04.21.08

An Open Letter to the Ayn Rand Institute

Posted in Extremism, Philosophy at 10:19 am by Haider

(This is a letter I wrote to the Ayn Rand Institute regarding some articles they sent out to their newsletter subscribers regarding Islam and terrorism. I didn’t get a reply from the Institute, but thought that others might find it useful) Read the rest of this entry »

04.20.08

Path to Extremism – A Personal Account 4: The Detachment

Posted in Extremism, Islam at 8:40 am by Haider

(To read Part 1 of this article, visit the following link: Part 1. To read the previous part of this article, visit the following link: Part 3)

A friend of mine pointed out that the “first step” that I took in trying to resolve my inner conflict, by observing Islam fully, is not an objective approach, because it didn’t involve me detaching myself from my existing beliefs (Islam). Therefore, if I truly wished to be objective, I should have abandoned my existing beliefs, and started from scratch.

While I accept that it seems odd to say: “In order to find the truth, I committed myself to my existing religion,” I wish to point out the reasoning behind this conclusion, and what I was intending to achieve. Read the rest of this entry »

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