Hagar, and the power of Nothingness…

By Dr Kamran Riaz
“Sacrifice is about giving up everything and anything that we hold dear, but it is also to give up one’s sense of nothingness, which is often the last remaining possession of one who has nothing. To put it another way, it means to sacrifice your sense of being a victim and giving up even your feeling sorry for yourself.Sometimes, giving this up is more difficult that giving up everything in the world.

But perhaps this is why this sacrifice is required—to bring in the power of the Divine, the power of nothingness must be given up in return. Hajar understood this. So must we.”

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Ayat: verse, sign and miracle in Al-Qur’an

By Dr Husni Hammuda
“There is a saying in Portuguese, that a man isn’t a man until he has done three thiings: He has become a father, he has planted a tree, and he has authored a book. This reminds me of a Hadith of Prophet Muhammad sws, which says that there are three things that live on after our death: A righteous child that prays for him, an ongoing charity that benefits others, and knowledge that he left behind to guide people to good deeds.”

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Jail for Circumcision?

By Rabbi Allen Maller
“Jewish and Muslim religious groups have condemned a bill in Iceland’s parliament that would ban circumcision for non-medical (i.e. religious) reasons. Even a Bishop in Reykjavik, warned that if it passed Jewish and Muslim people would feel “unwelcome” in Iceland…”

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Contemporary challenges to Islam and Muslims

By Abu Aaliyah
“‘I think it must have been easy enough in earlier ages in the Christian world, and is still easy in those parts of the Muslim world which remain traditional, to hold to a simple faith without much intellectual content. I do not believe this is any longer possible in the modern world, for the spirit of our times asks questions – questions for the most part hostile to faith – which demands answers, and those answers can only come from informed and thoughtful faith, from study and meditation.’

‘Whatever our religion, we can no longer be sure of holding onto it out of habit or by an act of will. We have to be, if not theologians, then at the very least people who study their religion and who think about…”

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Welcome speech to Mosque Open Day

By Arshad Gamiet
“‘Salaam’ is a very important word. It means “Peace.” And from the same word comes “Islam”, the “Way of Peace”. And “Muslim,” “one who follows the Way of Peace, and one who is completely at peace, inwardly and outwardly.”

Being at peace, both inwardly and outwardly means that you have complete faith and trust in your generous Life-Giver. Therefore, your total personality, your body, your mind, heart and soul are in perfect harmony. You are in complete equilibrium at all times, and no outside events can unsettle you or distress you. This is what it really means to be a Muslim in the truest sense of the word…”

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Allah’s Beautiful Names

By Salim Ebrahim
“All the beautiful things we love in this world, merely reflect that Supreme Beauty.
The Prophet Mohammed SAW reported in a Hadith Qudsi “Allah is Beautiful and he loves Beauty” Akhlaq or Conduct that is in motive and in manner, beautiful, is also the best Akhlaq and the most pleasing to Allah..”

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