Author Archives: Salah Al Ansari

The Takfiri position on Weapons of Mass Destruction (part 2)

Part one of this piece noted that the Takfiri jihadists have already produced a theological, jurisprudential justification for the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (“WMDs”). This article explains why their reasoning is wrong. It also illustrates the fundamental compatibility between the modern principles of international humanitarian law with Islamic ethical principles espoused by Muslim

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The Takfiri position on Weapons of Mass Destruction (part 1)

Ben Wallace, the Home Office minister, recently delivered a chilling warning to the country. Speaking, at last month’s National Security Summit, he advised that the threat of chemical weapon attacks on Britain’s streets is getting closer and “is real”. Wallace set out the position, starkly, and in one eloquent statement: “The only limits to the

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The Islamic penal code: What do Qur’an, hadith and Muslim interpreters say?

Last month, two Malaysian Muslim women were canned in public following a conviction for homosexuality. This repugnant and humiliating treatment of homosexual people is perhaps rare in Malaysia. Yet, similar corporal punishments are repeatedly implemented by some states and non-state actors. The most shocking example of this practice is the horrific photos of a man

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The State and the Burqa

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has faced severe criticism over his remarks about women in burqas. Although his comments resulted in predictable controversy, they unfortunately failed to foster a healthy public debate about the burqa and the propriety of a state ban on wearing the garment in public. Instead, the discussion focused on the issues

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