By Sheikh Hasan Elwan.
A thought provoking khutbah about the true meaning of Sura Al Fiil (The Elephant). Through empathy we can understand the fear and pain of our enemy, and not to react in kind. We should understand and acknowledge their fear, and seek to win over their hearts and minds. By self-mastery, taming our inward state, we can become agents of mercy to others…
By Sheikh Hasan Elwan.
by Dr Hossam Roushdi
By Arshad Gamiet
“We live in uncertain times. This week the mega-business Carillion went into liquidation. Many jobs and livelihoods will be lost. How should we behave when we lose our job or face a calamity? Do we panic? Do we react in a desperate or unethical way? Or do we take a deep breath and trust Allah to deliver us safely to a better future?”
By Abu Aaliyah
“”‘There is no clergy in Islam’ is an oft-repeated claim we Muslims tend to voice to non-Muslims about our religion. Of course, the assertion is perfectly sound if we mean that there is no ordaining body and nor any ecclesiastical hierarchy. Instead, every Muslim is required to grow in Islamic knowledge and deepen their personal faith and devotion to God. But if what is intended by the phrase is a denial of any type of hierarchy based upon meritocracy, or dismissing the existence of a formally trained scholarly class, then this is utterly at odds with the textual proofs of the Qur’an and the Sunnah.”
by Nuradeen Ahmad
by Nasser Mohammed
By Dr Moin Qazi
“Contrary to general belief, Muslim women have held the flag of enlightenment all through the historical ages. The early Muslim community recognized and honoured a wide spectrum of female roles and responsibilities. A mother was considered the first school for her children. In Islam, a woman is seen as an individual in her own right, an independent entity, and not a shadow or adjunct to her husband or any other man. Islamic history abounds with abundance of women, both past and present, who have achieved and contributed significantly to intellectual and cultural life in the Islamic world..”
By John Andrew Morrow
“Islam, true Islam, traditional, civilizational Islam, balances justice with mercy. It creates a tolerant, pluralistic, society, governed by the rule of law, which provides equality and equity for all its citizens regardless of race, ethnicity, tribal affiliation, gender, social class or economic status.
“I have left two things,” said the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, “the Qur’an and my Sunnah” (Malik and Muslim). The Qur’an and the Sunnah, which includes the Constitution of Madinah and the Covenants of the Prophet, provide fundamental and universal civil and human rights. Islam, and by Islam, I mean traditional Islam, I mean classical Islam, provides safety and security for both Muslims and non-Muslims.”
A Christmas Day Tribute
By Moin Qazi
“The Qur’an does not believe that Jesus is divine but it devotes more space to the story of his virginal conception and birth than does the New Testament, presenting it as richly symbolic of the birth of the Spirit in all human beings (Q 19:17-29; 21:91). The Quranic writings say Jesus was betrayed and sentenced to die on the cross. According to Islamic narrative, Jesus was not crucified; instead, a man who looked like him was. Muslims believe Jesus did not die but risen bodily to Heaven by God, from whence he will return to Earth before the Day of Judgment to restore justice and to defeat al-Masih ad-Dajjal (“the false messiah”), also known as the Antichrist.”
By Dr Hossam Roushdi
“Why is Jerusalem so important to Muslims? Why did Allah choose Jerusalem rather than Makkah or Madinah for the miraculous Night Journey (Isra and Mi’raj) of Prophet Muhammad sws?”
Dr Hossam Roushdi explains the historical and spiritual background in the light of current events…..