Author Profile

Zia Shah, MD

The Muslim Times

He is a physician practicing in Upstate New York. He is the Chief Editor of Muslim Times and also of the monthly, Alislam eGazette, with a subscription of more than 40,000. He was also Chair of Religion and Science for the Muslim Sunrise, from 2009-2013, the oldest Muslim publication in North America. He has authored more than 400 articles on Islam, Christianity and Religion & Science. Follow in Twitter: @ZiahShah1

Recent Posts

How Islam has Influenced Christian understanding of God

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Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times When Baylor University researchers asked their 1700 participants about what they think God looks like, 60 percent drew abstract or nature scenes.[1] Stated in another way, the sons and daughters of the Abrahamic faiths, believe in a Deist God, Who is the Creator […]

Charles Darwin: An Epiphany for the Muslims, A Catastrophe for the Christians

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Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times The National Museum of Natural History, located on the National Mall just across from the Smithsonian castle, is America’s most visited museum for good reason, it has an elephant in the room. Its 126 million specimens and cultural artifacts are a treasure trove for […]

Is There Coercion in Islam and Christianity?

Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom & no such thing as publick liberty without freedom of speech, Benjamin Franklin, 1722.

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times A silver lining from the gravely tragic event of September 11, 2001, is that a verse of the Holy Quran, “There is no coercion in religion,” has been quoted time and again, in national and international media, all over the world. […]

Evolution Is Not a Matter of ‘Belief’

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Source: Huffington Post By Tom Krattenmaker: Author, ‘The Evangelicals You Don’t  Know’ Do you “believe” in evolution? A new survey reveals that your answer can be predicted in  large part by your political loyalties. The Pew Research Center finds that two  thirds of Democrats accept the validity of evolution, in contrast with the 43  percent of Republicans […]

Ten Raised to Five Hundred Reasons for Our Gracious God

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Epigraph: And He (Allah) gave you all that you wanted of Him; and if you try to count the favors of Allah, you will not be able to number them. Indeed, man is very unjust, very ungrateful.  (Al Quran 14:35) A pictorial representation of multiverse Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the […]

Testing the God Hypothesis

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The Muslim Times’ Chief Editor’s comments: In this article agnostic or atheist writer Victor Stenger, has suggested nine possible observations, which if true will destroy his case.  I would like theists to respond to those in comment section and I, Zia H Shah, am responding to three of those. My source: The Huffington Post This article was originally […]

Dr. Abdus Salam and Nobel Prize of 2013

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Epigraph: Thou sees not, in the creation of the All-merciful any imperfection. Return thy  gaze, seest thou any fissure. Then Return thy gaze, again and again. Thy gaze,  Comes back to thee dazzled, aweary.’  (Al Quran 67:4-5) Nobel Prize Ceremony Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD In 1979, when talking about religion and God was a […]

Freedom of Speech: A Core Islamic Value!

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Epigraph: And if you are in doubt as to what We (Allah) have sent down to Our servant (Muhammad), then produce a Chapter like it, and call upon your helpers beside Allah, if you are truthful.  (Al Quran 2:24) Kaaba — The First House of God Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD Those […]

Deism: Common between Islam, Christianity and Judaism

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Epigraph He is Allah, the Creator, the Maker, the Fashioner. His are the most beautiful names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Him, and He is the Mighty, the Wise.  (Al Quran 59:25) We need to enjoy the beauty around us every day and smell the roses, before it is too […]

Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven

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Posted by Rafiq A. Tschannen Source: The Independcnce     By Michael Day In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences. Responding to a list of […]

Video: Prophet Muhammad’s Compassion, according to Karen Armstrong

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Karen Armstrong FRSL (born 14 November 1944) is a British author and commentator known for her books on comparative religion. A former Roman Catholic religious sister, she went from a conservative to a more liberal and mystical Christian faith. She first rose to prominence in 1993 with her book A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Her work […]

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences

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Epigraph: Blessed is He (Allah) in Whose hand is the kingdom, and He has power over all things; … Who has created seven heavens in harmony. No incongruity canst thou see in the creation of the Gracious God. Then look again: Seest thou any flaw? Aye, look again, and yet again, thy sight will only return […]

Caliph Umar Farooq versus Emperor Heraclius: Who gave us our Religious Freedoms?

