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Mental Health: an Islamic Pespective

By Dr Husni Hammuda
“Worry, sadness and depression are normal human conditions that usually come we all feel at times. What is not usual is for these feelings to persist indefinitely. We must seek help when prolonged depression shows not sign of going away…”

Rajab: a very special month of seeking forgiveness

By Sheikh Abdul Hamid Lachporia
“Beloved People of Imaan! What does it signify when we repeat: “Ih’dinas Seerathal Mustaqeem” [Guide us on the Straight Path]. The Straight Path is the path that leads directly to Almighty Allah and it is the path trodden by all the Ambiya Alayhim Salaam. The Straight Path that we are praying to Almighty Allah is not the path devised by any particular race, community or by any particular religious group…”

Hagar, and the power of Nothingness…

By Dr Kamran Riaz
“Sacrifice is about giving up everything and anything that we hold dear, but it is also to give up one’s sense of nothingness, which is often the last remaining possession of one who has nothing. To put it another way, it means to sacrifice your sense of being a victim and giving up even your feeling sorry for yourself.Sometimes, giving this up is more difficult that giving up everything in the world.

But perhaps this is why this sacrifice is required—to bring in the power of the Divine, the power of nothingness must be given up in return. Hajar understood this. So must we.”

Ayat: verse, sign and miracle in Al-Qur’an

By Dr Husni Hammuda
“There is a saying in Portuguese, that a man isn’t a man until he has done three thiings: He has become a father, he has planted a tree, and he has authored a book. This reminds me of a Hadith of Prophet Muhammad sws, which says that there are three things that live on after our death: A righteous child that prays for him, an ongoing charity that benefits others, and knowledge that he left behind to guide people to good deeds.”

Jail for Circumcision?

By Rabbi Allen Maller
“Jewish and Muslim religious groups have condemned a bill in Iceland’s parliament that would ban circumcision for non-medical (i.e. religious) reasons. Even a Bishop in Reykjavik, warned that if it passed Jewish and Muslim people would feel “unwelcome” in Iceland…”

Contemporary challenges to Islam and Muslims

By Abu Aaliyah
“‘I think it must have been easy enough in earlier ages in the Christian world, and is still easy in those parts of the Muslim world which remain traditional, to hold to a simple faith without much intellectual content. I do not believe this is any longer possible in the modern world, for the spirit of our times asks questions – questions for the most part hostile to faith – which demands answers, and those answers can only come from informed and thoughtful faith, from study and meditation.’

‘Whatever our religion, we can no longer be sure of holding onto it out of habit or by an act of will. We have to be, if not theologians, then at the very least people who study their religion and who think about…”