Deborah K Jamil

Reconciling Different Concepts of God

  • During the many years of practicing Muslim rituals, I heard several people laud their benefits by saying things like, "Rituals are the formulas by which harmony is restored." -Terry Tempest Williams. But, neither I, nor the people around me, seemed to experience this; just the opposite, in fact. Why was the opposite of harmony consistently the result of performing rituals that promised harmony and so much more (peace, love, unity, etc.)? Ritual implies following something mindlessly without question or thought.

    Posted on August 30, 2017 9:18 pm
    Freedom of Thought
  • There is something terribly wrong with "good" people, especially those in positions of authority. "Good" people in a position of authority seem to always know what is "good for you," and what must be done "for your own good." Their ideas on what is "best for everyone" are accepted unilaterally without question or feedback because they know "best" what is "good" for themselves and everyone else. It is their supposed "goodness" and concern for our welfare that convinces us they

    Posted on July 14, 2017 9:59 pm
    Human Rights
  • "The point is you began by saying we have 5-6 million Muslims in France, you then proceeded to talk about a very small minority who take on board the ideas of the political Islamists, the Salafists, and a very tiny minority of that minority who actually consider or engage in violence. And to conflate that with the fact you've got 5-6 million Muslims in your country is to do something both misleading and possibly very dangerous." -Stephen Sackur on BBC's

    Posted on June 14, 2017 9:55 pm
  • "We know the Muslim Brotherhood on one hand, the Salafists on the other hand, try slowly and then constantly to re-Islamise the Muslim population of France and turn it against the Republic. It has been said overtly by many mouths, many clerics of Muslim confessions. I think it's a risk because France is a privileged target. If France swings over to the re-Islamisation of French Muslim citizens it would be a victory for all the fundamentalists." -Pascal Bruckner on BBC

    Posted on June 9, 2017 10:58 pm
  • Islamic extremism is the child of fear. It knows only weakness and insecurity. The way out of this extremist thought is to find the source of the fear and address it. It has been so difficult to discover what is causing the fear among "Islamic" extremists because what they are fearing is Islam. The extremists, in what they are doing in the name of Islam, are the ones "fighting Islam," not "the West." They are the ones who are disrespecting

    Posted on June 5, 2017 9:07 pm