Abstract:This paper examines contemporary arguments attempting to justify or discredit the scientific credibility of the Qur’an. Special consideration is given to Surah 86:5-7, which discusses the genesis of mankind through reproductive fluids emitted from “between the backbone and the ribs”. Many contemporary Muslim apologists reference these verses as evidence of the Qur’an’s miraculous scientific nature, while many anti-Islam polemicists believe it proof of its scientific inaccuracy. This paper argues both these approaches erroneous as neither conform to the scope of the Qur’an’s intended message nor to the classical scholarly tradition of Quranic exegesis. Based on intertextual and extratextual evidence it is argued that the phrase “between the backbone and the ribs” should be interpreted as a euphemism for sexual relations between parents and as an allusion to humanity’s first parents, Adam and Eve.

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I. Introduction

II. “From Between the Backbone and Ribs”

III. Formative and Classical Interpretations

IV. How the Qur’an Speaks (about sex?)

V. Adam, Eve, and the Beauty of the Qur’an

VI. Conclusion

VII. Appendix (Addressing Common or Potential Responses)

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Liberalism In the Muslim World

I gave a lecture on Liberalism in the Muslim to students of ISMA USA on October, 21st 2018. In this talk I spoke about the essence of Liberalism and how it negatively affects Muslims globally.

On October 27, 2018 I gave a lecture on the on some “controversial” hadith and beliefs within Islam. Although a more casual discussion, it was certainly an engaging and intellectually deep conversation. Thanks to the Muslim Debate Initiative and the Ohio State University MSA for facilitating this event.

On October 26, 2018 I gave a lecture on the erroneous claim that there are ‘scientific miracles’ in the Qur’an. This event was facilitated by the Muslim Debate Initiative and the Ohio State University MSA.

In recent years, few criticisms of Islam have taken the spotlight as much as condemnations of the Prophet’s marriage to Aisha. Muslims are accused of following the example of a man who had inappropriate relations with a 9-year-old girl. As a result, this has led many to doubt their faith and the moral compass it provides. However, this criticism is based on fallacious reasoning. When reviewing the available evidence, we not only find that early marriage was normal in many early societies, it also made moral sense given their circumstances. Throughout human history, populations had to adapt to their physical and social environments while optimizing their ethical judgments accordingly—much as we do today. This paper elucidates the flawed nature of accusations of the Prophet’s alleged immorality as well as how Islam teaches us to adapt the message of the Qur’an to changing circumstances.

For the full article, please go here