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Turning Anger into Action

Dr Tim Winter (Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad) offers a thought-provoking historical perspective on Jerusalem. He suggests a way forward for all those who value genuine global peace based on justice and mercy.
Allah is the Lord of history…
We lost Jerusalem because we turned our backs on Allah to followed the failed systems of nationalism and secularism. When we Muslims once more deserve to be custodians of that Holy City, the golden door of Jerusalem will again be opened for us.

Prophet Muhammad’s Farewell Sermon

By Moin Qazi
“As you read these lines, 1.6 billion Muslims across the world, from Morocco to Jakarta, will be paying homage to the Prophet Muhammad on his birthday.

This day, 1,428 years ago, Prophet Muhammad delivered the historic Last Sermon (khutabat al-wida) on the parched terrain of Mount of Mercy (Jabal ar-Rahmah) in the Uranah valley of Mount Arafat, 20 kilometres east of Mecca. It was precisely  on the ninth day of Dhu al-Hijjah(12th and last month of the Islamic year -6 March 632)) in the tenth year of hijrah(migration from Mecca to Medina )   that  the Prophet addressed 1,44,000 pilgrims  The sermon , though seemingly addressed to a Muslim gathering, had a universal message…”

Real Thanksgiving

By Khalil Moya
“If we want Allah to remember us, then we should always remember Him. Allah says, “Remember Me. I will remember you. Be grateful to Me and do not reject Faith.”

Don’t blame others; blame yourself first!

By Essam Mahgoub
When things go wrong, its easy to point the finger of blame towards others. WE should always hold ourselves sincerely to account, first and foremost. Finding scapegoats and blaming others is not a useful pastime…

Concerning functional fatwas and disfunctional Muftis

By Abu Aaliyah
“Do fatwas change with place and time; if so, how? Is Islamic fiqh fossilised? Do we require a new fiqh for the 21st century? Are classically-trained muftis fit for purpose in today’s world? Should the ‘ulema be trained in the core philosophical underpinnings of modernity? Does the new maqasid-based fiqh offer a better way forward than the older models? Should Western Muslims rely on scholars from outside the West? These are the core concerns explored in this latest blog. In the course of the discussion, there is a brief reflection about just how legitimate the notion of a modern Islamic ‘state’ is…”

Islam is moderate. Some clerics have made it harsh.

By Moin Qazi
“The theme of moderation in religious practice has been the leitmotif in Islamic literature from the time of Prophet Muhammad. In the Quran and the Prophetic traditions that amplify it, Muslim women and men are called upon to exercise moderation in all aspects of their religious life.  The Prophet confirms the essence of Qur’an’s message: “Make things easy, do not make them difficult.”

Welcome to all the students

By Arshad Gamiet
“…if you take all the scientific theories and lay them side by side with the Quranic view of Creation. You will not find a simpler, more logical and rational explanation…”

Duties we owe to others

By Dr Husni Hammuda
“The Rohinya, for example, are one of the most persecuted people in the world today. We owe them a duty of care. They are our brothers and sisters and we should do whatever we can to help them in their hour of need….”

How we lose our Iman (faith)

By Nouman Ali Khan
“Losing your faith comes gradually, not overnight. Beware of keeping bad company. Choose your firends wisely. Seek out friends who love Allah and do good…”

Islam is easy: We make it difficult!

By Nouman Ali Khan
“Sometimes, in our dealings with people, we are too impatient with them. We must be forbearing, mercifull, patient, just as Allah is patient with our own misbehaviour….”