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Trump’s world: the implications for Muslims

By Ebrahim Rasool
“South African Muslims enjoy respect and affection of the Black majority because we played a key role in the struggle against Apartheid. The lesson for Muslim minorities elsewhere is simply this: Be inclusive, be generous, be visibly engaged in helping others establish social and economic justice. That’s how you ensure a safe future for Islam in your country….”

Hardship: A Test of Faith and Patience

By Atif Jung
“As believers, we know that this life is not our final destination. The Quran promises us that we will be tested to our limits of endurance, to sort out the true from the false…”

A Good Time to be Muslim

By Arshad Gamiet
” Don’t be surprised if one day the descendants of Islam-haters and Muslim-baiters stand shoulder to shoulder with us in our Salaat. That’s entirely within Allah’s power. Allah has the power to do as He pleases…”

Lessons from Sura Al A’raf

By Omar Galal
“Beware of egotistical Sheikhs who are quick to issue fatwas. The really wise Sheikhs are modest, careful and quick to say “I don’t know the answer, but let’s find out…”

Challenges and Opportunities for Muslims in 2017

By Arshad Gamiet
” Let’s become visibly useful Muslims. Make Islam visible. Show that Islam is the best solution. Islam is not a problem, but lazy Muslims are. Protest marches by themselves are not enough. Anyone can make a noise and impress the world in front of a TV camera. That’s the easy bit. The hard bit takes longer, but it’s more effective. The hard bit is working day by day, to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people around you. When we do this, we earn love and respect for Muslims and for Islam…”

Ma sha Allah: Acknowledge Allah with gratitude (Sura Al Kahf)

By Osman Latif (Uthman Lateef)
“We should always humbly attribute our success and our wealth to Allah. Sura Al Kahf shows us the example of a man so puffed up with self-importance that he humiliated his poorer neighbour and forgot to thank Allah. His wealth was destroyed overnight, and his neighbour gently reminded him to acknowledge the Will of Allah; not to massage his own ego…

Helping Muslims in Aleppo and other war zones

By Dr Husni Hammuda
“The people of Syria are like you and me: They had homes, jobs, schools, and suddenly their whole world is turned upside down. No one is there to help them. They deserve our help. Give whatever you can: money, food, clothing: anything that can help restore their dignity, their lives, their safetly…”

Jesus and Mary: Nabi Eesa and Bibi Maryam

By Sheikh Abdul Hamid Lachporia
“Islam does not divorce reason from faith and reason from revelation. It was this union of intellect and faith that resulted in the great achievements of Islamic culture in all the various spheres. ..”

Trust Allah

By Arshad Gamiet
“It’s in a crisis that we show what we’re really made of. When we face a personal calamity, do we panic? Do we resort to desperate actions? Do we throw aside our moral and ethical values? Or do we calmly accept that Allah is testing us. Do we show our complete faith and trust in Allah? Do we do the right thing, even though it may be painful or difficult? This is the acid test. ..”

Muslims and Christmas

By Atif Jung
“While we Muslims respect our Christian friends and neighbours, we do not celebrate Christmas. The Pagans had a winter festival which was adopted by Christians and later evolved into the event known as Christmas today…”