Dhul Qarnayn

The word remembrance in Quran 18:83 indicates that the story has a psychological and spiritual significance rather than positivist one.

The story was intended by rabbis as an evidence of Prophetic authenticity rather than factual consistency. If the Prophet(s) had the same divine source as Abraham(p), he should be aware of Jewish stories which he did. Jewish stories are not considered to be accurate among orthodox scholars rather apocryphal.

The story of Gog and Magog is very significant for modern world. Narrations say they will throw their weapons in space and will claim defeat of inhabitants of heaven which is like western claim of science burying God. So, it predicts rise of a Godless modernity beyond Middle East.

Tafsir Al-Bahrani has a very useful lesson about the parallel roles of Prophetic guidance and scientific knowledge. When a heretic asks a Prophetic descendant about where the sun sets, he says: What some of the experts say is this:

قال (عليه السلام): " إن بعض العلماء قال

This shows Prophetic guidance never claims scientific omniscience.

A useful modern analogy would be criticizing a Nobel peace winner for not having a science degree.


Islam, patriarchal tyranny and feminist claustrophobia

Amber Hume Mcpherson This is the uniform of medieval patriarchal tyranny. It victim-blames women for their beauty. Where this is enforced it symbolises violent misogyny. I’m not advocating banning this monstrosity but I refuse to defend it. It deserves to be ridiculed. Not the women inside it. 

I am the son of a voluntarily veiled zoologist mother. Can the overreaction to wanting to dress like Mary a western woman be the result of feminist claustrophobia instead of patriarchal tyranny.

A Gandhari Sufi Muslim and David Frawley

My message to David Frawley:

Peace on truth seekers. I am a Sufi Muslim and biological descendant of Gandhari Greco-Buddhists. I consider myself as a bridge between western faith, western race and western philosophy. In modern world semitic faith and indo-european culture are seen to be in aggressive conflict especially after rise of modern atheism.

To a liberal Christian cynic about biological legacy of Islam

Let the children of Fatimah peace be upon her not forget that Imam Ali peace be upon him did not want to do injustice even to ants, otherwise Imamis will decline like Ismailis and Zaydis

Greg Logan Ishmael Abraham. The fact is you have absolutely no idea whether any of that is historical or factual – most likely it is just wives tales
Ishmael Abraham A Prophetic descendant is ruling Iran and challenging US and Israel. Prophetic descendants in Yemen are challenging Trump-Saudi alliance. Prophetic descendant Agha Khan is a major public figure in modern west. Religion is not a fairy tale for us but a living reality. You forgot Ishmael. God made his legacy global and intractable.

Militant secularism and future of traditional languages

Secular militancy affects Muslims in short term, but if people are happy without God, liberal empire will eliminate traditional culture forever. In a world where people worry about extinction of animals, no one seems to care about traditional human languages becoming extinct. We do not deserve that.

Nick Elam Religion certainly has cultural value, but if Islam really is the true religion it shouldn’t need human suffering to prosper. We’re talking about tolerant secularism here so if Islam was eliminated or diminished it would be because it’s followers chose to, not because of liberal empire.
Ishmael Abraham Chomsky talks about manufacturing consent. Children are more likely to become victims of status anxiety than understand its cognitive roots. Atheists have higher suicide rate than theists so suffering is universal. But secular state offers many distractions in daily life to make people not experience existential anxieties.
Nick Elam True, but I’m saying suffering directly benefits religion. I would argue the focus on the afterlife is part of what slows us from improving daily life.
Ishmael Abraham You can say that about Catholicism, Sufism and even Buddhism. But orthodox Islam is against monasticism. But when orthodox Muslims like Morsi and Erdogan participate in social and political reform, they are accused of fascism. But among 1.5 billion believers there is a lot of diversity of spectrum between psychosis and fascism. Suffering causing fight or flight is basic biology. Some Muslims enter flight mode of sufi psychosis. Some Muslims enter fight mode of militancy. Stephen Covey talks about third alternative of wisdom, humble narcissism and tempered radicalism.