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5 Difference Between the Covenants Initiative and a Common Word – Q & A with Charles Upton

In Religion on July 25, 2013 at 6:27 pm


  • ONE: Unlike A Common Word, the Covenants Initiative is based on newly-resdiscovered documents authored by the Prophet Muhammad himself, commanding Muslims not only to refrain from attacking and robbing peaceful Christian communities, but to actively protect them.
  • TWO: A Common Word is an initiative involving religious leaders; the Covenants Initiative seeks the support of any Muslim, whether prominent or unknown.
  • THREE: The Covenants Initiative is not an “interfaith” project in the usual sense of that word, not a “Word between Us and You”, but a unilateral Muslim action to publicize, as widely as possible—to Muslims, Christians, and anybody else, the existence and content of the Covenants—which are binding first upon Muslims since they are authored by Muhammad himself, the Prophet of Islam, peace and blessing be upon him. In the context of the expanding Islamic empire of his time they were treaties between Read the rest of this entry »

Feedback Request: The Covenants Initiative by Charles Upton

In Religion on July 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm


Discussion on Doubt, Faith and Certainty

In Qur'an, Spirit, heart & soul on July 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

Questions from Lesley Hazleton TED Talk

  1. Is certainty always rooted in arrogance? It’s interesting to see how certainty is connected to knowledge and our sense of self.
  2. Why aren’t any Muslim scholars on TED talking about these issues?

Charles Upton: Interestingly enough, I heard Seyyed Hossein Nasr address the issue of certainty during the short panel discussion after his talk to the Festival of the Faiths last month in Louisville, Kentucky (linked below. Q&A @ 1:55). His fellow panelist identified certainty with religious fanaticism. Dr. Nasr vociferously disagreed, declaring that man is made for certainty. To say that certainty can only be based on arrogance or ideological indoctrination is to say that the human soul can never encounter Allah, which is one short step from Read the rest of this entry »

Technology Is Not Sacred by Charles Upton

In technology on June 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm

islamic_fractal_star_-_outlined_-_full_product_pageTechnology has no intrinsic relationship to the sacred one way or another; it is a category of al-Dunya. To the degree we have realized Allah in the Inner, we can see the objects and events of the outer world as signs of His nature and action—but if we try to seek Him in the outer without having first met Him in the Inner, we will be led astray. 

God is not one of the objects of the universe; to believe that He is such an object is the essence of idolatry. An idol is anything that the ego identifies with in order to posit its own separate reality. To worship the stars, the moon, the sun is essentially to say: “I am stars, moon and sun because I can recognize them and encompass them with my individual consciousness; in worshipping them I worship myself” [cf. Qur’an 6:77-79]. But Allah cannot be encompassed by our individual consciousness; He is not an idol; He is al-Haqq, the Real.

Sun, moon and stars are not divine, but they are signs Read the rest of this entry »