Khutbah: Know yourself, know Allah

By Arshad Gamiet
“We can control our lower Self by treating our ugly passions like wild animals that need to be tamed. Do not deny them. Acknowledge them, but be a good zoo-keeper. Keep those beasts under control. Always refer to your Higher Self. Refer to your Soul, your Ruuh, the ‘breath of Allah’ within you. The Ruuh never changes, but the spiritual heart, the Qalb, is always susceptible to change…”

The 3 Most Precious Moments during Ramadan

By Dr Moin Shubib
“There are 3 most precious moments during Ramadan. These moments offer us special opportunities to renew ourselves, leave bad habits and come closer to Allah. If we don’t catch those opportunities, we lose them, perhaps forever…”

Imam Abu Hanifa: Think good of others; make excuses for them!

““A man once came to the learning-circle of Imām Abū Hanīfah (may God have mercy on his soul) and asked the great Imam whether or not his neighbour was a Muslim. He asked the Imam that if his neighbour died, if he had to wash his body, bury him, and pray the Janāzah prayer over him…”

Beware of your inward state!

By Arshad Gamiet
“Prophet Muhammad said that whenever people are studying, seeking knowledge for Allah’s sake, then Allah’s angels are there, surrounding them with their wings. You and I cannot see the angels but they are certainly here, protecting us right now. In the same way, we cannot see the devils, the jinn, the subtle beings that try to mislead us from the Straight Path, the Sirat al mustaqeem. But they are there, nonetheless, waiting in ambush to entrap us!”

How Stephen Hawking Supported the Palestinian cause

Ali Abunimah, a Palestinian-American journalist, wrote: “When we look back in a few years, Hawking’s decision to respect BDS may be seen as a turning point – the moment when boycotting Israel as a stance for justice went mainstream”.

The Revelation Of Ramadan And Shavuot

By Rabbi Allen Maller
“Individuals who hear a prophet may choose to believe or disbelieve, but in this case God Almighty makes “an offer that you can’t refuse,” so, as far as Judaism is concerned, everyone of the Children of Israel has to struggle for all generations to come, with living up to the covenant their ancestors chose to enter into at Mount Sinai.

This concept, of a chosen (by being pressed into being a) choosing people, can and among many ultra orthodox Jews has, lead to exaggerated and self-righteous feelings of pride…”