Umar Farooq found the Temple Mount to be a garbage dump for Jerusalem in the 7th century and personally cleaned and restored it!

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times Epigraph: There should be no compulsion in  religion. Surely, right has become distinct from wrong; so whosoever refuses to  be led by those who transgress, and believes in Allah, has surely grasped a  strong handle which knows no breaking. And Allah is […]

The Message: Muhammad: Messenger of God (A movie)

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A good place for the non-Muslims to start learning about the Holy Prophet Muhammad is a movie named the Message: Mohammed: Messenger of God (1976) Rated PG. After a non-Muslim seeker has watched this and another movie mentioned below, I propose three further stages of study to getting to know the Greatest of the sons […]

The Christian Theology and Nature of Jesus

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Source: The Muslim Sunrise, Spring, 2013. By Zia H Shah MD Christianity is sandwiched between Judaism and Islam and three fourth of the Christian Bible is the Old Testament, so it is but natural to understand the Christian theology in light of both, especially Judaism, which precedes it. In the three great monotheistic religions, Islam, Unitarian Christianity […]

Do atheists secretly believe in God? Finnish Study

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Epigraph: “And when thy Lord brings forth offspring from the loins of the sons of Adam, He makes them witnesses against their own selves by asking them, ‘Am I not your Lord?’ And they say, ‘Indeed, we do bear witness to that.’ This He does lest they should say on the Day of Resurrection, ‘We […]

If Atheists and the Christians Debate, Islam Wins!

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Richard Dawkins vs Cardinal George Pell on Q&A (10-4-2012) Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD First something about the big picture, Christian apologists want to make a case for Christianity based on laws of nature and science, by showing that there ought to be a Transcendent Creator of our universe. They make this […]

Who was Jesus? Man or God? debate – Sir Anthony Buzzard and Drew Ayers

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God the Father is referred to as God more than 1300 times in the New Testament alone, which forms only 25% of the Bible.  References to Jesus as God are a couple or very few at best and are contextual misinterpretations or later interpolations. Sir Anthony Buzzard has a very well written and useful book The […]

Love thy Neighbor is a Christian Value, Hate and Stereotyping aren’t

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Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD Epigraph: “And thou shalt assuredly find those who say, ‘We are Christians,’ to be the nearest of them in love to the believers. That is because amongst them are savants and monks and because they are not proud.” (Al Quran 5:83) As the year of 2012 draws […]

The Muslim Times’ Response to an Anti-Islam Film

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Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD The Mosque of Medina: The First Mosque built by  the Prophet of Islam “He (Allah) it is Who sends blessings on you (Muhammad), as do His  angels, that He may bring you forth from all kinds of darkness into light. And  He is Merciful to the believers. […]

Converting Prof. William Lane Craig to Islam

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Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD In one of his debates Prof. William Lane Craig says: “God is a metaphysically necessary, beginningless, eternal, uncaused, timeless, spaceless, immaterial being, Who is omnipotent and source of absolute moral values, now that is a concept of God worthy of worship!” Now, it is abundantly clear to […]

Pascal’s Wager: Islam, Christianity or Atheism?

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Blaise Pascal (19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662), was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal’s earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the study of fluids, […]

Nominating Karen Armstrong for Literature Nobel Prize

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Karen Armstrong has been a prolific writer and almost all her works are for enlightening mankind and bringing them together. In my opinion, her Magnum opus is her biography of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet. A chapter in the book titled, Muhammad the Enemy, can […]

Arabic a revealed language and the mother of all languages

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ABSTRACT OF COLLECTION OF THESE ARTICLES AND BOOKS Evidence that there is a mother of all the 6000 known human languages is beyond doubt and no one will question this any more. But, which language is the mother, is the billion dollar question? There is overwhelming evidence that languages change over time and they do […]

Dawkins’ False Papal Fatwa: ‘Einstein was a Pantheist and not a Deist?’

