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Khuluq: Islamic manners and morals

By Essam Mahgoub
“Deep, penetrating knowledge is impossible without Taqwa, awe-inspired Allah awareness. For example, Al Khwarithmi was actually a scholar of Inheritance Law. He was so precise in his calculations that his work became known as “Algorithms” in mathematics. This amazing legacy is still in use today. It’s a vital part of computer programming. This is Allah’s gift to a talented servant whose search for knowledge was driven by Taqwa…”

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….”

A Hajj for future peace

By Rabbi Allen S Maller
“The ritual slaughter of Qurbani (Korban in Hebrew) Halal/Kosher animals toward the end of all the ritual reenactments comes to teach everyone that: “Their flesh and their blood do not reach Allah, but the devotion from you reaches Him.” (Quran 22:37). This is the same basic understanding that the Hebrew Prophets and the Rabbis gave to the offerings in the Temple of Solomon. 

Thus we can understand why “Prophet Muhammad was once asked by his Companions: “O Prophet of Allah! What is this qurbani?” He replied, “It is the Sunnah of your father Ibrahim.”

Sunni, Shi’a, Sufi or Salafi: Who is a real Muslim?

by Arshad Gamiet
“For the first time in 1400 years, scholars from Sunni and Shia, true Sufi and and true Salafi traditions came together to clarify these 3 vital issues: (1) Who is a Muslim? (2) Are Muslims allowed to declare other Muslims as apostates [to call them Kafir; to commit Takfir] (3) and finally, what are the qualifications to issue a Fatwa [a legal ruling]. The 200 leading scholars from around the world all came to a unanimous agreement on these vital issues……

Refugees: A Human Condition

By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
“in 1492, the Ottoman
Sultan Bayezid II welcomed over 150,000 Jews fleeing Spanish persecution to Turkey, granting them citizenship and then building beautiful synagogues—many stand to this day—for the newly arrived refugees. In the 1840’s, during the Irish potato famine, Ottoman Sultan Abdul-Majid sent not only money but ships with grain to provide relief for the needy. In 1860, when local Druze attacked the Christian quarter in Damascus, Emir Abdelkader of Algeria saved over four thousand Christians, including the French consul and his staff, by giving them refuge in his compound and defending them with his Algerian troops…”

A short khutbah on the Hajj

By Arshad Gamiet
“Hajj is an outward journey tracing the spiritual history of Islam. It is also the inward journey each and every one of us must undertake, to find our own centre, in the Kaaba of our heart. What desires, what emotions and passions are still circling, making tawaaf around our spiritual heart? Thespiritual heart, the qalb is the locus of our personality. This is our real driving force. Let’s make sure that it is surrounded by loving thoughts of Remembrance of our most Beloved, Allah…”

A history of Al Aqsa mosque

By Dr Husni Hammuda
“In the opening verse of Sura Al Isra’ Allah mentions the blessed precincts of the Al Aqsa mosque. It is a very special place. It is the only mosque on earth where Prophet Muhammad sws led all his predecessors in prayer, during the auspicious Night Journey and Ascention (Al Isra wal Mi’raj)…

What is the purpose of your life?

By Sheikh Abdul Hamid Lachporia
“We may live for 60 to 100 years on this Doonya, but we are going to spend  many, many years in eternity Insha’ Allah. This is the warm-up – the dress rehearsal. We were created by Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala for Him, and until we figure that out, life is a series of problems: ..”