Category Archives: Islam

New Dawn Mag Publishes My Latest Articles on Islam

new-dawn-mag-islamA few months ago the highly interesting and eclectic New Dawn magazine asked me to write on aspects of Islam for one of its special issues.

Now released, the special issue includes several articles by me, including on Islam’s “end of days” myth, and on the US Islamic-Punk movement, Taqwacore, inspired by Michael Muhammad Knight’s novel The Taqwacores.

New Dawn magazine has been in print for over 25 years.

You can visit the website here.

Take the Good, Leave the Bad


I came across this video a little while ago, and originally didn’t know who the speaker was. After a bit of research, I found out a week or so ago that it is Mufti Ismail Menk. I have been watching and enjoying Mufti Menk’s videos quite a lot lately, and I also wrote a brief meditation, for another site I write for, on this particular sermon.

Take the good and leave the bad — it’s an important and timely message for us all.

Here are a few words from his talk, and you can find the video at the bottom:

“I believe every teacher makes mistakes… without exception. Take the good from all of them, and leave the bad.”

“When someone preaches hatred against another, discount it and if you have the opportunity go to them and tell them ‘please don’t talk about other people. Those who talk about others don’t have something [good] to present themselves.” Continue reading