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The Quran’s message for all humanity

By Aslam Abdullah
“The Quran addresses human beings as “Ya aiyuhal Nas” (O Humankind) directly 306 times and indirectly more than two thousand times in its over 6,000 verses. In contrast the Quran specifically addresses Muslim men and women (Ya aiyuhal Muslimun/Muslimat/Muslimatun/etc) by name only 49 times. How can anyone refuse to share a copy of the Quran with non-Muslims? In fact, the first revelation that the prophet received was first recited by the Prophet to non-Muslims…”

I applaud British Islam’s refusal to bow to the establishment

By Giles Fraser in The Guardian
“This good Muslim/bad Muslim distinction has history, of course. It was precisely this distinction that the British colonial authorities used to separate the secular, wine-drinking, western-integrated, moderate Muslims who were prepared to collaborate with British rule and the suspiciously religious, uppity, bearded Muslims who refused to bend the knee to colonial power. As the Oxford professor Tariq Ramadan has rightly pointed out, the good Muslim/bad Muslim distinction is entirely unhelpful, not least because it associates being good and moderate with some diminution of a Muslim’s religiosity. The distinction effectively says: if you are brown and pray more times a day than the local vicar then you should probably expect to have your phone tapped….”

Lessons from history: Genghis Khan and the Mongols

By Sheikh Abdul Hamid Lachporia
” In his anger the prince told Jamal that a dog was worth more than a Persian. Jamal  replied, “Yes. If we did not have the true faith, we would indeed be worse than  dogs.” Tuqluq was struck by the reply. He inquired what Jamal meant by the true  faith. When Jamal explained the message of Islam Tuqluq was convinced…”

Building a fortress in the last 10 days of Ramadan

By Mohammed Saleem
“All too often, as we engage in our deeply personal worship in these ten nights, repenting to Allah and seeking His forgiveness, we forget that one of the essentials of repentance is that we resolve any violations we have committed towards others. Ramadan is a time where we see more of the Muslims than at other times of the year, at communal iftaars, taraweeh and other activities. We will see those who we have wronged or those who have wronged us. Just as the process of fasting, taraweeh and ‘itikaf naturally facilitate the disciplining of the soul in Ramadan, the social light of this month, bringing the Muslims together, gives each of us an opportunity to heal past rifts and move forward. The last ten nights are a chance to bury old grudges and forgive one another, so that we can together invoke Allah on the Night of Power to forgive all of us for our violations towards Him…”

Modernity, Mindfulness and Divine Mindfulness

By Shaykh Riad Saloojee
“Muslims should not be uncritical in accepting mindfulness meditation as yet another attempt to treat the spiritual void generated by secular materialism. For all its perceived benefits, mindfulness remains a fast-food solution to the spiritual hunger of our times. It is a proverbial doughnut that satiates symptoms but does not address root malnutrition…”

The law and spirit of moonsighting

By Shaykh Riad Saloojee
“Like the full moon.” So said countless companions describing the Beloved ﷺ.  For under the harsh and relentless gaze of the desert Arabian sun, the moon is a welcome and glorious relief.  It gifts a majestic, luminous light that guides us through the darknesses of our nights while captivating us with the face of its loving, radiant beauty.  The moonstruck cannot look away…

On Death and Dying, by Ustadh Salman Yunas

By Ustadh Salman Younas
“I knew my father had moved into another room that was out of my sight. But I was no longer afraid to have the door to that room opened for me because I knew that he would be there. It was the first time in a long time that I was not afraid to leave the room my daughter was in for the room my father had gone too…”

What unifies Englishness and Islam?

By Dr Timothy Winter (Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad)
“…. David Cameron,.. after his brief stay with a Birmingham Muslim family, remarked:
Family breakdown, drugs, crime and incivility are part of the normal experience of modern Britain. Many British Asians see a society that hardly inspires them to integrate. Indeed, they see aspects of modern Britain which are a threat to the values they hold dear – values which we should all hold dear. Asian families and communities are incredibly strong and cohesive, and have a sense of civic responsibility which puts the rest of us to shame. Not for the first time, I found myself thinking that it is mainstream Britain which needs to integrate more with the British Asian way of life, not the other way around..”

Jihad and Martyrdom, War and Peace

By Abu Aaliyah
“Is Islam a conquest ideology more than an actual religion, as some now claim? Is Jihad identical to ‘perpetual war’ in Islam’s grand political scheme of things? And is the life of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ mostly about blood and gore and body counts? These are the issues addressed here…”