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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…

The Muslim Documents Everyone Must Know

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.”

Islam and Jerusalem

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…..

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…”