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This clip is titled: Albert Einstein on god The god delusion I agree with Prof. Dawkins expressions of religious tolerance but take issue with how he describes Einstein’s religion. Dawkins in this clip and in his book the God Delusion, claims that Albert Einstein was a Pantheist, to substantiate his own position of being an […]

A Cordial invitation to Sir David Attenborough to be a Theist

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First of all I want to thank Sir David Attenborough for all the great documentaries he has produced about nature, animal and plant kingdom.  I have watched most if not all of them.  Attenborough is no stranger to most of the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as the previous international leader of our community, […]

Albert Einstein’s search for God

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Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times This popular article was first published in Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA in 2007. Was Einstein a monotheist, deist, pantheist, or an atheist? How did his religion affect his science? Agnostics, atheists and pantheists, all equally claim that Einstein belongs to them. But, […]

Debate: Does the Universe have a purpose?

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First something about the big picture, atheists are right in exposing the irrationality of the Christian dogma. However, the Christians are right in as far as their claim that there needs to be a Creator of this universe, Who employed natural means to do His work. However, both parties in their self-conceit are not listening […]

President Thomas Jefferson — Was he a monotheist?

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Source / Courtesy: Review of Religions and Alislam.org.  First published in 2007. A compelling argument that Thomas Jefferson negated belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ and affirmed the unity of God. Was he influenced by the Holy Qur’an?     The adulterated accounts of the Bible did not satisfy Jefferson. After extensive studies of […]

Madagascar: An Exhibit for Islam against Christianity!

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Almost 80% of species in Madagascar are unique to the island and are not found else where.  As a result this largest island is a witness for evolution, which for our purposes means, a common lineage of all life forms on our planet earth.  The uniqueness of Madagascar species is a proof for the theory of evolution, […]

December 2011 Alislam-eGazette: A watershed moment for China: Islam or Christianity?

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Alislam-eGazette published its landmark volume about Islam and Christianity today. This volume has several articles comparing Islam and Christianity and why it may be important for China to make a good informed choice. There are thirty million Chinese Muslims. It would board well for Chinese future, if her leadership would engage these citizens in national […]

Muhammad: Seal of the Prophets

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Montgomery Watt calls Muhammad, one of the Greatest sons of Adam. The expression, seal of the Prophets means the Greatest Prophet!

According to Karen Armstrong, “Mahound’s fictional status in the West has perhaps made it even more difficult for people to see him as an historical character who deserves the same serious treatment as Napoleon, or Alexander the Great. The fictional portrait of Mahound in The Satanic Verses resonates deeply with these established Western fantasies.”

At another place she writes, “If we could view Muhammad as we do any other important historical figure we would surely consider him to be one of the greatest geniuses the world has known.”

Every human should have genuine curiosity to know more about this man, the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, may peace be upon him.

Examining Christianity: In Light of other Religious Traditions, Nature and Science?

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Allah created mankind and took it upon Himself to guide them, as He says in the Qur’an, “Surely, it is for Us to provide guidance.” (92:12) Guidance and Law were given to every nation of the world through His Messengers, “And for every people there was a Messenger” (10:47). “And there is a Guide for […]

Photosynthesis: deserving of our awe or ridicule?

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By Zia H Shah MD Source / Courtesy: Alislam-eGazette After centuries of research, technology has created solar panels. The plant kingdom has been converting solar energy into chemical energy in a much more aesthetic manner. The plants are not only solar panels but are also self generating solar panel factories and much more! They are […]

Deism and 750 verses of the Holy Quran

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By Zia H Shah MD Deism (pronounced /ˈdiːɪzəm/, us dict: dē′·ĭzm) is a religious and philosophical belief that a supreme being created the universe, and that this can be determined using reason and observation of the natural world alone, without the need for either faith or organized religion. President Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and Benjamin […]

Thomas Paine: His Second Coming in Islam in the 21st Century

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Thomas Paine was one of the Founding Fathers of USA, in 18th century he was one of the greatest intellectuals and a proponent of Deism.  He is best known for his book Age of Reason.   Mark Twain said, “It took a brave man before the Civil War to confess he had read the Age of Reason … I […]

