here. We cannot spawn just by chance because that’s impossible. There must be someone or something that created us, and what created us is God. Continue readingIs there a right way to live?

Meet Eric

This post was originally published on December 5, 2016

The second last Sunday, I met a man named Eric. He lives in Cyprus but was born in Mauritius. He works in the same company as my mom. My mom introduced the whole family to him on that day, and I have to say that he is one of the most wonderful person I’ve ever met. We met again the last Thursday before he headed back home to Cyprus and I learnt few very important things from him.

We talked mostly about something what people hardly talk about- religion. When my mom asked him what religion is he following right now, he swiftly said “I’m nothing”. He however was born in a Christian family and his parents are devoted believers. He has read the Quran, the Bible (haven’t finished), and is about to read the Gita.

Human Rights VS Righteousness in Islam

In the name of Allah, I begin my writing.

The declaration of Human rights by the United Nations (UN) is sought as one of the greatest achievement in human moral and the progress of humanity since the second world war. Truth to be told however, although with the ongoing human rights, human moral and behavior is declining to its lowest.

We don’t have to go very far to see this. Liberty and democracy is one of the main pillars of the so-called human rights. In the name of liberty, same-sex marriage is legalised, not married same-sex relationship is legalised, sex without marriage (zina) is legalised, wearing tight clothes on the streets are legalised, alcohol consumption is legalised, gambling is legalised, riba is legalised.

FIFA World Cup- A Pointless Sport Event?

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful, I start my writing.

Football fans are going to hate me for this. Sorry for that.

But I don’t intend to invoke any hatred at all. Forgive me for any hurt for writing this.

A bunch of guys chasing a ball on a field has become the highlight of the third quarter in 2018. Football fans all around the world are going wild just to see a bunch of guys chasing a ball in a field. Come on, the FIFA World Cup, 4 years once, who would want to miss it?

A Guide to Self-Care

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade they say, but then, how? And what’s the significance behind this so called saying that has been going around for centuries? Does this really proof that life IS hard for everyone and there will be a point in our lives that makes us think life is…sour in general? To construe that life, though it may be filled with joy and happiness, there will be a period of time when you got to deal with the sour and make the best out of it, the lemonade.