And if you are in doubt as to what we revealed to Rakim, then drop three verses just like it…(Analyzing Hip-Hop Lyrics In Light of the Quran Challenge)

  L ast night, I was fervently reciting the Quran in Arabic when I came across the following verse:   {[…] And if you are in doubt as to what we revealed to our servant (the Prophet), then bring one chapter just like it / and then call your witness if you are truthful, however you won’t, and you never will, so fear a fire that is kindled with men and stones prepared for those who disbelieved (in Islam) 2:23-24.} I started to think of this challenge and how many times I’ve found other poems and prose in Arabic that were, if not better, equal to this verse. The same holds true of my observations in the four other languages that I can read in; each language has its own distinction and intrinsic ability to capture the essence of emotions that is the human experience. As both a linguist and an applied-linguist, this verse makes a claim that is in itself eisegetically subjective; the claim is based on an unexplained bias of what is inimitable and what is not as well as what is miracul

The Skeptics’ Corner: Part 7 – Does Allah Get Pissed Off? Some of Allah’s Negative (Sifaat) Attributes: al-Ghaadhib [The Angry One]

  T he short answer to the question in the above title is yes. Allah gets pissed off, according to the Islamic texts. Last time on the Skeptics’ Corner, we briefly discussed two of Allah’s negative attributes and looked at some critical thinking questions related to Salafist beliefs in the way Allah thinks and acts. In this post, I want to visit the idea of Allah becoming angry. I have always noticed the idea of Allah’s anger as a tool widely used by Salafists in their discourse as a scare tactic to keep their followers in line. It’s very common to hear Salafis use, “ Ittaqillah, Akhi (Fear Allah, Brother)” when trying to correct something disliked or to coerce another to do a thing desired. Its overuse is quite ordinary now to the point that it is even used jokingly among Salafis. But, theologically and religiously, the thought of a divine being becoming angry is usually explained with the notion that it is not to be questioned. As a Salafi Muslim, you are not supposed to ques