The Defeatist Thinker

The Defeatist Thinker…It’s our Fault Syndrome

The Defeatist Thinker Series: “‘Well, it’s our Fault!’ Syndrome” ____________  Some Muslims think along the following lines: [P5] I can’t speak out against the injustice, discrimination and rise of Islamophobia in the society helped by Government policies because we as a community are to blame for creating the situation. __________________ [C5] Therefore, we shouldn’t speak … Continue reading

The Defeatist Thinker

The Defeatist Thinker…Dont rock the boat Syndrome

The Defeatist Thinker Series: “‘Don’t Rock the Boat!’ Syndrome” ____________ Some Muslims think along the following lines: [P4] I can’t speak out against the injustice, discrimination and rise of Islamophobia in the society helped by Government policies as that would rock the boat and create difficult conditions for Muslims. __________________ [C4] Therefore, we shouldn’t speak … Continue reading

The Defeatist Thinker

The Defeatist Thinker…You’re causing trouble Syndrome

The Defeatist Thinker Series: “‘You’re Causing Trouble for Everyone!’ Syndrome” ____________  Some Muslims think along the following lines: [P3] I can’t speak out against the injustice, discrimination and rise of Islamophobia in the society helped by Government policies as that would make life difficult for Muslims living in the West. __________________ [C3] Therefore, we shouldn’t … Continue reading

The Defeatist Thinker

The Defeatist Thinker…Gotta Survive Syndrome

The Defeatist Thinker Series: “‘Sorry, But I Gotta Survive!’ Syndrome” ____________  Some Muslims think along the following lines: [P2] I can’t afford to speak out against the injustice, discrimination and rise of Islamophobia in the society helped by Government policies as that would endanger the survival of my madrasa/institution/Mosque. __________________ [C2] Therefore, we shouldn’t speak … Continue reading

The Defeatist Thinker

The Defeatist Thinker…What’s the point Syndrome

The Defeatist Thinker Series: “‘Oh, What’s the Point!’ Syndrome” __________  Some Muslims think along the following lines: [P1] Anything Muslims as a community or as representational organisations will say will be ignored. The government just won’t listen to them and they won’t change. __________________ [C1] Therefore, there’s no point in speaking out against the government … Continue reading

Fallacies (المغالطات)

The ‘You’re not like Abu Bakr’ Fallacy

The ‘You’re not like Abu Bakr!’ Fallacy This is a fallacy whereby a person outlaws, declares impermissible or suspends an injunction of the Shariah based on the failure of current Muslims to be like the greatest generation of the Prophet – The Companions (sahabah). The reasoning is something like this: P1. I know that X … Continue reading

Fallacies (المغالطات)

Some Exegetical Fallacies:Part 1

Some Exegetical Fallacies_part 1 *** [1] The False Cause Fallacy: Many argue that just because the Qur’an allows something, this permission or allowance is a direct cause of something morally objectionable. Thus, they question the very text of the Qur’an and its applicability. Argument: P1.The Qur’an grants permission x, P2. But x causes y which … Continue reading