Washington D.C. during my IVLP visit in 2017. An incredibly welcoming and inspirational city at the heart of the free world. I hope to visit again after COVID-19 and the lockdowns. People might be surprised at my words in the wake of events yesterday and over the past few years. But a key point to…Read more US Democracy
There is something which the members of an oligarchy have come to accept as good, and which is the raison d'êtra of oligarchy... an insatiable greed for wealth – being too busy making money to pay attention to anything else – which causes its downfall. So what I'm wondering is whether democracy's downfall is also…Read more Plato: How Does Dictatorship Begin?
By Paul Salahuddin Armstrong Following a studio appearance on an episode of BBC Big Questions, Maajid Nawaz, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, reposted a cartoon via his Twitter account that (allegedly) depicts the prophets Jesus and Muhammad, peace be upon them, saying 'Hey' and 'How ya doin'. Important to note, Maajid…Read more Maajid Nawaz, Pictures and Death Threats
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is reported in hadith to have prophesied the emergence of someone he referred to as the "dajjal". The meaning of the word 'dajjal' comes from the Arabic expression "dajjala al-ba'eer (he smeared the camel)", referring to a practice where dishonest traders used to cover a sick camel with tar…Read more What is Real?
--- Below is the text of The Final Speech of the Great Dictator, delivered by the character, the Jewish Barber, in Chaplin’s 1940 film, The Great Dictator. The Jewish Barber was played by Sir Charles Chaplin. --- I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to…Read more Final Speech of the Great Dictator by Sir Charles Chaplin
By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf There was a story in the New York Times a few days ago about how the "revolution" in Tunisia was sparked in December by the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old, befuddled roadside green grocer. Like so many young Arabs, he was born poor and only dreamed of providing for his…Read more Deferred Dreams, Self-Destruction, and Suicide Bombings