Quantum Theory – Sign of a Personal God

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Source / Courtesy: Muslim Sunrise, Fall 2011 Zia H Shah MD and Sardar Anees Ahmad Determinism A deist believes God created the universe, but rejects the notion of a Personal God – a God who answers prayers or intervenes in human affairs. Many deists are strict determinist, believing that causality governs the entire universe. Albert […]

February 2011 Alislam-eGazette: Metaphysics, Religion and Science

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So said Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community “The God of Islam is the same God Who is visible in the reflection of the laws of nature and is discernible in the book of nature. Islam has not presented a new God but has presented the same God Who is presented […]

November 2011 Alislam-eGazette: Universal Brotherhood in Islam and Hajj

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Friday Sermon about human compassion and International brotherhood This sermon was delivered on September 12, 2003 by Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V. The subject of this sermon is humanitarian values in Islam. We will review a few excerpts and quotes from this sermon: After the initial recitation Huzur said that the Islamic teachings […]

Darwinian Evolution: Islam or Christianity?

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Source / Courtesy: This popular collection of articles was first made in Google-knol. Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to […]

Amir of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Kababir, presenting a copy of Quran to the Pope‏

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Shareef Odeh , Amir, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Kababir, Israel, meeting with Pope Benedict XVI‏ and presenting him a copy of the Holy Quran: Shareef Odeh also presented the Pope a letter of Khalifatul Masih V, the international leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Khalifatul Masih V (Hudhur) has described the details of his letter in […]

Creationist Ken Ham Says Aliens Will Go To Hell So Let’s Stop Looking For Them

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)

Epigraph: He who follows the right way follows it only for the good of his own soul: and he who goes astray, goes astray only to his own loss. And no bearer of burden shall bear the burden of another. (Al Quran 17:16) The Huffington Post  | By Ed Mazza  Creationist Ken Ham, who recently debated Bill Nye the […]

Kelly Hollins and 5000 Others, How They Came to Islam

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Converting to Islam: British women on prayer, peace and prejudice Around 5,000 British people convert to Islam every year – and most of them are women. Six of them talk about prejudice, peace and praying in car parks Veronique Mistiaen The Guardian, Friday 11 October 2013 13.15 EDT Jump to comments (1288) Ioni Sullivan: ‘In my heart, […]

Understanding the Nature of Jesus is Always a Heresy

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Epigraph The Originator of the heavens and the earth! How can He have a son when He has no consort, and when He has created everything and has knowledge of all things? Such is Allah, your Lord. There is no God but He, the Creator of all things, so worship Him. And He is Guardian […]

A Collection of Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad with Foreword by Mahatma Gandhi

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Epigraph: And We (Allah) have sent thee (Muhammad) not but as a mercy for all peoples. (Al Quran 21:108) Mahatama Ghandi, the Most well known Indian Leader, the second most important person of the twentieth century according to Time magazine and man of the year in 1931 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (pronounced [ˈmoːɦənd̪aːs ˈkərəmtʃənd̪ ˈɡaːnd̪ʱi] ( listen); 2 October 1869 – […]

Eucharist: Some say it is Wafer, Others believe it is Body of Jesus

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Epigraph: He (Allah) is the First and the Last, and the Manifest and the Hidden, and He knows all things full well. (Al Quran 57:4) Eyes cannot reach Him (Allah) but He reaches the eyes. And He is the Incomprehensible, the All-Aware. (Al Quran 6:104) Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD Since mid-July, Pope Francis has […]

The Transcendent God of Abrahamic Faiths Does Exist: The Kalam Cosmological Argument

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Epigraph: He is Allah, the Creator, the Maker, the Fashioner. His are the most beautiful names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Him, and He is the Mighty, the Wise. (Al Quran 59:25) The Muslim Times’ Editor’s comments: This argument applies only to Transcendent God of Judaism, Unitarian Christianity and Islam. It is […]

