I have talked to akhi Asadullah Ali al-Andalusi and he has impressive credentials when it comes to Muslim apologetics and comparative religion. This is a brief background of him from what he has told me, and from what is already known publicly. Asadullah is especiality focusing on the ideology of Atheism, which is not common among Muslims.
At present, brother Asadullah Ali is a research fellow for Yaqeen Institute and the founder of the Andalusian Project, an independent research platform for counter-Islamophobia studies.
Asadullah Ali also holds degrees in both Western and Islamic Philosophy and last I checked he is currently pursuing his Ph.D in Islamic Studies as well at Universiti Malaya.
It is of interest to note that al-Andalusi specializes in topics related to the philosophy of science, atheism, terrorism, Islamic political thought and ethics, and other issues surrounding the global Muslim community. He has added on to the discourse of Islam versus materialism and atheism and has no doubt made a lot of contribution to Muslim apologetics in general.
With all these credentials that has been mentioned, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Asadullah Ali al-Andalusi is totally qualified to talk about the topics that I have mentioned.
Some ignorant Christian missionaries and Islamophobes have been spreading the lie that Muslims “worship” the Ka’abah simply because they kiss the Hajr al-Aswad (the Black Stone) during the pilgrimage ritual of the Hajj. The answer to this polemic is that Muslims kiss the Black Stone simply because the Prophet SAWS did the same during the performance of his Hajj.
In addition, we suggest that these Christian polemicists should look into their own Judeo-Christian tradition, where the Jews kiss the Western Wall during their visit to Jerusalem.
If Christians find the kissing of the Black Stone as “problematic”, they should not be hypocrites by not condemning the Jews who perform the very same practice with regard to the Western Wall.
It should currently be recognized that the Muslim world is an integral part of the Semitic tradition. For too long have the 1.5 billion Muslims, who compose 1/4 of this planet’s population been excluded from this fact, due to either lack of understanding or simply outright religious discrimination. The Near Eastern and Semitic Studies information Archive (NESSIA) is a digital library that aims to produce a collection of documents, books and images that are associated with the near east as well as Semitic studies.
The aim of NESSIA is to push for the understanding of the Muslim world, the faith of Islam and the Arabic language in the context of the Semitic linguistic, spiritual and cultural tradition. NESSIA is therefore a pioneering venture from the Muslim world into the sphere of Orientalism. The ultimate goal is to position itself as a helpful resource for students, academicians as well as laymen curious about these subjects to go to the site and use their collection as a resource for their references.