Surah 2:23-24 – Produce One Like It

This is the second of probably about a dozen posts it will take to work through the second Surah. If you want to read them in succession then you can go to the commentary on 2:1-22 here. This Surah (chapter) is by most lists considered the first of the Medina Surahs. The Quran as we... Continue Reading →

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Surah 2:1-22 Who does God hate?

The second Surah (chapter) is the longest surah in the Quran. It has 286 ayat (verses) and there's no way I am going to try and run a commentary on the entire thing in one post. Even if I were willing to do so, I highly doubt even the most interested reader would have the... Continue Reading →

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Surah Al Fatiha (the Christian comentary)

I am not a big fan of the Quran. Nearly all of my friends, neighbors, and co-workers respond to this simple statement with some level of shock and horror. Of course, the next question is always, "Have you actually read the Quran?" More shock and dismay when I respond, "I have. Three times, in three... Continue Reading →

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How old is Mecca? (and other follow up questions)

How old is Mecca? When was the city first built? Is there any historical or archaeological evidence that can give us a definitive answer? Did Abraham and Ishmael first purify the Ka'ba, build Mecca, and institute the Hajj as it seems to say in 2:125-127? Did Abraham really instruct his sons to follow the command... Continue Reading →

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A Family Business

Earlier today a mother and her two daughters aged nine and twelve went to one church, a father went to a second, and their two teenage sons went to a third church. Then they all blew themselves up. 

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Drop The Bomb

France, the UK, and the US have all bombed various targets in Syria in retaliation for recent chemical attacks against civilians. According to Trump we can declare "Mission Accomplished" but was it really? Has anything at all been accomplished?

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What Crime Has She Committed?

Ayla Albayrak, a journalist with the Wall Street Journal has recently been convicted in absentia by the Erdoğan controlled Turkish court system. The trial leading to this conviction came about after she wrote a very fair and truthful article: Urban Warfare Escalates in Turkey’s Kurdish-Majority Southeast. I myself had been there around the same time (As The... Continue Reading →

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Love Trumps Fear

Where do I begin? I am running late. Normally, I have this letter all written and sent at least a few days before the month ends. Yet here I am at 8PM still looking at my keyboard wondering where I begin. I have a lot I want to say, but how to say it? From... Continue Reading →

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Dream Crazy

Is it really so much easier to point the finger than it is to examine our own lives? Instead of asking, "What has he sacrificed?" What if we asked, "What do I believe? How passionately do I believe it? What am I willing to sacrifice to see it come true?"

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