President Obama on Separation of Church-Mosque and State

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He says that we can draw our inspiration from our scriptures but we have to  translate the message into a language that is understood by other fellow  citizens from different religions. One of the points President Barack Hussein Obama makes is that the scripture  has to be translated into a universal message by the believers, […]

Adopting and Recruiting Christian Apologists for Islam

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Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD William Lane Craig is one of the foremost Christian apologists, enjoying tremendous following among the Protestant Christians in USA and UK. William Lane Craig (born August 23, 1949[1]) is an American philosopher of religion, philosophical theologian, and Christian apologist.[2] He works in the philosophy of religion, philosophy of time, and the defense of […]

God of Islam: God of Nature and the Creator of our Universe

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Epigraph: Allah has created the heavens without any pillars that you can see, and He has placed in the earth firm mountains that it may not quake with you, and He has scattered therein all kinds of creatures; and We have sent down water from the clouds, and caused to grow therein every noble species. […]

John the Baptist Day: The Quran and the Bible

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Epigraph ‘O Yahya (John the Baptist), hold fast the Book.’ And We gave him wisdom while yet a child, And tenderness of heart from Ourself, and purity. and he was pious and dutiful toward his parents. And he was not haughty and rebellious.  And peace was on him the day he was born, and the day he died, and peace there […]

Gospel of John: What Everyone Should Know About The Fourth Gospel

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Posted by  Zia H. Shah MD – Twitter: @ZiahShah1 Source: The Huffington Post By John Shelby Spong: Retired American Bishop of the Episcopal  Church Almost any poll of regular church goers will reveal that their favorite  book in the New Testament is the Gospel of John.  It is the book that is  most often used at […]

Christian Professor From Iowa College Says Jesus was a Muslim

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Epigraph: “Say ye: ‘We believe in Allah and what has been revealed to us, and what was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob and his children, and what was given to Moses and Jesus, and what was given to all other Prophets from their Lord. We make no difference between any of them; and to […]

Poll: Should Blasphemy Laws be Taken off the Books?

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Please read the ongoing developments in Pakistan in CNN and other newspapers and opine on the issue: Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Pakistani police say a Muslim cleric planted evidence to link a Christian girl to blasphemy — a new twist in a case that has fanned flames of religious tension in the country and attracted […]

Bringing the Hindus and the Muslims Closer in Universal Brotherhood

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Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD Indian as well as Western scholars have now accepted the period between 3200 and 3100 BC as the period in which Lord Krishna lived on earth. The birthday or Janmashtami of Lord Krishna fell on Friday, August 10, 2012 or yesterday.  The day was celebrated with great […]

Aztec beliefs in the afterlife: Stephen Hawking and me

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Source: Muslim Sunrise By Zia H Shah MD Stephen Hawking in a recent interview claimed that there is no heaven. A belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a “fairy story” for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said.  In a dismissal that underlines his firm rejection of religion, Britain’s most eminent […]

Jefferson’s Bible: An Eye-opener for Thinking Christians!

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Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD Jefferson formulated a bible for his own use. He took two copies of the New Testament in the King James Version and cut out those verses from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John that in his view best conveyed the “pure and unsophisticated doctrines” of […]

February 2012 eGazette – The Majesty that Islam was and soon will be!‏

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Source: Alislam-eGazette It is a volume about Muslim Heritage.  Heritage of Islam is not about some bragging rights.  It is not about some feel good emotion!  It is not about the past!  It is about rational defense of Islam and the Muslims, about their past, present and future. Every so often discussion comes up in […]

Revelation, Rationality, Knowledge & Truth

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This is a book by Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, the previous international leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Introduction: Any divide between revelation and rationality, religion and logic has to be irrational. If religion and rationality cannot proceed hand in hand, there has to be something deeply wrong with either of the two. Does revelation […]

Did Jesus Redeem Mankind?

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A few words about the author Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad (Urdu: مرزا بشیر الدین محمود احمد) (January 12, 1889 – November 7, 1965), was Khalifatul Masih II, head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and the eldest son of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad from his second wife, Nusrat Jehan Begum. He was elected as the second successor […]