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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..”

‘Flu and illness are tests of patience

By Dr Husni Hammuda
“Illness is a form of expiation of sins. Prophet Muhammad reminds us that if we endure the discomfort of ill health in this life with patience, Allah will remove from our burdens in the next life…”

Empathy: the lesson of Sura Al Fiil (The Elephant)

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…

Learning to Trust Allah

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?”

Know Allah by His 99 Beautiful Names

By Salim Ebrahim
“How can we humble human beings truly get to know our Creator? We are creatures of dust, with limited capacities. Yet Allah wants us to know Him, love Him and Worship Him alone. We cannot gain any knowledge of Allah except what pleases Allah to show us. Therefore, the Holy Quran constantly refers to Allah by His 99 Beautiful Names (Asma-ul-husna)…”

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.

Be like Muhammad! sws

By Nuradeen Ahmad
“Prophet Muhammad sws was not just a man of theory. He was a man of action. All the wisdom that we find in the Holy Quran and Hadith is only of value in theory until we learn it, love it and live it.  We Muslims must make it work, as our Prophet did. Islam must become a living reality in our lives, in our personal behaviour, in our personal conduct, in our families and neighbourhoods. Islam  was never meant to be an academic curiosity, fit only for the dusty bookshelves in libraries and museums…”

Managing Change Effectively

By Dr Husni Hammuda
“For better or for worse, Allah warns us in His Holy Book that Allah will never change the condition of a people until they start to change what is within themselves…” This is a clear warning that we are all responsible for improving or worsening our situation. Allah only helps those who patiently persevere in seeking His good pleasure…”

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.”