As you may or may not know, there are a lot of elongated skulls that have been found and studied by archeologists, anthropologists and others. Many of these skulls are not naturally shaped that way: they are artificially and intentionally deformed through flattening or binding. This practice predates written history and can be found throughout the world in cultures that are supposedly completely distinct from each other geographically. (see this article for exampe)
As I write these words, the last few hours are about to drop from the top of the 2017 hourglass into the past…
I have been a little busy over the past few months to maintain this blog unfortunately. I hope that I will be able to be more consistent in the year ahead.
I have read a large number of books over the past year, so let me share a couple of lines about 12 of them, one for every month, in no particular order.
So, on December 16, 2017, the Pentagon admitted that they were studying UFOs. Officially! What to make of it?
Wahhabism and Kharijism 6:
a few more details before moving on
I wanted to write one last entry concerning the ties between Kharijism and Wahhabism that also connects a lot of the dots together by providing finer details and nuances concerning the rise and operations of Wahhabism. (Please note that these entries are part of the series entitled Making Sense of Wahhabism. The links to all the articles in the series are provided at the bottom of this page.)
Wahhabism and Kharijism 5:
Highlighting the Parallels
(I remind you that these entries are part of the series entitled Making Sense of Wahhabism. The links to all the articles in the series are provided at the bottom of this page.)
As we mentioned previously, the movement of the Khawarij did not appear suddenly in the middle of the Battle of Siffin, right about when Imam Ali was about to regain control and be victorious. Many years prior to this incident, there was a man named Harqus, who objected to the manner in which Prophet Muhammad was dividing some items between the companions. The Prophet told his companions after the man left that there will be a people who will come out of him and who will follow him, and they will be the ones who exit religion as the arrow exits a bow (or how an arrow pierces through the body of an animal and exits it from the other side), and that he would fight them himself if he saw them. This narration is an indication that the seeds for this type of objectionist thought already existed in the time of Prophet Muhammad, that he was already aware of it, and that he warned his companions that they will reappear and cause mischief later so fight them and do not let them hijack religion.
Wahhabism and Kharijism 4
Muslim scholars linking Wahhabism to Kharijism (part 2)
This is the second part of the previous entry Muslim Scholars Linking Wahhabism to Kharijim. I wanted to emphasize that, in addition to the Muslim scholars themselves who consider Wahhabis as Khawarij (previous entry) the Salafists, Wahhabis, and Khawarij themselves call each other Khawarij! I remind you that these entries are part of the series entitled Making Sense of Wahhabism. The links to all the articles in the series are provided at the bottom of this page.